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Leave a bone for Mr George Squigglemire
Dogster stats for Mr George Squigglemire
November 21st 2005
George was first introduced to my household at about 18 months of age. One of those friends of friends knew of a dog who was not wanted and possibly slated to be put down. He was apparently showing signs of aggression to his owners, but my friend of a friend had spent a wonderful day dog-sitting him. As my 12 year Rottweiler companion Blue Dog had passed about a year before I thought I might be up to the challenge. George was first introduced to me as “Squiggy” and proceeded to bite my face (totally my fault - didn't recognize his initial fear and space issues) within 5 minutes of being left alone with me. Not the best start, but as I began to understand his health issues I also understood his fear.
He’d been raised in an apartment with 3 cats. Both owners smoked, they liked their windows shut and blinds pulled. They only took him for short walks in the back yard so he could do his business. I was aware of need for eyelid surgery for many breeds but didn’t realize the severity of his situation. Not only should he probably have had his upper lids tacked at 2-4 weeks, but he should have had permanent entropion repair at 6-8 months. At 18 months his upper lids had rolled in and begun to ulcerate the cornea. He could hardly see, must have been acutely uncomfortable, and I believe the situation caused general inflammation through out the sinus’s and ear canals and had lead to a series of ear infections. I would have bit me too.
Those first few days with “Squiggy” were pretty rough because he was also an “itchy dog”, continually scratching and chewing on himself. I assumed he had flees and did my best to bathe and spray him until we could get an appointment with the veterinarian. Once there, we were told there was no sign of flees, but that the breed (Shar Pei) is known to have extensive skin problems. We talked a bit about diet. Then she mentioned a fish oil gel caps for pets which I could administer with a simple jaw pry – throat pop – nose blow maneuver – I told her about Emu Oil (packed with Omega 3, 6 and 9) which my cat licks off my legs. We agreed to give it a try. We also scheduled an appointment with a veterinary eye specialist.
Within 3 days of putting “Squiggy” on a teaspoon full of emu oil with each meal (he weighs 50 pounds) he stopped scratching completely, I dropped the dosage in half and watched his skin and coat improve. I did apply emu oil topically to his hot spots then kept his attention averted for a few minutes while the oil soaked in. I know emu oil stops the itch when I get bug bites or rashes – so I can only assume it made him feel better. That face of his doesn’t give a lot away.
We were able to see the eye specialist within a week and had his surgery scheduled for later that month. We started to settle into a pattern of eye drops, ear drops and miscelleneous probings that tested our early relationship, but he never bit me again.
From the start I had a really hard time calling him “Squiggy”, but I really couldn’t come up with anything that struck true. However, after a few weeks of that he clearly instructed me to call him “George”. Only true dog lovers will understand how this message was communicated. I appended the “Squigglemire” to honor his birth name and prepended the “Mr” because he was so darn regal he demanded respect. Mr. George Squigglemire was definitely his true name.
Once his eye surgury was completed, and 100% AEA certified Emu Oil was applied to soothe his eyes and hasten the healing he became a new dog. The ear problems became far less frequent, although he has become tolerant of the occasional ear candle used to clean the was out of those cork screw ear canals of his. I’m quite sure that his eye sight is not up to par, and his hearing can be questionable but all in all he became a healthy dog who began to explore the wilds of New England with me.
I actually have much more to tell about this amazing, long suffering pup. But that’s it for now. 3/1/2012
I wonder where that trail goes ...
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