well, practically wordless Wednesday… for me and her royal silliness…
Anne Lamott on Oprah talked about how her doggies do their healing dog ministries every morning…. LOVE that… dog by dog…
Cici’s healing ministry
Cici’s healing tongue ministry
whenever i least expect it, here comes the tongue licking my toes, my face, my hands
lighting me up inside like the fourth of July
giving me a bath of slobbery sunshine
Cici’s healing silly ministry
there she goes rolling over onto her back showing off her belly
making me chuckle
making people smile and sometimes laugh
Cici’s zooming around the park ministry
she is gone with the wind and looks soooo very happy
making me feel proud, warm and good inside
Cici’s booopping me ministry
mama, take me out, or mama give me some treats or food or attention
Cici’s looking at me with soulful eyes ministry
she puts her chin upon my knees and stares straight into my heart
or lies on the floor and looks at me with those eyes
her eyes implore me
tell me that her request is urgent
and that she will love me forever
Cici’s silly goofy healing ministry
every day she makes me laugh
Cici’s furry warm wiggly body healing ministry
some lucky nights or naps
when she plops herself right down on top of me
too close to breath
Cici’s healing ministry
makes me HAPPY
thankful that i have this loving dog
my sweet canine friend
best friend and healing partner
deliciously edible and scrumptious
gotta kiss that warm sweet polka dot belly
and inhale her doggie smile
Having a good dog is the closest some of us will ever come to knowing the direct love of a mother, or God.
Anne Lamott in
Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith
The Animal Doctor
by D . Nicholas
Yes, he is an animal Doctor.
No, he does most of his work outside the vet’s office.
Yes, he seems to have a natural gift as a healer.
No, he charges very little for his service.
Yes, he has a great bedside manner.
No, he doesn’t explain really what’s wrong.
Yes, he just fixes the pain and goes on.
No, I haven’t seen his license.
Yes, he does resonate in abundance.
No, I don’t know how many clients he has.
Yes, I’m really thankful he’s my doctor.
No, I’ve never seen his Doctor’s office.
Yes, I’d recommend his services to anyone.
No, he doesn’t require medical insurance.
Yes, it does sound too good to be true.
No, I am not mistaken.
Yes, he is my cat.
This poem was written after I had told him that I had a tummyache one day and my cat Abundance came and sat down on my belly for awhile. When he got up, I realized that my stomach no longer hurt. He truly was a healer that cat, written in honor of my handsome cat Abundance
Update about my Cici girl….
SHE HAS GAINED SIX POUNDS… she had lost 14 pounds. Now to recap, she had fleas and possibly a tapeworm so I tried EVERYTHING UNDER THE SUN and nothing natural really worked for her, the aromatherapies just made her rashy and itchy. Finally, I took her to the vet. She is still somewhat itchy but I have ordered some doggie shampoo for her and an anti-itchy spray (herbal) that hopefully will take care of the issues. I talked to the company and found that I could get the products at a slightly better price and no shipping charge on Amazon.
I have been giving her an extra meal a day to put the weight back on and it is working.
No more fleas. Now the vet gave me drugs to give to her including antibiotics. I gave her them for a couple of weeks but then it seemed to me that the drugs were making her rashier and itchier so I stopped.
And the medicated shampoo she gave us got Cici all greasy and did not stop the itchies.
So now am giving Cici the Herbal Internal Powder and No More Flea Drops from earthanimal.com that Kate suggested and it appears to be working since she is due for her flea medication and has NONE. We shall see.
The powder and drops adjust the blood chemistry so that the fleas do NOT like the taste of it anymore. The powder is filled with good stuff like alfalfa, kelp, blue green algae, and the drops have wormwood (good to taking care of tapeworms), and other ingredients. I still have the confortis from the vet if necessary but am hoping that the powder and drops will work.
And we are not due back to the vet for a month and Cici should be back to her normal weight by next week. Am back to feeding her Canine Health by Dr. Harvey’s and a can of dog food (a huge can from Trader Joe’s). The rabbit and turkey burgers are great AND kind of expensive.
and the big lump you see hiding under the cover is Cici LOL… If/when I put a cover over her, she will just stay like that until I take it off again… what can I say, she’s weird that way…
i know i am biased, but I think my polka dot princess looks edible, angelic and delicious in this photo… magically delicious… nom nom nom… my sweet bundle of cutie pie…cici pie…
thanks to Carol Bryant, her dog Dex just went through surgery and she had info on her blog and FB about it (ACL similar to what Cici would have had if she had not done conservative management protocol and had it not worked)… so there she was talking about this onesie, a comfy snuggly little outfit created by a vet tech instead of putting your dog in an annoying cone, which you and the dog hate, to keep the dog from scratching and licking and itching, wear a onesie instead. the minute i saw it i asked carol about it because I had been imagining something like this for cici and I did not know that it existed anywhere… I put her in a t-shirt but it did not give enough coverage… now she is all cute and snuggled up in this breathable fabric thingy … thanks to Stephanie at Tulane’s Closet…
it is a little big on her so of course she is walking like frankenstein in it and got half out of it several times… but she will learn to navigate this… better than the cone… and for the first time in months, I can leave her alone in another room and not worry that i will come back and find her having chewed herself until she was bleeding
alas, she has already chewed up some of her new jammies, i guess she needs the superstrength kind made out of what? towel material? or something extra heavy duty… where there is a will, there is a way with a stubborn pitbollian
Ok, well, I always wanted to be a sleuth… Reading Nancy Drew books when I was a pre-teenager, I imagined what it would be like to solve mysteries. Fast forward to yesterday. I had a chance to figure out (once again) what is going on with Cici’s sensitive skin (why it keeps getting rashy and blotchy and itchy). First, I realized after slathering her up with cream that she did indeed have fleas. Saw several critters fleeing as I slathered. Been trying different natural remedies for the fleas and the rashes and it seemed last week that the coconut oil plus spraying the bedding with a mixture of water and Oregano oil was working. Cici LOVES the coconut oil, laps it up as well as licks it off her fur but the rashes and itchiness was going away. It is organic virgin Coconut Oil from Trader Joe’s. Am going to get a few more jars. They’re about $7 for a jar (16 fl. oz).
Coconut oil has other benefits … skin smells good. weight loss, if that is an issue, keeping your dog slim and trim. Keeps the yeast away. Helps with arthritis / joints.
“the lauric acid in coconut oil has antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties. Capric and caprylic acid have similar properties and are best known for their anti-fungal effects.”
Until yesterday it seemed to be working. And it was strange because she had slept with me (as she did last night too) and I took her for a walk and fed her, gave her a few treats and she seemed just fine and dandy. Then I had brought her back to the bedroom for her after breakfast nap and noticed that she was all blotchy and rashy again. What possibly could have happened? I kept going over the events and decided to look up the ingredients of the treats. Voila. I also found out that I gave her too many of them. (Am not a big follower of instructions but sometimes it is important to do so). It was suggested to give only 1 or 2 a day and I had given her five or six or seven. Oops. Not only that but one of the ingredients was rosemary.
A few weeks ago when this all had started up again I had sprayed her with an all natural flea spray that ALSO had rosemary as one of the ingredients. I think I also oversprayed her too. She did NOT have a problem, I don’t think, with the Salmon oil that had rosemary in it but maybe that is not true. All I know is that there is a common denominator here and it seems to be the MISSING LINK.
So there you have it folks. No more Rosemary for Cici. It is good to be cautious when it comes to herbs, essential oils, and other natural remedies as well as regular treatments. Some may be too strong for you and/or your poochie pals. Tea tree oil, clove, oregano, cinnamon bark, are some oils that can burn when put on the skin (and more). They have beneficial properties but proceed with caution, dilute, dilute, dilute and for some, do not use at all. Ask your vet (holistic vet). Tis better to be safe than sorry… don’t let the flea bugs bite !!!!
Lickiest tongue in the west
Put the dog in the Coconut…
Does your dog dig Enya, Mozart or the Beatles?
a 2012 study at Colorado State University found that kenneled dogs spent more time sleeping when exposed to classical music and became shaky when listening to heavy metal tunes.
If your dog had a favorite song or signature song what would it be?
I think Cici’s would be Born to be Wild by Steppenwolf, Easy Rider movie… (she loves motorcycles, PEOPLE who ride them and she’s a wild and crazy dog)…
Get your motor runnin’
Head out on the highway
Looking for adventure
In whatever comes our way
Gonna make it happen
Take the world in a love embrace…
American Pit Bull Terrier… (my polka dot princess)… rub my belly and I’ll kiss you and cuddle with you and kiss you and cuddle… after, let’s zoom around the block, roll in the grass, rub my belly, cuddle and kiss… what light bulb?
Golden Retriever: The sun is shining, the day is young, we’ve got our whole lives ahead of us, and you’re inside worrying about a stupid light bulb?
Border Collie: Just One. And then I’ll replace ALL the wiring that’s not up to code.
Dachshund: You know I can’t reach the stupid lamp.
Rottweiler: Make Me.
Boxer: Who cares? I can still play with my squeaky toys in the dark.
Lab: Oh Me, me me, PLEEEEEEEEZE let me change the light bulb. Can I? Can I? Huh? Huh? Huh? Can I, PLEEEEEEEEZE, PLEASE PLEASE?
German Shepard: I’ll change it as soon as I’ve led these people from the dark, check to make sure I haven’t missed any, and make one more perimeter patrol to see that no one has tried to take advantage of the situation.
Jack Russell: I’ll just pop it in while I am bouncing off the walls.
Cocker Spaniel: Why change it? I can still pee on the carpet in the dark.
Chihuahua: Yo Quiero Taco Bulb.
Pointer: I see it, there it is, there it is, right there–RIGHT THERE
Greyhound: It isn’t moving, who cares?
Australian Shepherd: First, I’ll put all the light bulbs in a little circle.
Poodle: I’ll just blow in the Border Collie’s ear, and he’ll do it. By the time he finishes rewiring the house, my nails will be dry.
Terrier: Let me bark at it for a while to see if it really needs changing.
What would your dog say?
How many cats does it take to change a light bulb???
New Year’s Eve is almost here… some tips from last year that are still relevant.
Do you set goals? Write New Year’s Resolutions?
Some dogs who are ready to party hardy…
Fun New Years Resolutions for Pets, check out Animal Planet’s ‘official’ pet resolutions!
Cici’s Top 22 New Years Resolutions
1. Eat more treats. (Have Mom, get more Dr. Harvey’s Power Patties).
2. Scavenge for more food other than the bread left out for the birds.
3. Get more belly rubs.
4. Give more kisses.
5. Take more walks and runs at the park.
6. Get yourself to the beach and swim.
7. BOYCOTT BATHS, and NO SLATHERING CREAMS.
8. Chase more cats, squirrels and birds.
9. Dream more about chasing cats, squirrels and birds.
10. Dine on fine cuisine and travel more.
11. Play more with neighbor dogs.
12. Start a barkday list a few months early.
13. Hoover the food off the kitchen floor while it’s fresh.
14. Dig a hole in the back yard to recline in for the spring/summer.
15. Squirm out of taking photos and dressing up.
16. Learn how to drive to feel my fur in the wind.
17. Be a good ambassador and END BSL.
18. No more itchies.
19. Make more doggie friends.
20. Eat more.
21. Get more bones, deer antler chews and Chew On.
22. Help doggie pals get adopted.