HAPPY NEW YEAR!
(I would have posted that earlier, but my AT&T internets died and then had a very difficult rebirth. But all better now. Even speedier. ; D )
That's Brains in the photo on the left, a new dog walking client.
Oh he's getting up there in age, but he's still very mobile and loving. I looked after him for a few days, while his parents were away. Poor Brains has a class 1 tumor on his neck and two benign fatty tumors (on chest, left ankle), which will be left as is, given his advanced age. Even worse than the tumors -- last year an off-leash pit bull on Santa Monica's pier attacked him unprovoked!
PEOPLE KEEP YOUR DOGS ON LEASHES, PLEASE!
When Brains' parents and the pit bull owner couldn't pry the pit bull off Brains, a bystander suggested spraying the pit bull with water. Some fleet-footed person grabbed a water bottle from a local store and sprayed the dog.
And it worked! The pit bull let go of poor Brains. A bottle of water saved his life.
These days poor Brains has a bacterial skin infection, but the antibiotics (Dephalexin 500mg) have been kicking in and he should have that licked in no time. His vet wrote that "bacterial infections of the skin are usually secondary to an underlying disease process such as hyperadrenocortism (Cushing's Disease), hypothyroidism, cancer, and food allergy." So unfortunately Brains has that to look forward to after he gets rid of the infection. Benedryl also worked wonders in keeping him from chewing at his skin. By the way, Benedryl is a great solution for any itchy or bee stung dog, but call your Vet first. The dosage is completely dependent on your dog's weight. : D I dogwalked Brains 6 times in 3 days. The first day he only did a short walk around the block, but as the antibiotics kicked in, we took longer, faster, and more rambling routes back home! I expect him to be back to being a happy doggie soon enough.
I took 30+ pictures of Brains and added them to the Slideshow. Just a reminder: the poor guy has a tumor on his neck, but it doesn't affect his good looks or his good humor. : D
FYI on the Slideshow page -- if you put your cursor over the large picture, the play button will appear. Click play and the slideshow will begin. You can stop it at any time or you can hover your cursor over the thumbnails on the right to scroll through the many thumbnails. Click a thumbnail and it will make that picture larger.