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Your Dog’s Poop Tells a Tale

Talking about your canine friends excrement may not be a glamorous topic, but there are some things that all dog owners should be aware of and watching for.  Yes, that’s right: you need to be looking at your dog’s poop.

Why Examine Your Dog’s Poop

With dogs, as with people, what is excreted can give clues to problems that are building inside.  Watching for signs of trouble as you clean up after your dog can give you warning well before severe symptoms set in.   Here’s what to look for:

NOTE: To be as effective as possible I have included photos.  To be as inoffensive as possible, I have made the on-page photos very small.  Click the photos to view them full size — or skip that if you’re squeamish. Continue reading Your Dog’s Poop Tells a Tale

Cochise Goes to the Vet

Cochise, on bacon
Cochise tells the tale

After NiceLady left us to go off on her daily all-day-long-car-ride, HairyFace put my harness on me.

Blondie Bear and I got excited because that means we’re going off-property.  I don’t need to wear the harness when I’m in my yard, just to go out on a leash.  My muscular neck is bigger around than my head, so no collar will keep me securely on a leash if I want to get off.  The harness does.  Looks cool too: like a biker-dog.

Blondie Bear got upset when Hairy told her she needed to stay home.  She huffed and harrfed at us while Hairy and I went out and loaded into the truck.

When we got to the end of our driveway, we turned right, not left: we were not going to the trash place … where were we going?  The drive-through cookie store?

Continue reading Cochise Goes to the Vet

Fine, Just Fine

I inwardly cringe as I walk up the steps to the door.  Just inside I am met by a large fellow with a round, ruddy face.  He smiles broadly, “Well hey there, Doug, how you doing?” and sticks his hand out.  I wonder for a moment what would happen if I told him how I’m doing – but immediately dismiss that.  I’ve seen it before. I’d tell him about my concern and that would open the door to a rebuttal involving a litany of atrocities that make my ailments seem penny-ante indeed. So I shake his hand and say, “Fine, just fine.”  I deliberately leave off the expected, “and you?”  We will just leave that door closed.   We smile at one another and move in divergent directions.

This exchange is repeated a half-dozen times before I locate a spot that is the slack-water of the room where I can be present, but out of the way.  Not hiding, but not easily accessible either. Continue reading Fine, Just Fine

Buddy Wingo the Beagle

The De-Bageling of Buddy the Beagle Boy

Almost three months ago this sweet, loving, senior Beagle was attacked by three large dogs and torn to shreds.  The skilled hands at Cedarwood Veterinary Hospital stitched him back together, with little hope that he would survive.  But survive he did!

The last of his injuries to heal up has been a triangular patch on his rump where the skin was torn away and lost.

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Outline shows original missing skin.

Scar tissue cutting in under granulation (lump).

After granulation removed

Progress by October 10th.

All of the time since he came out of surgery, he has been wearing an e-collar: Cedarwood used a cone, but we switched to an inflatable Kong collar when he came here for recovery care. Continue reading The De-Bageling of Buddy the Beagle Boy

Here’s the Thing

The thing is that I don’t know enough about the thing to be able to quantify the thing well enough to discuss it accurately. Not that anyone cares about that; so many people spout off about so much without knowing much of anything about that thing.

Knowing what one was talking about would require the acquisition of facts. Who has time for that? Facts are anachronistic: relics from a bygone era when people cared about truth. No one cares about facts now. No one cares about truth now.  What matters now is how the thing makes you feel. Emotions are what rule our society now that The Enlightened have taken over.

Those who become indignant when The Enlightened burn homes and loot businesses of innocent bystanders because someone said or did something that upset The Enlightened, are knuckle-dragging bigots, bent on hauling society back into the caves of law, order, and morality.

And that’s the thing.

Sylvia’s Dust-up

Cochise, on DST
Cochise tells the tale

Sylvia is a Shar Pei mix.  Shar Peis have a reputation for  belligerence if not handled properly.  Add to that a history of having come from a hoarding situation.   She came into rescue and foster care as a scared, confused dog.  Her first foster home helped her get past the fear and some of her aggression.

When she started visiting here, she would wander our play yard with a mixture of us dogs in the yard with her, and she was fine with all of us.  She basically just ignored us as she went about sniffing and peeing on everything.

When she moved in to live here and got settled, she started thinking of this less as a park and more as home — and she got a bit territorial.  But, Blondie Bear was the only one she really had any issue with — and we never figured out why.  Blondie IS a mentor and Play Yard Trainer, but is the sweetest, most gentle girl you could ever meet.

But Sylvia started out with some dominance challenges: Continue reading Sylvia’s Dust-up

Revocable Salvation

salvation There is a school of thought (or church doctrine) which claims that if a Christian messes up they have to go back and get saved again, starting over from square one.  And if you drift away from the faith your salvation is revoked and you’re toast.

This thought is based upon Hebrews 6:4-6.  Let’s take a look at that.

For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, if they fall away,[a] to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame.

When we look at this passage alone, it would seem to support the doctrine of revocable salvation.  Churches that hold this idea as a cornerstone of their denominational doctrine point to Hebrews 3:12-14 and 2 Peter 2:20-22 as support for this thought.  But it is always dangerous to pull a passage out of Scripture and wave it around to make a point.  In fact, there are four doctrinal teachings on this passage.  In addition to the one above, we have: Continue reading Revocable Salvation

scrambled eggs and bacon

Buddy Wingo’s Big Bacon Score

Cochise, on bacon
Cochise tells the tale

HairyFace was in the food room fixing bacon and eggs for breakfast because it was breakfast time and the food room is where Peoples fix food.  Usually.  Sometimes NiceLady fixes food in the picture-box watching room using the box of fire in the wall.  But that’s only when it’s cold, and only on occasion.

We like bacon and eggs.  He gives each of us a little on our kibbles when the Peoples get bacon and eggs for breakfast.  Hairy was by the food-cooker-thing.  He pealed off a few strips of bacon and put them on the flat pan.  He set the rest of the bacon aside while he poured egg stuff into the pan with sides.  NiceLady was by the food vault at the other end of the counter, doing something.  She opened the food vault door.

Hairy turned to put the rest of the brand new package of bacon back into the food vault, but it wasn’t where he left it.  He assumed Lady had put it away for him since she was in there.  He went back to cooking. Continue reading Buddy Wingo’s Big Bacon Score

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Pit Bulls We Loved Before They Were Feared

According to nationalpitbullawarenessday.org, Jodi Preis of Bless the Bullys, a non-profit rescue and education effort in Tennessee, introduced the idea of National Pit Bull Awareness Day in 2007 and it took off like wildfire.  Now, the entire month of October is known as National Pit Bull Awareness Month, while devotees of pit bulls recognize October 27th across the country as National Pit Bull Awareness Day.

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Am. Pit Bull Terrier

National Pit Bull Awareness Day (NPBAD) is a day of appreciation and education designed to change perceptions and stereotypes about pit bulls and their responsible owners.  NPBAD was established to educate and foster positive communications and experiences in the communities in which we and our dogs live, and it is an initiative dedicated to restoring the image of the American Pit Bull Terrier.

It is well known that pit bulls, and pit-mixes, are at the current target of breed specific legislation, discrimination, and negative bias among the nation’s media and government.  Despite continued efforts by supporters, much of the general public is overwhelmingly misinformed about the breed and hold to a fear-filled image created by humans who exploit the dogs, not the breed itself. Continue reading Pit Bulls We Loved Before They Were Feared

Booker: No Longer the Bounding Basher

When Booker arrived here he was a 70 pound puppy with no training or discipline at all.   He’s friendly and happy, and playful, but had no concept of how big he is.  As a result, he’d jump up on me, inadvertently leaving claw marks, and knocking me off balance.  Fortunately I am still able to stand up to that.

Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been working with him to instill some basic dog/people etiquette.  That is coming along well. Continue reading Booker: No Longer the Bounding Basher