The Harry Emergency

2015-01-08 19.33.38

“After years of having a dog, you know him. You know the meaning of his snuffs and grunts and barks. Every twitch of the ears is a question or statement, every wag of the tail is an exclamation.”
~ Robert McCammon, Boy’s Life


Something’s not been right with Harry these past few days. He’s been quiet, out of sorts, and a little bit whiny. Not his normal Cafe Dog personality at all.

And he’s been smelly, which we thought was just his usual farm dog roll-in-all-the-filth style.

But no.

Remember when Harry had the terrible accident with the stick?

Last night at the farm he was restless. He went outside and came in smelling worse than ever.

‘I’m giving him a bath,’ I declared, and promptly put Harry in the shower. As I washed him clumps of hair fell out around his neck, clogging the drain. He had lumps and small hot spots everywhere.

‘It’s the stick,’ whispered my fairy friend Sokli in my ear. ‘Harry’s real sick with little nasty bits of stick. He needs the hostibul soon.’

So we grabbed a few things, packed the ute and drove back to Brisbane.

We had a sleepless night with our small hound. He was fretful and in pain, and one by one abscesses rose and burst around his neck. The only thing that soothed him was application of essential oils (Young Living’s Lavender, Melaleuca and Purification in some coconut oil) to the wounds and more oils (Young Living’s Valor, Helichrysum and Joy in coconut oil) on his spine. Ben and I took turns sitting with him until dawn came, so that we could get poor Harry ready for the vet.

We’re heading off now. Fingers crossed for good outcomes for our precious pup!

Hi! I'm Nicole Cody. I am a writer, psychic, metaphysical teacher and organic farmer. I love to read, cook, walk on the beach, dance in the rain and grow things. Sometimes, to entertain my cows, I dance in my gumboots. Gumboot dancing is very under-rated.
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25 thoughts on “The Harry Emergency

  1. I just do not like it when animals are hurt. I love harry and burt as much as my own. My little Max another wiley cattledog got ripped by a wild boar on newyears and has to wear a Tshirt now to cover the wound while it heals. kind of cute but really scarey at the time. My heart and thought are with you ,Ben and the dogs. Stay well

  2. The one thing my sister and myself always say is we would rather be ill ourselves than our dogs . Poor cafe dog give him a gentle kiss from me and Oscar . Hope all goes well at vets , Keep us well informed .

  3. Yes! Praises for Sokli! God bless you & Harry! Sending loving and healing energies to you all! And lots of positive thoughts for a quick and healthy return from the hostibul soon! Sending lots of love & re-assuring pats to Bert also! & that him & Harry are re-united soon! Lots of love to you & Ben Nicole! xox

  4. Prayers and healing energy sent for Harry, I know the pain your heart must feel, there is such sadness watching one of our fur babies suffer. I hope he is better soon xx

  5. Sending Harry lots of healing hugs. Seaweed absolute, either alone, or with green clay, can help bring abscesses out and heal the infection too (brilliant with puncture wounds, as my dog can attest to after being bitten by another dog). Will be thinking of you all and hoping for a speedy recovery.

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