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Tricycle Rider said:
jmdirt said:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obmBXCzTp2Q
Ah, working dogs, cool!

Can't ever claim Toby is a working dog, he's the laziest and most spoiled animal on the planet. Well, sometimes he pretends he's chasing mice, but that's just to earn his keep, I suppose.

Speaking of Toby...

He has a growth on the top of his paw that he keeps on chewing on, have to make an appointment with the vet. He's already had a cancerous growth removed, hopefully this is nothing serious.
Keep us posted.
 
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jmdirt said:
Tricycle Rider said:
jmdirt said:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=obmBXCzTp2Q
Ah, working dogs, cool!

Can't ever claim Toby is a working dog, he's the laziest and most spoiled animal on the planet. Well, sometimes he pretends he's chasing mice, but that's just to earn his keep, I suppose.

Speaking of Toby...

He has a growth on the top of his paw that he keeps on chewing on, have to make an appointment with the vet. He's already had a cancerous growth removed, hopefully this is nothing serious.
Keep us posted.
Will do, jmdirt.

Toby has an appointment on Wednesday, in the meantime I'm having him wear that damned inflatable donut around his neck again just so he doesn't chew his paw raw.

Here's a piccy, btw., initially I thought it may have been a splinter. And there was a tiny bit of something in there, but once I removed it the paw had failed to heal. So back to the vet he goes.



EDIT- Here's another picture of it...

I examined between Toby's toes and his nails, there seems to be nothing there. So I'm at a loss now.



I'm not trying to gross you guys out, btw., but if you have an aging (or not even aging) animal splinters are probably the first thing you might want to look for if the animal is showing signs of distress and is constantly chewing on his/her paws.
 
All righty, just got back from the vet's, vet thinks it may be grass seed that got stuck in Toby's paw. He had just pulled some from another dog and showed me the spiky seed, it actually looked pretty dramatic.

If it's the seed it may come out on its own (right now it's not visible at all), I'm to give Toby a chlorhexiderm paw bath twice a day, followed by antibiotic ointment, plus an antibiotic pill. If it's not that and Toby doesn't get better he has a follow-up appointment next Monday, at which point the vet will want to sedate him ($400!!) and take a closer look at the growth.

Toby is oblivious to it all, here he's doing one of the things he does best, he's taking a pee in the backyard. Not sure that is where he picked up the offending grass seed, but I'm certainly about to mow the lawn. What I wouldn't do for that dog...

 
Update on the Tobster...

After five days of paw baths in chlorhexiderm I did actually pull out some grass seed, it wasn't as dramatic as the other dog's seed the vet had shown me (which had blood on it and stuff), but it did look pretty uncomfortable. I could have actually pulled it earlier, but it looked like Toby's own hair, so I didn't.

Toby will still be antibiotics for a few more days, but for now I will postpone his $400+ appointment he was scheduled for tomorrow.

A tip for those who may at some point have to give your pet a paw bath... the vet showed me how to do it, he just used a plastic tray that party veggies come in. Being I didn't have that I bought one of those cheapy plastic double food bowls being the chlorhexiderm has to be rinsed off after the bath, so one bowl gets the chlorhexiderm and the other the rinse water. It's much easier this way than having to drag the animal into the bathtub twice a day. :)

 
Yay, am happy to report Toby is so much better now!

Had to pick at his paw with a needle and some tweezers a few days ago because there was some pimply stuff going on in there (naturally I disinfected all my tools at the time), got some more grass seed out. Think I got it all, and Toby was so sweet about all this...

Here is his paw now, thankfully he's no longer miserable! :)



 
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Zama_Olyas said:
I don't like dogs, i don't like to be near them as i have been bitten thrice....the first time was when i was 4 yrs old. When they bit i never did anything to them, they just bit me.
I have had almost the exact opposite experience..! I have found you can get a strange, strong sense of something bigger... much bigger than us from contact with animals... dogs included..
I would be so bold as to suggest that you befriend someone with an over the top friendly, never aggressive dog..
You will come away with much, much more than you can imagine..
As a cyclist, who used to train many miles per week with headphones in my ears.. I was attacked and bitten not once but twice!! By an animal that was simply stimulated by chasing and catching bicycles... both times after the dog nabbed and knocked me from my bike.. the dogs stuck around to try and continue to "play" w me!!! The dogs felt like chasing and chewing on my ankle or calf was a game..it came out of nowhere and the loud music playing in my ears..made the dog knock downs a complete... unpleasant surprise!!
Both owners assisted me after crashing... once I suffered a broken collar bone,bent wheel and handlebars...
Call me dumb or dense but I still love dogs....?
* This maybe a complete false premise... but while I have been in the company of many children..they look at my positive attitude and interaction with dogs and always it has led to a hesitant to flat out scared child at least accepting some interaction and less fear of dogs... can't help but think it may work for adults also....?
 
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JayKosta said:
Glad to hear the Toby is feeling better.
Jay
jmdirt said:
Great to hear!
Thank you, guys.

There will probably always be a little bump there (vet called it granuloma), just because that crap had been in there for so long. I'm glad he showed me what to look for, I would have never imagined grass seed could get stuck like that.

Anyhoo, Toby is a happy camper again, once the fur grows back we'll just pretend this never happened. :)
 
The latest update on the Tobster...

His paw is perfectly healed now, even the granuloma has disappeared. However, being it will be in the 90s F here all week he will be needing a haircut...

As usual he's acting like he's facing the guillotine (can't really blame him, I mean, it is a stationary bike he will be tied to), but he will be getting that haircut one way or another.

Buckle up, pupster, you ARE getting that haircut!

 
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great that tobes is fighting fit and looking so cute..............

I love wor 'lil pip she's so full of fun...........sometimes too full of fun

returning home she's had great fun pulling chunks out of the sofa

Mark L
 
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ebandit said:


great that tobes is fighting fit and looking so cute..............

I love wor 'lil pip she's so full of fun...........sometimes too full of fun

returning home she's had great fun pulling chunks out of the sofa

Mark L
Hi ya, Pip,

Each day you're looking more and more like a terrier (well, the head at least), I like that in a lady.

You're still a pup, but eventually you'll learn that tearing up your owner's furniture is probably not the best of ideas. But in the meantime...

Enjoy your puppyhood, and many paw-fives,

The Tobster

PS - I'm just chillin' it here by the A/C vent right now, an old dog like me just can't take this kind of outdoor heat (100F) anymore.
 
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made dog doodle my new avatar...............

tobes...pip says thanks! she loves being a ''terrible terrier' digging up the carpet and
other mischief

still......she's the 'best dog...ever!'



...just chillin'
 
Good to see Tobes coming along well.
Hi five, errr paw, to Pips.

My newest project, weekend dog-sitting this 2-YO (when I got hooked up with him) pommie named Turks (now 3-YO). When I got him, he would not walk on walks. Almost had to be drug by the leash.



Before long he was runnin me around.
And running into me (this one at 1/4 speed)...
 
on3m@n@rmy said:
Good to see Tobes coming along well.
Hi five, errr paw, to Pips.

My newest project, weekend dog-sitting this 2-YO (when I got hooked up with him) pommie named Turks (now 3-YO). When I got him, he would not walk on walks. Almost had to be drug by the leash.



Before long he was runnin me around.
And running into me (this one at 1/4 speed)...
Not exactly aero with all that hair, is he?

But that's aight, we'll love him anyway. :cool:
 
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ebandit said:
made dog doodle my new avatar...............

tobes...pip says thanks! she loves being a ''terrible terrier' digging up the carpet and
other mischief

still......she's the 'best dog...ever!'



...just chillin'
Awesome!

Glad you're enjoying the new dog and are able to provide a good home for her! :cool:
 
I've been looking at the local shelters to see if I'm ready to get a dog again but one hasn't hooked me yet. I met a dog that was trained by an inmate (Inmate Dog Alliance Program of Idaho), but there was no vibe with that pooch.
 
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jmdirt said:
I've been looking at the local shelters to see if I'm ready to get a dog again but one hasn't hooked me yet. I met a dog that was trained by an inmate (Inmate Dog Alliance Program of Idaho), but there was no vibe with that pooch.
I've heard of those prisoner-trained pooches, I'm sure to those incarcerated they mean a lot.

Hopefully you'll find a pooch you'll connect with.

on3m@n@rmy said:
my first pooch was a shelter dog. sickliest thing I ever saw (full of open sores). but we connected right off. best doggo ever.
That's so cool you gave that pooch a home, even though superficially s/he may not have been the most desirable.

If I ever get another dog after Toby it'll be shelter dog, and on that note...

I recently spoke to someone who seemed a total dog lover, she went looking to the local shelter because she wanted to adopt another dog. But she insisted it be a Dachshund, the shelter didn't have one, so she ended up getting none and was looking into paying a lot of money for a purebred from a Dachshund breeder instead.

I don't get that, the attachment some dog owners have to a specific breed. I know each dog has their own personality, but if you're willing to adopt a pooch from the shelter to begin with I would think you would be a bit more flexible.
 
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Tricycle Rider said:
jmdirt said:
I've been looking at the local shelters to see if I'm ready to get a dog again but one hasn't hooked me yet. I met a dog that was trained by an inmate (Inmate Dog Alliance Program of Idaho), but there was no vibe with that pooch.
I've heard of those prisoner-trained pooches, I'm sure to those incarcerated they mean a lot.

Hopefully you'll find a pooch you'll connect with.

on3m@n@rmy said:
my first pooch was a shelter dog. sickliest thing I ever saw (full of open sores). but we connected right off. best doggo ever.
That's so cool you gave that pooch a home, even though superficially s/he may not have been the most desirable.

If I ever get another dog after Toby it'll be shelter dog, and on that note...

I recently spoke to someone who seemed a total dog lover, she went looking to the local shelter because she wanted to adopt another dog. But she insisted it be a Dachshund, the shelter didn't have one, so she ended up getting none and was looking into paying a lot of money for a purebred from a Dachshund breeder instead.

I don't get that, the attachment some dog owners have to a specific breed. I know each dog has their own personality, but if you're willing to adopt a pooch from the shelter to begin with I would think you would be a bit more flexible.
Here's my first doggo, Teddo (about 9-10 YO here and showing signs of greybeard, and no sores). Got him when he was about age 3 (what the dog pound ppl said). They also said he was a farm dog who the original owners sent to the dog pound (where they euthanize after about one week captivity) because the dog had a habit of getting into chicken coups. Probably out of hunger, because judging by the sores he was not well taken care of. He was obviously a mutt, and I'm not sure exactly what mix - I'm guessing German shorthair (or lab) and German Shepherd. But he ended up having a good life living to age 17, which would be unusual for any kind of lab breed.
 
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on3m@n@rmy said:
Here's my first doggo, Teddo (about 9-10 YO here and showing signs of greybeard, and no sores). Got him when he was about age 3 (what the dog pound ppl said). They also said he was a farm dog who the original owners sent to the dog pound (where they euthanize after about one week captivity) because the dog had a habit of getting into chicken coups. Probably out of hunger, because judging by the sores he was not well taken care of. He was obviously a mutt, and I'm not sure exactly what mix - I'm guessing German shorthair (or lab) and German Shepherd. But he ended up having a good life living to age 17, which would be unusual for any kind of lab breed.
That's a perfectly gorgeous, healthy-looking dog, glad you gave him a second chance and a good life.
 
It's been a while since Toby has made a grand appearance, so without any further ado...

Well, here he is again, resting on his recliner like usual.



I'm actually a bit concerned after having discovered yet another growth on his (overweight) body while giving him a bath, this time it's on his tummy right next to his pee-pee. I'll have the vet examine it at Toby's next appointment, right now he's still getting those anti-histamine shots every couple of months due to an unknown allergy.

Ageing dogs - they will not just break the bank, they will also break your heart. :cry:
 
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