I never knew…

… that dogs can get yeast infections…

…in their ears.

But last week, we learned that they can.

 And our dog did.

(Get a yeast infection in his ear, that is.)

The poor thing scratched it and scratched it until it was raw.

The vet knew what it was as soon as she looked at it.

The meds have cleared it up.

Yay for doggy meds!

Once again, we have a happy Max!

THIS is the face of a deception on the part of Huh and Mack:

They actually thought that if they paid $20.00 for the puppy and snuck him into the house under Mack’s shirt we would simply say “yes.”

“Look how cute he is, Mom!” was the plea.

They named him Cooper and enlisted the help of siblings in the pleadings.  Yawlin looked at me with his own version of puppy dog eyes and said, “Pleeeeease!”  Hoob asked, “What’s wrong with having two dogs?”

 Even though Juju and Shroom are with their mother on Wednesdays, they got into the act and sent pleading texts to Hub.  “Keep the puppy!”  “Say yes, Dad!”

We are still in the dark as to how Juju and Shroom even learned that there was a puppy here.  All kids here deny letting them know.

A bewildered Max was not sure what to think…

…about this wiggly newcomer.

I reminded the kids that we didn’t allow a little lost kitty to make a home here.  Their pleadings continued.  I told Huh that she’d already gotten away with getting a pet mouse into the home; a mouse that, incidentally, has become a fat mouse.

The pleading, begging, sad-eyed looks did not work.

The answer is still “no.”

Cooper needs a home.


Update:  My biopsy turned out as expected.  The lump was benign.  Tests showed that my niece’s heart murmur hasn’t disappeared, but it also hasn’t gotten any worse, so she will still be able to have her tonsillectomy tomorrow as planned.  After a miserable time in the hospital, my dad is getting released today.  He will have to take a blood thinner for the rest of his life.  But, at least he is okay!

I’ve neglected to mention a very important member of our family.  Here are ten random things about him:

1.  His name is Maxwell (Max for short).  He is named after Neal A. Maxwell who sent help my way when I most needed it without ever meeting me.  I will always be grateful for that help.  Max is a Welsh Corgi/Border Collie mix.  Quite funny looking, but the look grows on you.


2.  We had tried having dogs before, but always had to get rid of them because of my ex’s allergies.  Once that factor was removed after the divorce, I got the kids a puppy.  It was my small and simple way of getting revenge on the ex–providing something for the kids that he couldn’t (mwah ha ha ha).  I didn’t count on all of the trouble a puppy can bring.  He bit holes into straight drywall!  Not the corners, or along the baseboard where he could get a grip on the edge, but right in the middle of random walls!  It is a good thing the kids fell in love with him immediately, because that is all that saved him from losing his happy home.

3.  He does not like his food threatened.  All you have to say is, “Max, I’m going to get your food!” and he runs barking and snarling to his food dish to protect his food.  The local neighbor kids have learned this fact and love to come over for a visit just to tell Max they want his food.  If they aren’t threatening Max’s food they are making the sounds of flatulence because…

4.  Max hates the sound of flatulence.  If he hears it, he runs at the offending person barking in protest.  The neighbor kids think this is hilarious.

5.  Corgis and border collies are natural herders.  Because of this, Max’s herding instinct is very strong.  He herds our kids.  If we go to the park or to my parents’ cabin he wears himself out trying to keep track of his “herd.” 

6.  Last summer Max developed a soft, squishy growth near his tail.  Our kids couldn’t resist renaming him:  Blister Bum, Tumor Tush, and Bubble Butt became Max’s new names.  When the growth came back after the vet drained it, we had it surgically removed.  Max got to be just “Max” again.


7.  Max seems to know how to mock others.  Hub knew Max was part of the package when he married me, but was secretly hoping I would give in and make Max live outside.  Of course it didn’t happen.  Max knows he’s not allowed on our bed, but every chance he gets he jumps up and lays on HUB’S side of the bed, even putting his head on Hub’s pillow.  When Hub walks into the room Max flashes the “puppy” eyes.  It never works, he’s ordered off of the bed.  He jumps down, only to jump right back up as soon as Hub leaves the room.  There are some neighbors who have made it clear that they don’t like Max.  Guess whose yard Max makes a beeline for whenever he escapes the backyard?  He seems to take pleasure in “doing his business” in that yard and that yard only.  Once, he ran into their open garage and lifted his leg on the guy’s toolbox.  Needless to say, we have to be extra vigilant in ensuring that Max is not able to mock those neighbors any longer.

8.  Max hates lightning and thunder.  He hides under Hub’s desk whenever a storm approaches.  He now equates the flash of a camera with lightning and will run and hide under the desk whenever we try to take his picture with a flash.  Max also hates the vacuum.  I’ll say, “Max, I’m going to vacuum,” and he  jumps up and goes to the patio door to be let out until I am finished vacuuming.  Squid likes to put the vacuum right next to Max’s food dish.  Max sees the vacuum next to his food, leaves the kitchen via the dining room, comes back through the hall, creeping along the wall.  He slowly pokes his head around the corner and then jumps when he sees the vacuum is still there.

9.  Max loves to go in the car and he’s learned that most of the time when my cell phone rings it means one of the kids needs a ride home.  As soon as my phone rings Max is by the front door begging to go.  Most of the time I let him go.  He pushes the screen door open on his own and is out to the car in a flash.

10.  Max knows he always gets a new toy at Christmas.  He waits patiently for the kids to finish unwrapping their gifts and then starts sniffing around until we pull out his present.  He tears into the paper until he has his new toy and then runs off gleefully with it clutched tightly in his mouth.

That’s our Max!


While we were sitting in the reception area of our small animal vet with our sick guinea pig last week I saw a flyer listing Halloween safety tips for families with dogs and thought I would share the tips here since Halloween is only a couple of days away.  The tips are offered by Bark Busters (www.BarkBusters.com – a dog training company).

BRING YOUR DOG INDOORS – Even if you have a fenced yard, bring your dog inside where it is safe.  If your dog is usually kept outside, bring him in a few times before the big night to get him used to being indoors.  Your dog may be used to strangers, but so many little ghouls and goblins running around may be too much.  Remember also that it is a natural instinct for dogs to protect the family from strangers, and on Halloween there will be no shortage of strangers.

KEEP YOUR DOG RESTRAINED – If your dog is timid or scared, or if he tends to love people a little too much, it is best to put him in a separate room away from the front door to limit his excitement, aggression, and chance of running outside and becoming lost.

REASSURE YOUR DOG – The best thing you can do for your dog when he is feeling unsettled by Halloween activities is to act as you normally would around your dog.  By over-reassuring your dog or giving him an unusual amount of attention, you inadvertently can communicate to him that there must be something to worry about.

HAVE YOUR DOG GET USED TO COSTUMES – Your dog may see his family members as strangers once they don their Halloween costumes.  Before the kids put them on, allow your dog to scent the costumes.  Keep masks off while your dog is around.

CHECK YOUR DOG’S ID TAG – Be sure identification tags are secure on your dog’s collar — just in case.

KEEP CANDY AWAY FROM YOU DOG – Many candies–especially chocolate–are toxic to dogs, resulting from a mild upset tummy to vomiting and diarrhea, or even death.  If you want to keep your dog safe, make certain that sweets, including their wrappers, are kept well away from your dog.

PROTECT DOGS FROM CANDLES AND PUMPKINS – Excited or agitated dogs can easily knock over a lit candle or pumpkin.   Be sure those items are away from your dog’s reach, or consider a battery-powered candle that does not burn.

THINK TWICE ABOUT DRESSING YOUR DOG IN A COSTUME – While some dogs might enjoy being dressed up, many don’t.  Experiment first to see if your dog likes being in a costume.  If he shows any resistance, don’t do it.

BE PREPARED – If you take your dog with you while trick-or-treating, be prepared at all times.  Dogs do not understand that the person jumping out at you will not hurt you; they often think they can only help you by acting aggressively.  Neither children or adults in costumes should approach a dog without the owner’s consent.

Tame the Halloween fright!