Charlie Update: Is that a hole?

Charlie has been doing great and is healing very well. Since the drainage stopped his left eye area has been healing up without issue. However, about a week ago we noticed what appeared to be a small scab where one of the sutures had been after surgery. Well after further investigation, we came to the conclusion that it was a tiny hole. It was quite odd, his skin had healed all around his left eye area, even healing completely around this apparent hole. There was no redness, no drainage, nothing.

I immediately thought about Charlie’s well being and asked if we could get him a diamond stud earring for the hole. If you have to have a tiny hole, why not bling it out. Well, my wife thought that was a bad idea and I was immediately overruled. I think Charlie was disappointed but he never said anything to me so I let it go.

Not knowing if this was normal, we called the vet and they asked us to bring him in. Guess what…it’s not normal. Our wonderful vet stated he’d never seen this before and that he’d like to open it up and take a quick glance to make sure everything looked ok on the other side. Soooooo, our trooper of a dog Charlie went under the scalpel again. Luckily everything looked ok from inside and they loosened up a little skin when sewing him back up to make sure we had a solid suture line with no tension on the wound.

Charlie was in great spirits when I picked him up today and the vet felt good that this would take care of our problem. Good news for the Charlie dog!

Stop the Barking

We all adore our four legged friends and appreciate the love and loyalty they give us.  There are times however that their barking starts to get out of control.  I’m not talking about the “Hey, glad you’re home from work” bark or the “Yo, I need to use the restroom” bark.  No, I’m referring to the barking that occurs when the breeze changes, a shadow moves, or the possibility that the noise we just heard wasn’t a bird, it was a large fire-breathing dragon just outside our window.  This barking can sometimes be hard to correct, especially if they have a stubborn streak.

We tried many of the products on the market from sonic bird houses to spray collars.  Unfortunately none of these items ever seemed to work on a consistent basis.  This all changed though when I stumbled upon the “Pet Corrector” while surfing around Amazon one day.  It’s a simple device that emits a high-pitched hissing sound, similar to the compressed air containers that you use to clean your computers/keyboards/etc.  I was very skeptical at first that it wouldn’t work but I was proven wrong the first time I used it.  The dogs went crazy when an unexpected doorbell rang one afternoon.  I grabbed the container, did a quick push, and shush…no barking.  They looked puzzled, started again, and another quick push.  After that the barking was done.  Now days, when they start one of their barking spells, it normally only takes a quick push and the barking is over.  I love it because it’s quick, painless, and inexpensive.

I’ve attached a picture of it at the bottom of this post (this is a 50 ml container).  So, if you’re looking for an effective way to stop unwanted barking, you should give it a try.  You can find it here on Amazon.

Pet Corrector (50 ml)
Pet Corrector (50 ml)