Doug Goodman

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Brief Review of Good Old Dog

Posted by douggoodman on September 18, 2015 at 10:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Good Old Dog: Expert Advice for Keeping Your Aging Dog Happy, Healthy, and ComfortableGood Old Dog: Expert Advice for Keeping Your Aging Dog Happy, Healthy, and Comfortable by Nicholas H. Dodman

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was very lucky that my daughter brought this book home this afternoon. I have been reading through it this evening, and I can say that I really appreciate the information it is offering.
We have a "good old dog," though he is mostly an SOB. He is something like 14 years old, though, and has been in his twilight years for a while now.
This book helped because it talked about some of the typical ailments that older dogs are affected by, such as dental disease, laryngeal paralysis, diabetes, and cushing's disease. Though I have not read it thoroughly yet, the book goes into great detail about heart disease and conditions.
One of the things I really liked are the tips it provided, such as some things we can do around the house to make life a little more comfortable for our dog in his last years.
The book is written by veterinarians, but it sticks to layman's terms, which is helpful to a person like me. I would recommend this book as a resource for anyone who is living with an older dog.



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Voodoo Update 2

Posted by douggoodman on October 22, 2009 at 1:37 AM Comments comments (0)

Thanks for the thoughts and prayers everybody, but I lost Voodoo tonight around 9. The hookworms were just too much for her. She wasn't moving much most of the day, and by mid-afternoon I was convinced she needed to be euthanized. I told the dog to give some sort of sign why I shouldn't euthanize her, but she didn't, so I called the vet's office to start making the arrangements to take her in. While I was doing this, Voodoo walked across our house to sit by me. It was more movement than she had made all day, and a definite positive sign. I decided that she had at least bought herself another twelve hours. By five she was sitting in her cage with her head erect and looking around, but this was her last hurrah. By 6 she was back to her former ailing self, and I was petting her at 8:40 when I stopped to go watch Angelina Jolie in Wanted. I came back after 9 to check on her, and she had passed away.

 

 

Pet Memorials

Posted by douggoodman on May 3, 2009 at 11:25 PM Comments comments (0)

My daughter is much better today.  I showed her some Facebook comments about Princess, and I showed her a very nice note from her grandparents.  These condolences really helped her out.  I think being able to talk to her friends did, too.  Now I am looking into a pet memorial.  This could easily cost hundreds of dollars.  Is there a price for grieving?  I don't know what the dollar amount is, but I hope when we do have the memorial, it helps my daughter get over her loss. 

Pooka is Puke-A

Posted by douggoodman on May 3, 2009 at 12:12 AM Comments comments (0)

Very unexpectedly, my daughter's dog, Princess, died a few nights ago.  She had bloat, and there's not much that can be done when that happens.  But in a weird art-imitating-life scenario, I recently published a story, Haruspex, about a child dealing with the death of his pet.  The story is in the latest Murky Depths.  Both dogs are retrievers, and both children I imagine to be about the same page.  It was an interesting coincidence, which is a word we are dealing with a lot after Princess' death.  I think when someone dies, you start to see signs everywhere, even in th little things.  I wanted to capture some of that in the story, and hopefully I did.  Lord, I just hope my daughter doesn't turn into a haruspex. 

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Job update:

There are no jobs at NASA.  Even the major companies just aren't hiring right now.  I've spent weeks looking for a job and haven't found anything.  Fortunately, I have a new position with Jacobs.  I am working in shuttle records archival.  It is a 5-month position, with a possibility of  a longer contract.  I just hope that by then, NASA starts moving forward again.