Thursday, July 2, 2009

Growing Bread in My Ears and More Rain

Yesterday I went to the V-E-T for my annual checkup. I got all felt up and they took my blood and momma brought in some of my poop to show off. I also got my rabies shot so that I don't go cracker dog.

Naturally I avoided getting on the scale. I just put my big old bottom down and said "no way!"

It is important not to get on the scale lest somebody declare there is "too much Mango" and force one to have a D-I-E-T!

So the V-E-T said I was in most excellent condition for a middle aged guy except for having watchyacall YEAST growing in my large and swamp like ears.

Momma brought home some nasty ear drops.

She is supposed to put eight drops in each ear every day, but she says "how the heck can I figure out how many drops when I have to practically put the whole bottle in your ear just to make sure it gets in?"

So she just pokes it in, squeezes, and hopes for the best.

I try to be brave, but I don't like it and my poor ears are very tender right now.

But I always get a cookie for being stoic and letting momma be my nurse.

Given that the yeast in my ears is now officially chronic, the V-E-T said I need to try a new diet and sent me home with a bag of this fancy pants doggie food.

Vegetarian? Gross!

I think it's a big scam. Can you read this label? It says feed 12 1/2 cups to a 150 pound doggie which means a full sized guy like me needs to eat 16 - 18 cups / day. Not to mention, this 20 pound bag totally cost a gazillion dollars AND it tastes like crap.

Besides, if I eat the crap dog food and get the icky ear drops and the twice weekly ear flush (oh, did I forget to mention that), how will we know which one cured me?

And now I am losing sleep. I will tell you why.

How did yeast get into my ears? Yeast is what they make bread foodables from and what better warm, moist place to sprout it than my large and bottomless ears.

I am having nightmares, I tell you.

Dreaming that I will wake up to find yeast based foodables popping out of me!

Then what do I do? Eat them? But I always get in trouble for eating anything that comes out of me.

And what if they aren't on my new diet?

And what if Pee-Wee eats them?


To make things worse, it continues to rain here in Master Chew Sits. Rain, rain, rain, every single day!

I am not bothered by getting a tad wet, but this has been giant monsoon rain! Check out this movie.

In case you missed it, there are a few very important things in that movie that show how abused I am;

1) Hear DOH saying "go do your pee-pee?" Yuh, because I am about to explode from not being able to go outside (I don't see her doing pee pee in the rain).

2) Is it obvious that DOH is standing under the doorway where it isn't raining whilst telling us to get out there. "I'll dry you off." What a load of crap.

3) Why is it that I do not want to go out to get wet on my backsides, but as soon as it stops raining all I want to do is walk in the giant puddle? I even confuse myself.

7) I am certain that it is not raining on both sides of the house at once, so why can't I just use the front door? If you don't believe me, check out the photo of my dumb dog food above. As you can see, the sun is shining on that side of the house. Maybe I could just pop out the window.


10) How can anyDOH possibly complain about muddy paw prints all over the floor when she made us go out in the first place?


The vegetable garden is starting to scare me a little bit. The cucumbers are escaping out the fence and the tomatoes! Yikes! I thought the fence was to keep me out, but now I just hope it keeps the vegetables in lest they take over the estate.

Oops, back in the puddle again. I considered planting rice.

Overall, not my finest hour.

To make matters worse, I just overheard Momma and Master discussing how this is a great day for a movie and a nap. Drat! That means I won't even get to visit my pals.

I am going to try hibernating until all the bread in my ears has risen and the sun comes out.

Mango Man! Oh yeah!


The J.A.Z Pack! said...

Oh Mango! So sorry to hear that your ears are yeasty! We are quite certain that bread eatables will not start growing out of your ears thought the image is very funny to think of. I just got over an ear infection of my own! Just be glad that they are not shoving giant green things down your throat twice a day along with the ear flush and eye goopies!


Jake of Florida said...

Oh Mango, So many things to worry about all at once -- we now have two headaches on your behalf.

We've been having almost unstoppable rain too for the whole week -- so we get to pee in the rain while Mom just stands there with her safe umbrella. Fortunately JH has gotten over his puppy fear of umbrellas, otherwise we'd never get to go out during the rainy season.

That pawing in the puddle (has a song-like ring to it, doesn't it?) was very interesting. Was there a toad or a frog or some other hopping foodable?

We commiserate oh relentlessly huge one.

(By the way, our vet tech says the food manufacturers always overexaggerate how much food per pound.)

Wirey woofs,'

Jake and Just Harry

Jan's Funny Farm said...

Mangos homemade bread and foodable. Has a nice ring. You could start your own bread company.

The 'splorin' Wolfies said...

sorry about the bred in your ear Mango MAN! but i am not so sure about that vegetarian diet. i am not a vet though--but if your health is good it seems scam-ish. being omnivors, dogs are suppose to eat meat

Lady Kaos said...

I think you need to get a second opinion about there being too much Mango. That food doesn't sound good at all. I think you're going to have a pond in your back yard pretty soon with all that rain!! Becareful!!

Diamond said...

That seems like an awful lot of food, even for a big guy like you.

I'm not a big fan of rain myself but also love puddles. That looked like an A+ puddle you have there!

Chloe and Libby said...

Wow Mango, that's mucho raino up there! My goodness, you are going to have water in the house if it doens't stop soon!
My mommy said maybe your mommy should give a no grain doggy food a try. We have to eat that too cause we get the ol yeast in the ears bit too! We eat Taste of The Wild, it has no grains but it tastes soooo yummy!
I hope the sun comes out soon for you!

Martha Basset said...

Hi Mango
We reckon all dogs should have inside toilets like Lorenza - it is shocking sending you out in that weather.
We are sorry you have the bread in your ears - yeast infections being the plight of us droopy eared dogs!
We were proud of you not getting on the scales - Martha was lifted on last time she went for her immunisations and yes - the DIET word was mentioned.
We think your mom will have to find lots of money for that food if you are going to have to eat that much just to keep body and soul together.
Good luck with the ear drops!!!!
Martha & Bailey xxx

GoldenSamantha said...

Poor Mango - that's a lot of information there. Yeast makes lots of foodables - beer? Mango's "Food and Drinkables"? I can't believe all that rain and flooding - even though I like water in all its forms, I don't like the parent to complain about wetting up the floors either. And I definitely would not like fancy greenie kibble(dry heave). Nor the ear drops nor any treatment, no matter how few the repetitions. Bummer. Looks like you have a tear running in one picture. Feel for you pal. But I do not believe that any bread will be rising or popping up out of your ears anytime soon. However, be sure to let us know in case some does. I like baguettes.
Hugs xo
PS At least you get to eat almost a ton of food...

Tucker, Daisy and Leo said...

Hey Mango

Just got back from the vet and she says I have yeast growing in my ears too. Maybe we could open a bakery here in rainy Master-chew-sits.

Tucker (and Daisy too.)

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Maybe that new PILLOW woo got will help!

Or maybe just some khonstant chasing ME around will help your regimen!

PeeEssWoo: Bread! YUM!

Ruby Bleu said...

Well, it's good to hear in general you are a healthy Mango, but the bread in the ears things is just scawie. Oh and all that rain...ridiculous to make you go outside in it, absolutely ridiculous. Still in and make a stain is what I say!!!

Lots of Licks, Ruby

Brind'Amour said...

Wow Mango, that sure is a lot of rain. Did you ever try bouncing tennis balls in those big puddles? It's really fun. It's like bobbing for apples.....only not.

And growing foodables in your ears..... it's pure talent I tell ya!


Lucia said...

Ciao enorme Mango!

Awww, poor fella -- bread in your ears and rain on your estate. What a sorry state of affairs. I hope things improve for you PDQ. (I left you a meditation candle on my bloggie -- it even has your name on it! -- would that help any?)

BTW, while la mia ragazza and I were away last week with her papa, I, Lucia, ran out of my usual Premium Edge Adult Chicken and Veggie Kibble (LMR is such a poor planner -- sheesh!) and we had to make an emergency run to a local pet store for supplemental foodables. They didn't have my Premium Edge, so the lady at the store suggested a small bag of something called "Orijen Adult" food to tide me over. IT IS FANTASTICO! It has whitefish, turkey and chicken, but no grains. I loved every last bite, so we are going to ask about it at our local pet store. Would a grain-less food help with your bakery ears? (Note from LRM to Mango Momma: the food seems to be really good quality and Lucia loved it, but it was more $$ than her Premium Edge.)

Paws crossed that the rain, rain goes away, il mio amico, and that your personal bread factory closes its doors for a long while...!! Smoochies to Dex!

Tanti baci!

pam said...

We're on the no grain foodables too and mommy says our ears are clear for the first time in ' forever', that mommy exagerates. But we don't have to have the bi-weekly ear washies anymore. Yeah!!! And no more eardrops. Yeah yeah!!!

Bobo and Meja

bbes tribe said...

Poor Mango!!! Yeasty ears, too much rain AND Veggie Food that tastes like CRAP. How much can a guy take. Hang in there friend. We are sure it will get better
Ernie & Sasha

Woodrow, Sweetie, MJ Campanella said...

poor mango - sorry you had to go out in the rain - you need to make mommy go out with you with an umbrella like i do - or you can try my doggie dog trick - just back out and do your business so only 1/3 of you gets wet!!

as for the ear thing ask your mommy to try raw diet it made me all better when i had really bad allergies!!


Moco said...

Gads, what a day you have had. Dawson had that yeast in his ears and had to take antibiotics. No bread came out of his head though. Bummer.

Peanut said...

We agree that maybe if you weren't on it before you should try a grain free food. While I didn't have yeasties in my ears I did have the itchies and it cleared it up. I would say go raw buddy but I don't know that anyone could afford to feed your huge self raw meat.

Fiona, as typed by Dr. Liz said...

Oh man, oh man, oh man! So many troubles! Bread growing out of your ears, you having to take up rice farming because there is nothing else to do in the rain, and having to pee in the rain! Ugh. (I have finally found a 'hang-over' - or maybe it's 'over-hang' - I can't remember what Mom called it - on our back porch so I can piddle when it rains. It's not much, but it keeps me out of the rain - since I refuse to pee on the front porch where TaiChi does.) And VEGETARIAN food?!? Are they kidding?!? A day without meat is well, not much of a day at all. Gah, you might as well eat the bread growing out of your head. I will meditate some rain-free/bread-free thoughts your direction.

*kissey face*

Tank said...

I don't want to be repetitious, so let me just say Dude- go back to bed. Maybe tomorrow will be better.

the professionals said...

mango man you're packing a lunch!!

Deetz said...

I had to stop by and see what was going on with my Mango Man....
Ear drops, Bread in your ears, new dog food, head is spinning..and the nightmares....Its crazy!
I will have to get back with you, I wouldn't eat the expensive dogfood - scam....8 drops in each ear - guessing and hoping for the best, well done.

Stella said...

Not a good start to the Holiday weekend, Mango!

Maybe you should just NOT eat the new kibble, veggie stuff. Then sort of flop around on your bed, groaning and sighing. With your size your tummy rumbling would sound like a chopper flyover. They will notice!

You can do it, Mango and make it a Happy weekend.


misskyliem said...

Oh Mango... I had those nasty drops, they are no fun! Now I have to get some other cleaner squirted in them and squished around for 30 seconds before I can shake! Ugh! And as for this rain and THUNDER... This is not acceptable. I mean, me being a water dog I don't mind a little shower here and there but all the fresh grass and sod in my new estate is looking more like a swamp then a yard to run in! I might have Mom put on my life jacket the next time I go out! WOoF! Maybe you and me should have a meeting with the weather gods...


Looking very festive!! WOooF!

dewdana said...

Oh dear mango! Are you making Mango Pastries these days? We're with you on the new foodables... sounds like a racket to us. Vegetables are meant to go on the side of meatables. Sounds like you will be getting an awful lot of whatever it is though! I wonder if the rain has anything to do with the weather in your ears? Maybe it will clear up when the skies do...
feel better

chicamom85 said...

Mango, I am so scared for you with that yeast thing. I hope it goes away quick. Try to rest. Don't eat that food whatever you do, it just isn't right. I don't like to go out in the rain at all, I just turn around and go back inside.

licks and sniffs, Sasha

Maggie and Mitch said...

Bummer about your yeasty ears, Mango! We hope the drops and the new kibble do the trick!
Mom doesn't get to send us out in the rain while she stays dry and we get soaked! We make her come outside with us and hold an umbrella over our heads while we pee and poo! Maybe you should meditate some about this?!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Honey the Great Dane said...

Oh my God, Mango - you are growing BREAD in your ears??? You lucky dog!!! You know I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE bread! I work harder for bread than for any liver, sausage or chicken treats...gosh, I would kill to have bread on tap coming out of my ears...then I wouldn't have to do any more silly tricks or dance moves to earn measly little pieces!! Hee! hee!

No, seriously - am sorry to hear that your ears are tender - poor you! That must be awful. I have to say - I agree with the Splorin Wolfies - us doggies are omnivores (with the majority being meat) and should not be on a veggie-only diet!! It seems so wrong!

I also agree that I think a grain-free or low-grain diet would be a good idea. Although us dogs are supposed to be "omnivores" - we shouldn't eat grains as the main part of our diet - we're not cows, for heaven's sake! A lot of vets and scientists think that eating too much grains in our diet can give us doggies an "intolerance" and then we get things like ear yeast infections and itchy skins and irritable bowels, so we fart a lot and make lots of sloppy poos...

When I was on kibble, I used to poo 6 times a day and it was really smelly and sloppy and my ears were always waxy and dirty... now that I'm eating Raw, Meaty Bones, my ears hardly ever need cleaning and I only poo once or twice a day - and they are nice, small, firm poos with hardly any smell! My coat is really shiny too and my vet says I have amazing teeth! :-)

You know that I am on a Raw (BARF) Diet and one of the reasons people support a Raw Diet is because it is much lower in grains, so we can eat a diet much closer to what doggies would eat in the wild.

In the wild, us dogs might eat some fruit and berries and ripe things that fall down but mostly, we'd be hunting rabbits and squirrels and other small animals to eat (so meat, fat, skin, bones with a BIT of digested grains in their stomachs) as the main part of our diet. We certainly wouldn't be grazing on wheat and corn!! :-) But so many of the modern, processed pet foods have lots of these grains as fillers because they are much cheaper! :-)

It would be like humans eating tinned food and frozen-ready meals all the time instead of fresh fruits & vegetables and home-cooked meat and stuff...that would be pretty yuck and bad for your health!

Anyway, I know the Raw Diet is not for everyone but perhaps it would be good to look for a kibble that has a higher percentage of meat in its ingredients and less corn, wheat, barley,rice, etc...if you look on the labels of even some of the big pet food companiers, you will see that most of the kibble is made up of grain (the first ingredient) and then stuff like "meat by-products" or "chicken by-products"...that is just feathers and beak and legs...very little nutritional value. So it's good to read the ingredients list and try to choose a food with more meat as the main source of protein.

I hate to say it but a lot of the time, it is a bit of a's easy to make fancy packaging and pretty pictures, with words that sound important (my humans say this is called "pseudo science") but it's what's really inside the food that's important!

And then they charge you lots of money paper for all that fancy marketing! My humans used to pay alot more when I was eating kibble - especially if they wanted to feed me the premium stuff! Now, it only costs my humans about US$4 a day to feed me...and that's on fresh raw chicken carcasses, lamb briskets, offal, pilchards, chicken necks, bits of off-cuts/leftover pork & I get some leftover veggies, rice and stuff from my humans, some ripe fruit and raw eggs sometimes. Oh, and a bit of honey and apple cider vinegar too!
But no expensive trips to the vet! :-)

Anyway, hope your infection clears up soon!

Honey the Great Dane

Murphy Dogg said...

Hey Mango,
Tell your momma to try mixing plain yogurt in with your food. My late big bro, Herkamur, had chronic yeasty ears and what finally cured him was eating yogurt every day and putting, um, over-the-counter cream for "lady parts" in his ears for 7 days, then once a week for maintenance. Sounds weird, I know, but it might be better than vegetarian food, blech!
Murphy Dogg

The OP Pack said...

You just crack Mom up - she thinks you are just hysterical. Hey, TD loves the rain - the more the better.

And about that yeast. Maybe Mom could figure out how to turn that yeast in your ears into donuts and offer some competition to DD.

Woos, the OP Pack

Rocky Creek Scotties and Java said...

We're so sorry to hear you have yeasty ears - if it makes you feel any better so does Carrleigh - and she doesn't want to get on the scales or go on a D-I-E-T either. You two have a lot in common!!

This is one of the best post yet - our huMom is crying and we don't think it's from being sad!!LOL

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Java

Lorenza said...

Hi, Mango!
This does not sound like the best of your days!
I hope the new food and the drops help you get better!
Take care
Kisses and hugs

Rufus, Indie (and Anita) said...

You have a lake at your house? We saw it in the video! :)
Rain is no fun!
Rufus and Indie

Rufus, Indie (and Anita) said...

Sorry about the diet! You always look great for us!

hero said...

Hi Mango, I love your blog... you are one cool dude. Hope your ears are getting better.


Stanley said...

Hey, man.

My girl just wants to say that she loves EVERY BIT of the Mango, and wouldn't mind if there was even a little bit more to love. Just sayin'...

BUmmer about your bread-like ears buddy. My angel sissy Rosie (the Airegirl) had BAD BAD BADass yeast in her ears chronically. If my girl knew then what she knows now, she wouldn't have done the expensive vegetarian diet thing but would have put her on a RAW diet immediately (no grains). when my girl first got me my vet said I might be prone to yeast (as all Airedales are) and that's when my girl got serious about researching RAW diets and others.

Seriously. You'd LOVE it, and it probably wouldn't be as expensive as the crappy veggie stuff. Just a thought.

As information, my girl also told me to tell you that your new header photo is gorgeous and that she's bummed we didn't figure out a way to go see you when we were out East so she could have smooched and smooshed on you to her heart's content. (She MAKES me write this stuff.)

Goober love & smooches,

Stanley said...

Pee S

By the way. I'm yeast free and LOVIN' it.

Goob love,

Kess And Her Mama said...

I love bread but sure wouldn't want yeast in my ear. Hope you get better real soon and don't need yucky eardrops and vegie meals (Did someone forgot that canines are meatasorous!)

Dennis the Vizsla said...

That's too funny! Back when we lived in New York, our house had at least four doors to the outside and when it was raining, Tucker would go to Every. Single. One. to see if if maybe it wasn't raining outside of THIS door. It never worked out for him, unfortunately.

1000 Goldens said...

There's no such thing as "too much Mango." I wouldn't get on the scale either! My humans give me the same ear drops. The only way I let them do it, is if my mom hand feeds me spoons of peanut butter, while my dad stuffs that long squirter in my ears. Stay strong Mango! Don't let the bread get you down :)

Abby said...

Hi, Mango...

Not having a good day, Huh??

Just ask your Mom for a treat & go take a nap...

Tomorrow will be better...

Abby xxxooo

Lexi, Qwill, Shiner and Trophy said...

My first thought on your food change is why the vet went to a totally meat free diet first.

Usually vets will go grain free or chicken free first, and go on a food that has a "novelty" protein as the only meat source first, such as fish, duck, rabbit, venison, and then potato as the carbohydrate.

Koda wasn't diagnosed with a food allergy, but working in a vet clinic for a while myself i had a strong suspicion that's what it was. I switched him to a grain free food that had chicken and buffalo as it's two meat sources, and after nearly 2 months that wasn't doing enough to help him. So i switched to Natural Balance L.I.D. formulas (we have tried several of their novelty proteins, fish is least expensive at ~$41 for a 40lb bag. we went with venison and duck i believe to avoid fishy smells and it's only 1-2 bucks more expensive).

Koda is doing FANTASTIC this summer. Last year he had chewed most of his fur off of his rump and sides and all four feet were licked raw. This year - absolutely no problems!!

I would be interested to learn if there WAS a specific reason for your vet to choose to go meatless (is mango already on a L.I.D. diet and it's not enough?), but (for your pocket book!!) I would talk to him about maybe trying a slightly less expensive OTC wheat/grain/common protein source free food.

Gus, Louie and Callie said...

Oh Mango who planted that yeast in your ear? Perhaps we need to find out and give them a piece of the Heeler minds..
you can send us some of that rain anytime. We have HOT HOT and more HOT here.. 100+ is just too HOT..

Big Sloppy Kisses
Gus, Louie and Callie

Owner of Storm and Jackal said...

I'm in agreement about the new dog food. Vegetarian is just not the way to go with a canine. The reason it suggests feeding so much is because your digestive system can't process grains so all that food is going to run through your and create mondo poop piles.

I eat a grain free dog food like someone else suggested because Storm has serious skin problems and allergies when she eats food with grain in it.

BTW you seriously need to share some of your rain and stop hogging it all!! We're baking down south!


Heather and Pumpkin said...

If I had yeast in my ears, would I produce pumpkin bread?

Hope you feel better soon.


Joe Stains said...

12 CUPS OF FOOD> omdog, sign me UP! I get like 1.5 here. sheesh. Sorry about that nasty rain business, here in the desert we get NO rain and it stinks because we really do need some.

Nibbles Treats said...

Hey Mango - do you know the muffin man?

Lots of treats,
Tinkerbell, Oscar and Tucker

The 'splorin' Wolfies said...

hey MAngo--what is going on in the video at the 1 minute mark? hahaha! your body is in one place and your feet have somehow left your body and moved to another spot! hehehe! we loved the barking/whining at the end too!

babyphat523 said...

Mango, I'd vote for your bloggy as the Funniest One if there was some where to vote. : )

I hope your ears are feeling much better... Dang blasted weather!

Sami & Baylee said...

Mango I too have problems with yeast in my ears and have to have medicine put in them too and I hate it and try to shake all that medicine right out of my ear..mommy tries to hold my ears so I don't. Mine have improved. I can't believe the put you on a veg. dog food, who would have guessed veg. dog food. I love my meat. I eat Royal Canin too and it is yummy but mine isn't the veggie kind. Once the vet tried to put Sami on the RX skin support kind but all she wanted to do was rub her face in it. Sami has skin allergies to certain kinds of dog food and treats so she has to eat a lot of human meat luckily I get it to cause mommy says it isn;t fair that sami get it and not me but really if sami eats any dog food but royal canin she itches and they thought they might have to cut her tail off one time if she didn't stop chewing at it so now mommy pays special attention and watches what she eats and she hasn't had a problem since then. I think it was a trick to eat hooman food but mum is the word cause I like hooman food and I get what she does..heheehe....I hope your ears get better and you get to eat meat doggie food again! love baylee

Saint Lover said...

I am dealing with a little yeast in Brutus's ears right now too. I have some yeast wash we are using. My dogs are already on a grain free food - I could give you several MUCH better suggestions for food that came from our allergy list. I'll email you!