A Big Mouth Boy - It Isn't Always About Real Estate

Real Estate Broker/Owner with MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC NC# 218097
Real estate is mostly what we do, it's not always who we are and sometimes it isn't what we write about.  This morning it's about a Big Mouth Boy named Rambler.
Rambler loves, loves, loves to bark and he's great at it.  I'll bet he can bark 360 barks per minute...makes us crazy, we don't usually let him get to 20 seconds let alone a full minute.  Barking must make him feel good or he might just have a lot to say.  He always looks joyful during bark time, tail wagging while he holds court and how often have we felt like banging our heads against the wall until the ringing of our ears would drown out the bark?  Then, we look at the face...malice free and completely perplexed at why we crave silence sometimes.  I know he pities us for not being able to notice the squirrel climbing a tree a mile down the road or the motorcycle cruising on the Parkway or the leaves dancing in the wind...afterall, these are completely bark-worthy occurances.
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A few days ago, Rambler started barking to go back outside for an additional final finals.  Then, even though he got the final finals...by morning he had wet his sleeping quarters...something he has never, ever done in his almost twelve years.  He also started consuming immense quantities of water and not being quite so hungry. 
Our Big Mouth Boy went to the Animal Hospital of Waynesville yesterday and visited with Dr. Jenny Gibson.  He had a great visit, loved the attention and got a senior panel for bloodwork and urinalysis - the second one this year.  We should get the results today but I have to tell you that we are both so distracted by not knowing what's wrong that we are very eager to get the results.  You can't fix something until you know what's wrong.
For now we're letting him sleep outside in the huge pen with several fluffy blankies and large bowls of water so that he doesn't have to feel stress in addition to not feeling well.  This way he can drink what he wants and not worry about messing up his quarters.
The silence is overwhelming...who'd have ever thought that the relief from the Big Mouth Boy's barking would be no relief at all?  He obviously feels terrible and to us, this came on suddenly.  Leslie mentioned yesterday that dog are so stoic that often by the time they let you know something is wrong, they can be very sick.  I know without even asking that anyone reading this will be sending white light to our Big Mouth Boy for a simple solution and a speedy recovery.  We have no neighbors, we can handle the barking...we just want him to feel better.
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Comments (20)

Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Good morning Mona,

I went through a similar situation with one of my "kids" several years ago, and was fortunate that it was easily corrected with some medication.  Sorry, the name of her disease escapes me but it was one that affects humans too.  She lived many more very happy years with a carefully regulated regime, and she too loved to bark, bark, bark!

Sep 27, 2012 10:42 PM
Malcolm Johnston
Century 21 Lanthorn Real Estate LTD., Trenton, Ontario - Trenton, ON
Trenton Real Estate

Aw, I'm sorry to hear that Rambler isn't well. It's difficult when animals are ill, they just can't tell you what's wrong with them. Here's hoping that your big mouthed boy feels much better soon and can resume filling the house with his wonderful barking (in moderation od course).

Sep 27, 2012 10:43 PM
Mona Gersky
MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC - Sylva, NC
GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate.

Hi Lisa,  that is what we are hoping against hope.  Identify it as something we can work towards correcting.  He's always been a very robust dog and Dr Gibson said his heart, lungs and muscle tone were all excellent.  I think his lungs are in great shape from all the barking.

Malcom, thank you so much.  I'm sure they are trying to tell us...we're just too dumb to interpret the barks correctly.

Sep 27, 2012 10:45 PM
John & Irma Nelson
San Antonio Real Estate Broker/Agent with Get It Sold Realty - San Antonio, TX
San Antonio Real Estate Agents - San Antonio Homes

well i will say a prayer that Rambler gets back to his old self.  I hope to hear a BARK from him on Video one of these days when he is feeling better and in the event we get to visit North Carolina one day...seeing him live.

Sep 27, 2012 10:59 PM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Oh Mona. I have my heart in my mouth and I am scared for Ramler too. I am thinking of him and hoping only good news is what will come today. So sorry he's sick. Please keep me posted.

Sep 27, 2012 11:11 PM
Pam Graham
All Real Estate Options - Jacksonville, FL
Jacksonville, Clay & St Johns Counties

 My doggie is the opposite, she's not much of a barker, which makes me happy. :)  Our 4 legged kids are important, so I hope Rambler gets back to barking soon!

Sep 28, 2012 01:42 AM
Sharon Lee
Sharon Lee's Virtual Assistance - Jonesborough, TN
Retired and loving life

Mona-I am sorry to hear about Rambler's not feeling well. Prayers sent your way and his. Let us know the test results.

Sep 28, 2012 02:45 AM
Patty Da Silva, Davie, Southwest Ranches Cooper City, Plantation, Weston, REALTOR
BROKER of Green Realty Properties® - 954-667-7253 - Davie, FL
Top Listing Broker

Aw poor Rambler. I too hope it's something that's easily corrected. I lost one of my kitties to kidney disease a couple years ago and my heart still breaks, so I completely emphathize. I wish all the health in the world to him and a very speedy recovery.

Sep 28, 2012 04:03 AM
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

My dear friends~Let's get Rambler back to RMABLIN'!! Sharon Lee gave me a heads up and so I am here to offer love, light and support--never-ending, never enough for our sweet doggies....(oh, by the way, Kasa comes to work with me on my "floor" days at the Vernonia office and she thinks that standing at the door and barking like she REALLY HAS TO GO allows her the endless opportunity to go BACK OUTSIDE and sniff (but not really need to GO). She sure has my number. As a matter-of-fact, as I was replying she was doing it again--so maybe this time, she's saying a big sweet hello to a handsome fella across the "pond".

Give him a big hug from all of us (I just dropped Kris Ginsberg off at the airport just an hour ago!)

Sep 28, 2012 05:02 AM
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

OK, Mona!  This is a get well card for Rambler!  I hope he's back to the bark soon.

Sep 28, 2012 01:00 PM
Mona Gersky
MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC - Sylva, NC
GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate.

Dear Friends, look at that!  Rambler still feels pretty lousy but we got the lab test results back and the big guy has a raging urinary tract infection.  He got his first antibiotic tonight and nibbled at a little food.  The power of prayer and loving thoughts...there's just nothing like it.

Gayle, I'm so glad to hear that Kasa come to work with you and I hope that Kris's Lucy is doing well too.

Thank you everyone, we'll keep you posted on the progress.

Sep 28, 2012 01:29 PM
Mona Gersky
MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC - Sylva, NC
GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate.

Hi Valerie,  we've just met the first dog that we cannot simply pop a pill into his mouth...makes me crazy.  Here's the cure, so now he's playing hard to get.  Hide it in first one food then another.  He's a freaking hound dog though and smells the pill.  We're going to have to be sneaky otherwise its going to be a long 14 days.

Sep 28, 2012 10:33 PM
Sheila Anderson
Referral Group Incorporated - East Brunswick, NJ
The Real Estate Whisperer Who Listens 732-715-1133

Try peanut butter.

Sep 28, 2012 11:35 PM
Allen Lomax
Steed Talker Realty is with two hours of Tryon International Equestrian Center and we offer the best properties in th... - Sylva, NC
WNC Mountain Homes & Horse Farms Specialists

Love his expression!!   I can hear him saying, "Say what?  Stop barking???  You humans make not sense at all."  :) 




Glad to know it was nothing serious and can be cured with a pill. 




Max resists pills too.  If cancelled in food, he will just eat the food around it and leave the pill.  If covered in peanut butter he will lick off the pb and leave the pill. 




Fortunately, he is much smaller and easier to manage than Ramber.  I stick my finger in his mouth to get him to open and with the other hand place the pill at the back of his mouth and push it a bit down his throat then hold his mouth shut until he swallows.  Not pleasant but effective. 



Sep 29, 2012 12:20 AM
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Mona - I just checked back to see how Rambler was doing - I'm relieved that he's going to be fine. One of our dogs has the same problem with pills - we use cheap American sliced cheese to make a cheese ball with the pill hidden in the middle, and he just swallows it without chewing it.

Sep 29, 2012 02:48 AM
Mona Gersky
MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC - Sylva, NC
GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate.

Sheila, thanks.  Tried peanut butter.  All that accomplished was me laughing at his expression with the texture.  It doesn't help that he's so hungry he's nauseous.  Chicken and rice tonight should help.  I think once his appetite returns he'll scarf the pills down in anything.

Allen, I've missed you.  Rambler will have nothing to do with having a human shove a pill down his throat.  He's 85 pounds and his jaws are huge.

Hi Dick, that's nice of you to be concerned.  I will try the cheesy, cheap American slices and maybe that will be the ticket.

Sep 29, 2012 05:58 AM
Elyse Berman, PA
LoKation Real Estate - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton FL (561) 716-7824

Mona,  Glad to hear it was just a urinary infection.  Rambler should be barking again soon enough.  I make an oatmeal treat (hypoallergenic) that my dogs adore.  I slip their pills into it all the time.  If you want the recipe, just let me know.

Sep 30, 2012 11:23 AM
Mona Gersky
MoonDancer Realty, Dillsboro,NC - Sylva, NC
GRI,IMSD-Taking the mystery out of real estate.

Elyse, you are so generous...do you mind posting it in the comments?  I know there are folks out there who are having the same...uhm...challenges.  Thanks!

Sep 30, 2012 11:34 AM
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Good morning Mona,

Just stopping back in to check on your big guy and his progress...hope he is taking his medicine and feeling better!

Oct 09, 2012 10:30 PM