Thursday, July 13, 2006

24/7 Itch

Boy am I itchy! It is driving me nuts! I can't take it!

Last night Mom came home with some foul smelling purple stuff that she tried to make me drink. I took one lick and ran in the opposite direction. Mom seemed genuinely surprised. Newsflash Mom: I may eat garbage, poop and other unmentionables, but that doesn't mean I like medicine! Got it?

Mom then got clever and mixed the Benadryl in some Cherry Garcia ice cream (which I love) and so I lapped up its cold creaminess - albeit tinged with vile grape medicine flavor.

After about an hour, man, I felt totally stoned. Like I'd smoked a huge joint or been at a bong for a bit too long. I stood on the couch and just stared into space - I was totally out of it. I can't say it was the greatest feeling - but it did take my mind off my itching limbs for a few hours.

But when it wore off, that evil itch came back with renewed vigor and I was forced to bite myself all over again until I had big red welts on my legs and inner thighs. Mom kept trying to cover my limbs, but that didn't work, I just bit her by mistake instead. So that was short lived. Good try Mom.

Out of desperation Mom wrote to her very knowlegeable friends on the Fox Terrier Network email list. Boy there are some great humans in the FTN community, real foxie lovers and devotees. Of course we've met a few of the special people like Kathy and Melissa and Barb and their wiry charges - so the list is more than just a bunch of cyber connections. So Wanda on the list told Mom to bathe me in...Murphy's oil! Mom, being a non-American, had no idea what that was until she googled it. I had no clue either.

Together we clicked the link, and horrors - up came a bottle of furniture polish! So friends, that is what my future holds...a bath in furniture polish this evening. I'm hoping Mom forgets all about this as I really don't think I want to smell like a wooden table for the rest of my life! My dog park friends are going to turn away in disgust when they sniff me!

I'll keep you posted. Right now, I need to go scratch some more....this sucks!



Mango & Party said...

Oh nooo Axel,

what allergy is that? Is furniture oil going to work? It sounds totally scarry!!

Did your mummy put a elizabethan collar for you to prevent you from scratching? I got that before, and it was way uncool..

wire sympathies,
Party & Mango

Wiry Axel said...

Thanks Party and Mango. Yeah, Dad looked at mom like she'd lost her marbles when she came home with furniture soap. But he bowed to the wisdom of mom's friends and it did seem to help a little. At 1am last night I was keeping them up with my scratching so dad put that lampshade thing on me, but I made such a fuss, it only lasted about 3 minutes and off it went. heh heh
I'm going to the vet now....I need some relief...

Gus said...

Axel: When I first came to live with this family, I was really nervous and got lots of itchy spots. We saw the vet and she gave me some pills to stop the itching. Didn't work, so my muzzer went to the co-op place and they said "Bach's Rescue Remedy" in my water. It helped a lot. I still get it sometimes when I am having a lot of changes in my life, and it really helps! Tastes good too!
your pal

Sydney said...

Poor Axel! I have the itchies too, and have had them for the past few years. My mom and dad take real good care of me, even though it means that I have to take three pills a day. I take a pink one (Benadryl) in the morning. I like to make a game out of it when mom tries to push it down my throat. I really like to spit it back up and get it all over my whiskers! Hehehe! I get another pink pill in the evening, and 1/4 of a 5 mg Prednisone at lunch. Sometimes I need two Prednisone a day, but only if I have really been out in the grass. I only have these itchies spring and summer. I am on no pills in the winter. I like the winter best! I hope you stop itching soon. My mom also bathes me with oatmeal shampoo, and that makes my itchies better.

Hope you feel better soon. Maybe you need to go back to the beach!

Sydney, Lancaster, PA

angelMando said...

Best wishes handsome-as-ever Axel!
An internet friend of mom's wrote of positive effects giving her wirey-fur-son fish oil called Eskimo-3. Mom hasn't tried that one yet, but hopefully it tastes as good as the NordicNaturals one she got at the healthfood store yesterday. Food allergies hampered my kidneys; hoping yours are "good-as-new"!
Wirey Hugs!