Category Archives: Fido 411

Buddy Wingo

Buddy-Wingo’s Lumpectomy

Cochise, on DST
Cochise tells the tale

Our pal, Buddy Wingo went to Cedarwood Veterinary Hospital this morning for a follow-up appointment.

honey as a topical antibiotic
The wound when he arrived here.

He’s had a hemispherical lump growing in the gash that HairyFace has been tending. The gash was healing nicely: skin closing over the exposed flesh, no infection (thanks to a honey of a new treatment).  By this morning just a small crack was left and the lump standing proud.  We all hoped the skin would climb up over the lump and the lump would eventually be reabsorbed into his body.  But that wasn’t happening.  In fact, the skin was digging in under the lump.

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Booker Da Brindle-Boxer Steele

  • Intake: 09/18/2017
  • From: Newport Animal Control
    (held there since early July)
  • Age: 1 year (approx.)
  • Weight: approx. 75 lbs

This fit young fellow is energetic, adventurous and up for anything. He’s ready to join your active lifestyle.

Among his favorite things are peeing on inanimate objects, truck riding, and playing with friends. He dislikes snooty folks who won’t pet him (that would be people: he has yet to meet a dog he didn’t like).

Booker is available for adoption through Steele Away Home – Canine Foster and Rescue.

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Nutmeg: Notes on a Foster Dog

NutmegNutmeg Steele arrived today.

She appears to be a Black & Tan Hound.  She is as sweet as can be.

We were told she’s 3 years old.  The vet at her spaying said 6 months.  Jen and I think more like just under a year.

She gets along with other dogs, she gets along with cats, not so good with chickens, and she rides well.  We’re told she’s a “gate climber”, but we’re not sure what that means.  She’ll be on a long lead when in the yard until we know if she’ll be going “over the wall” at her first opportunity.  She is a little timid at first with people, but warms up quickly and becomes affectionate.  Did I mention that she’s really sweet?  This Nutmeg is sweet as sugar. Continue reading Nutmeg: Notes on a Foster Dog

Buddy Wingo

Buddy Wingo: FrankenFoster

Buddy WingoBuddy Wingo is an 8 year old beagle who had been attacked by three large dogs.  An eye witness said Buddy didn’t fight back, the others were going to kill him and he was going to let them.  That’s how sweet-natured this guy is.

Until recently Buddy looked like something out of a Frankenstein movie: criss-crossed by lines of sutures where Cedarwood’s staff cleaned up his torn flesh and stitched him back together.  He’s also had some plastic surgery to deal with granulations and scar tissue.  Buddy Wingo has been in intensive care at Cedarwood for a month, but now he is ready to go into rehabilitation and can be moved to a medically aware foster home.  That’s where we come in. Continue reading Buddy Wingo: FrankenFoster

Julian Gets Nuttered

Doug
The dogtor is in

Julian was neutered on Friday.

Blondie Bear; in her sweet, misguided way, says he was nuttered: which is still correct if you think about it.

That first afternoon he was pretty sore and walked around stiff-legged on the back end.

He had a good nap that afternoon and was feeling better that evening.  But he started licking at his incision.  This has to be discouraged because keeping the incision wet promotes bacterial growth, which quickly becomes an infection.  Since he’s due to transport out next Friday we really do not want that. Continue reading Julian Gets Nuttered

Shiloh: Notes On a Rescue Dog

Shiloh arrived here on the evening of July 28th, 2017.  I picked her up from the mobile spay/neuter clinic after her surgery.  Fortunately I used a large transport box for this because it took hours before she was able to stand and walk about on her own.  I have a loading dock on my workshop, so I just slid the box from the back of my pick-up onto the dock and into the workshop and let her rest until she was ready.

Shiloh’s Backstory

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Sylvia – Notes on a Foster Dog

SylviaSylvia is a 7 year old Shar Pei mix with a checkered past.  She is affectionate but not clingy.  She shares the yard with most other dogs, but does not engage in play other than running with a group.

She’s kind of a loner.

Fast Facts

  • She has been spayed and all her shots are up to date except rabies and she is on heartworm preventative.
  • She has been crate trained and pee pad trained.
  • Sylvie currently bunks in a pen and has had multiple neighbors: male and female.  She has gotten along just fine with all of them.
  • Amy says Sylvia gets along great with CATS.
  • She does show strong alpha-dog tendencies including an insistence on peeing on all the spots the male dogs have marked.

Sylvia’s Story

Sylvia is one of 20+ dogs taken to the Humane Society of Jefferson County after Animal Control removed them all from a single hoarding situation.  Most of them are Shar Pei mixes.  All of them exhibited some degree of fearfulness.  Some of them had never had ANY human contact and had had to fight for the little food that was occasionally tossed out for them.  During Sylvia’s stay she tested positive for heartworm and the shelter was not equipped to properly care for a dog going through HW treatment so they appealed to Steele Away Home – Canine Foster and Rescue for help.  But not before she stole the hearts of the shelter staff.

Sylvia and another dog in the group had recently given birth to litters of puppies.  The other momma dog attacked Sylvia’s litter and killed several of them and wounded Sylvie.  The other momma had to be euthanized because of her “killer” behavior, leaving her pups motherless so the staff tried giving them to Sylvia.  She eagerly adopted them and mothered them until weaned.  But she needed special accommodations because she was so protective she’d charge the fencing if any dog was walked by.  Once her foster mother duties were completed, she went into foster care herself for treatment.

Amy Huff was her first foster home and brought her a long ways from the terrified, defensive dog she was.  Amy had cats, which Sylvie got along with just fine, but no dogs.   Sylvie needed more group interaction, so Amy began bringing Sylvie here to play in our yard, meet our dogs and to meet me.  That went well and after a few weeks of visits, Sylvie came here to live, and I’ve been working on socializing her further.

Sylvia is now quite accepting and friendly with both me and my wife, Marie, and has been friendly to strangers who visited. She has gotten along well with all of our dogs … except Blondie Bear.  At first Sylvie ignored Blondie while they were in the yard together.  But after a while Sylvie decided to challenge her:


I needed to step in quickly to avert a potential fight.  That antagonism continues, but only toward Blondie Bear – and we don’t know why.  Blondie is the sweetest, most gentle thing you can imagine.

This means she cannot come in our house because Blondie lives in the house, so further house-manners training is out of the program unless I can resolve this.  She does, however, dance on her fencing with a toy clutched in her mouth when the others are in the yard, “I want to play too, I want to play too.  See: I have a TOY!  Let me play too.”  She really wants to get along, but her insecurity gets the better of her on the rare occasion.

Sylvia plays with “The Gang” in the yard. Cochise is missing: he’s taking a nap. (This was shot a while back)


She plays better with Julian when Josie is not in the mix.  She doesn’t like to compete for the attention of her playmate.

As you can see, Sylvie can play well with others.

July 23, 2017

sylvia in the poolSylvia knows how to cool off on a hot July afternoon!  She stayed in there for the longest time, then stepped out, shook off, and went to sunbathe on the doggie-cabin’s front porch.

“Buddy”: Notes On a Rescue Dog

Buddy is a 92 pound, senior, Golden Retriever picked up by Animal Control as a stray and delivered to an animal shelter.  The shelter vet looked at him and decided he didn’t have any obvious, serious health problems, but could not tell for sure what shape he was in without a good examination and blood tests.  Because he’s a senior, and because he does have skin issues and wounds on his feet, it’s not likely the shelter will invest limited resources in that examination, nor is it likely he will survive long in an over-crowded shelter.  So I brought him home as a foster-project.

June 30, 2017

Removing maggotsI took him to Cedarwood Veterinary Hospital right away and it was no trick at all to find out that we has infested with fleas and ticks (even I could see that) but he also had three large hot spots where the skin was raw and the flies had laid eggs, resulting in those areas being infested by maggots.  Two vet techs and I gloved up and worked for over an hour and a half to pull around two dozen ticks off and cut away the fur to expose the hot spots and clean out the maggots.  Continue reading “Buddy”: Notes On a Rescue Dog

Josephine – Notes on a foster dog

Josephine first came to our attention when the Humane Society of Jefferson County posted an urgent plea for rescue or foster of a female beagle mix who was so terrified by the “shelter” environment that she was at risk.  My wife, Marie, decided we needed to help this poor thing.  After some communication through Facebook, we drove out to pick her up for fostering.

Age: Approximately 9 months (as of May 2017).

History: Picked up as a stray by Animal Control in April.  She was terrified of everything.  The shelter environment only made that worse. She was placed into foster care to give her a peaceful environment and to work on her fear issues.

Health: Initially, her health was quite poor: the vet wasn’t sure she would survive.  By the time she came here her health was much improved except for a fungal skin condition brought on by anxiety, which is being treated.  She has been spayed, wormed,  and is current on vaccinations.

Personality: Once she calmed down she has become a playful, spunky, silly, lovable girl.  She craves attention (loves a gentle belly rub) and seeks it from people she trusts.  Josie is friendly and playful with all of our dogs, even those 3 times her size!  She is fearless and open with all of them. Continue reading Josephine – Notes on a foster dog

Julian

Julian – Notes On a Rescue Dog

When I first met Julian, he was sitting in an outside pen at the Humane Society where I work.  He was a mess.

Julian had been picked up by animal control because a resident called to report a dog fight.  I don’t have details about exactly what happened or what became of the other dog, but Julian got chewed up pretty badly, especially his head.  We were giving him antibiotics to fight infection and help his wounds heal.

He was sitting, with his feet all bunched up, on a toilet seat cover.  Someone gave us a bunch of them to use as comfies — we use them mostly for cats in their wall crates.  But here was this 60 pound boxer bunched up on this woolly toilet seat cover like it was the best thing in the world: an oasis of comfort in an otherwise miserable existence.   It was funny and heart breaking at the same time.

Over the weeks, Julian began to mend and he proved to be gentle and friendly when we worked with him.

Then we tested him for heartworm … and the test came up positive.  Our boss wasn’t surprised: Julian had obviously been neglected and allowed to run loose.  It was no shock to find he was not on a preventative.  She said the best thing to do was to put him down.  With his scars and the HW+ there was no way he was going to get adopted, and we don’t have the facilities to treat his HW anyway. Continue reading Julian – Notes On a Rescue Dog