The Little Dog is mending nicely!

I have been rather invisible since I last told you about little Tucker.  However, I have good news!  He is nearly mended!  His wound has was scabbed and down to the size of a pea last night.  This morning he got to it and the scab is missing…

I’m telling you that little dog has OCLD!

That would be obsessive compulsive licking disorderHe simply doesn’t seem able to stop.  (sigh)

What I couldn’t imagine was…  How he could get to it at all!

He was outfitted in a cervical collar and a cone device.  We started with the collar, and then tried the cone, and finally ended up putting on both.  This worked for a bout a week, and then he found out how to get at it again!

Then I saw this:  doggie Lederhosen!

lederhosen dogPlease click the doggie to be magically transported to the original photo at

And,  Ta-DA…


Doggie Lederhosen were imagined for the little pup!

They were easily fashioned using my scissors and man-sized, white tube socks!  Although, I will admit that it took several iterations and alterations to arrive at the two sock model shown here…

Now that he is well armored he’s miserable, as am I,  but at least he is almost all healed,  and I’m grateful for that!

Even if he is not.


38 thoughts on “The Little Dog is mending nicely!

  1. Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

    WELL DONE Lynda!! (Necessity IS the mother of invention: )
    LOVE your chaises lounge photo too: Thomas Edison meets Cleopatra via Jay Gatsby! (Wish I could see her shoes as well) Say, did Mummies have shoes? Better make that sandals, I guess; )
    Good to hear positive things about Tucker. So, did you try the honey “dressing” yet? (Ain’t I a Bug?; )

    • Lynda says:

      Thank you, Deb, it has been a trial, but we are nearly there! I did consider the honey, and then decided not. With his OCLD and his diabetes, well, I thought the added sugar dosing would actually slow his healing. 😯

      • Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

        UNpastuerised honey, in limited amounts of course, is not instantly absorbed the same as processed sweeteners. The tiny amount used for a pea-sized dressing wouldn’t harm… Besides, if he’s that determined to get back at it, he may just need that extra boost of honey’s germicidal healing power. And yes, I AM a bug (or a dog with a bone; ). Wishing continued good luck for all of you at the Farmlet. Hugs!

    • Lynda says:

      HA! Thank you, Tom. I’ve been missing my vicarious countryside walks/rides with you these many days. I need a good journey via your lovely pictures, and soon!

  2. petspeopleandlife says:

    Wonderful. I’m so glad the he is just about completely healed. You are a good vet nurse. Deligent, persistent- you name it and you were determined that the job would get done. You can be proud even if little dog was a bit of a challenge to treat.

    • Lynda says:

      He is, Amyl! Dealing with the wound from a Brown Recluse bite we really thought we would be in for a two or three month ordeal. We are extatic about how fast he has healed!

    • Lynda says:

      This regalia has worked a number on all of us this past month. I confess, that I felt sorry for him today and took off the head and neck gear for the day, but I kept him in eyesight the whole time too! He was very good, though I did have to get after him a couple of times for his OCLD!

  3. Littlesundog says:

    What good news!! Isn’t it amazing how fast animals heal? That cone looks as bad as the headgear I had to wear strapped on my head at night when I went through orthodontics! I hope he won’t have to wear it much longer!

    • Lynda says:

      Lori, I have only seen one other animal type that can heal faster than Tucker has, and that would be my chickens. Amazing animals! Funny! (OK, not for her or you) but I had a girl friend in HS, years ago, who wore exactly what you are talking about! She hated it too. 😛

    • Lynda says:

      It is sad, Kathee. In the night when his pupils open up the cataracts give him an almost ghostly look. He is doing so much better at being able to get around now. He can get down the steps into the backyard without my help, and finds his way back and up when he is ready to go back in!

    • Lynda says:

      Yes, it has been hard for him, Julie. However, yesterday went so well without his head and neck gear, that we are giving him another go without again today! 😀

  4. shoreacres says:

    This is really good news. Apart from everything else, it’s good to know that he’s becoming more independent and is able to come and go a bit on his own. It must be frustrating for him not to be able to see everything that he’s being “outfitted” with, too. But the progress is real, and soon you’ll all be able to relax a bit.

  5. LB says:

    Simply put: exhausting! For you and for Tucker!
    So glad that you are both surviving the ordeal (and he is thriving!).
    He’s so lucky to have you!

  6. Boomdeeadda says:

    Goodness me, such an ordeal for little Tucker and you. Thank heavens for their bright little hearts. I swear, It can almost seem harder on us. Being a one time caregiver of an ailing pet has made me think twice about complaining for a bad day. There’s still a little tail wag to let you know they’re happy to be with you and I really don’t think they’d complain, even if they could. Keep on trucken’ Tucker. Sounds like you’re coming along nicely xB

    • Lynda says:

      He is coming along nicely, Boomdeeadda! I am very close to ditching those Lederhosen, and have already taken off the cone, and cervical collar!

      He is very happy indeed, and of course, so am I!

  7. Anonymous says:

    Lynda, I am truly amazed on how hard you work and creativity you come up with. I enjoy your quilting a quality of nice sewing. Love Alison

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