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Buster’s Birthday Blog

Joette Calabrese, HMC, PHom M

March 20th, 2022  |  41 Comments

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Happy Birfday to me. Happy Birfday to me. I’m turning seventee-eeeen. Happy Birfday to me!

Hi there! Buster, the Bad Office Dog, here again! I’m turning 17 this month!

They say that’s 119 in human years. (Who is this “they” anyway?) I definitely don’t feel 119.

At least not anymore.

Last November, I wrote New Trick for an Old Dog (or Old Human) to tell you that my mom had started giving me Arf-nica 30 (oops, I mean Arnica 30) for my cardiac condition. Welp, I’ve been much, much perkier since then. Homeopathy works!!

But remember how I was telling you in that blog post that Arnica can be effective for all kinds of issues? Well, guess what? Guess what? Guess what?

Okay, wait. I’m getting ahead of myself. (I’m just so excited.)

So, I’ve been deaf for years. I could hear high-pitched sounds (like our squeaky sliding door). But that was about it. I couldn’t hear other doors around the house, music or my parents yelling for me. (And to hear them tell the story, they say they would really SCREAM!!!) Instead, they resorted to catching my eye and giving me hand signals to give me a hint of what they wanted me to do.

Obviously, hearing is not supposed to get better as we age, right? So — and this is the exciting part — imagine my mom’s surprise when my hearing started to improve! No kidding!! Of course, it’s not perfect, but I can hear again!

Now, they can call me in a regular voice, and I can hear them! (That comes in really handy around dinner time.) And I can provide much better security for my home now that I can hear potential intruders. (Okay, they say he’s just the mailman. But I’m not buying it.)

The ONLY thing that has changed in recent months is the addition of Arnica 30 to my daily water bowl. So, it’s gotta be the Arnica, don’t you agree?

Believe me, it’s so exciting to be able to hear again! But now I have no excuse when Mom or Dad tells me something I don’t want to do! Hmmm. I’ll have to figure out a way to fake just a little deafness. (Shhh. Don’t rat me out.)

Oh, and one other thing. I had a giant lipoma on my chest. What’s a lipoma? Mom taught me that word. It’s just a fancy way of saying a big lump of benign fatty tissue right under my skin. It was huge, though. It was somewhere between the size of a ping pong ball and a tennis ball, and it was very firm.

So, guess what?

Now my lump is softer and smaller! And again, the Arnica is the only thing that has changed in my routine — no change in food and no vet interference.

Can you imagine? All these great unexpected benefits came from Mom’s amazing Arnica 30 in my water.

Thanks to Arnica, I’m perkier, my tail is wagging, and I can even go upstairs by myself (instead of having my parents carry me because I would get too breathless). I am definitely feeling better than I did just a few short months ago.

Look, I know I won’t live forever — even homeopathy can’t change that. But it’s okay. I feel pretty good for my age, and I wouldn’t change a thing. It’s actually quite lovely to have the wisdom of an old dog. You see, I’ve learned a thing or two over my 17 years, so let me share a couple of extra thoughts with you.

  1. Don’t chase cars. Believe me, you won’t know what to do with one if you catch it.
  2. Squirrels are annoying. You have to drop whatever you’re doing to bark at them when they come anywhere near your home, and worst of all, they BITE!!
  3. And most importantly, listen to your mom — especially about homeopathy. If you no longer have your mom, then listen to MINE!! And if you’re the mom in your family, that means people should listen to you! (So, learn lots about homeopathy and help your family, too!)

Oops. Speaking of Mom, she’s calling me. I think she wants me to get off her computer. Watch this … I’ll pretend I can’t hear her. (Gosh, I crack myself up!)

Love and licks,

Buster the bad office dog











P.S. Joette, here. If you’ve forgotten the method I used to administer Arnica to Buster, here it is again. I purchased Arnica 30 prepared as a liquid from the homeopathic manufacturing pharmacy and placed a few drops of it in his water bowl. If you can’t readily locate Arnica in liquid form, don’t worry. You can simply use one dose of Arnica 30 pillules dissolved in the water.

May I also suggest that you own a copy of A Materia Medica: Practical Homeopathy® for Busy Families. In it, I spend several pages discussing various other uses for Arnica than what we’ve discussed here. Plus, there is rich information on over 150 different medicines. This book is written in plain language — my language — and I think you’ll find it more accessible than the difficult-to-comprehend traditional materia medicas. It’s an excellent place for you and your family to start laying your foundation in homeopathy!

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Joette laughingI am a homeopath with a worldwide practice working with families and individuals via Zoom. I'm also a teacher and most importantly, a mom who raised my now-adult children depending on homeopathy over the last 31 years. I lived decades of my life with food intolerances, allergies, and chemical sensitivities until I was cured with homeopathy, so I understand pain, anxiety, and suffering. You may feel that your issues are more severe or different than anyone else’s, but I have seen it all in my practice and in my work in India. My opinion is that nothing has come close to the reproducible, safe and effective results that my clients, students and I have achieved with homeopathy.

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41 thoughts on “Buster’s Birthday Blog”

  1. Anja says:

    Happy 17th Birthday Buster!!!! Your Mama is so awesome indeed!!!

  2. M. says:

    Happy Birfday, Buster. You’re too cute.

  3. Robin Howard says:

    Happy Birthday Buster!!! This is truly a wonderful celebration. My Mom started putting Arnica in my water bowl too as I have a heart condition like you and I feel better also. My Lipoma is soft and small too. I am a kitty cat:) I hear my Mom singing with your Mom at 8PM on Mondays. She really loves your Mom and thanks her for all she has taught her:)

  4. Grey says:

    In general do people decrease the dose for animals or base it on their weight? Why did you pick arnica 30 versus a lower number or higher like 200?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

      I don’t use a lower potency based on weight. I chose 30 because it’s fairly known that it’s a good potency to be taken daily for conditions such as old age.

  5. Blaze says:

    Buster! Happy Birfday buddy! Soooo happy Mom gives you Arnica, it is my absolute go to for just about any and all. It works on everything from arthritis to earaches to headaches to heartaches to lumpies and bumpies! Much wuv’s to you an Mom! 😀

  6. Wanda Kaluzny says:

    Happy Birthday Buster💕 — wow, seventeen is something to celebrate!! Your Mom mentioned Arnica 30C in one of the Monday night talks. I started giving it to my almost 12 year old Husky & now she’s acting like a 2 year old again (your mom has great advice) and, dare I say it, I’m giving it to my 6 year old cat too. At our checkup last year, the vet said my cat was starting kidney disease. Wow, 6 is young for that but he has had other issues too. I hope the Arnica 30 turn that around and the vet will say she must have been mistaken about the kidneys when we go back for our yearly blood test. Buster, keep on keeping on with the Arnica & I look forward to reading your blogs for many more years to come! Sending lots of love from me, Maggie the dog & Max the cat💕

  7. Mary Anne says:

    Happy Birthday, Buster! I love all your posts and hope you can sneak on the computer more often. Take care! 🐾

  8. Janet says:

    Happy 17th Buster! You’re lucky to have such a great mom and dad. I love your party hat!

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

      Hi Janet,
      ‘Love seeing your smiling face in our Materia Medica classes.
      And your questions are always poignant.

  9. Shari Wood says:

    Now that Buster is ‘very much better’ , will the Arnica 30 stop? What provings would you look for in a dog? This is such an interesting topic!

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

      As long as it continues to help him yet the conditions remain, we’ll carry on with it.
      Should a proving occur it will likely not be difficult to observe.

  10. Karen says:

    I absolutely love hearing your story, Buster!! Happy Birthday, woof! to you! Arnica is truly miraculous…but what is even better is that you are teaching others about it! Thanks so much.

  11. Cynthia says:

    Love this post!
    Happy birthday Buster (and many more!)

  12. Catherine says:

    Aww, yappy barkday, Buster!!! My two dogs are so hopeful they’ll be your age one day!

    Thank you for telling us how Arnica has really helped you – I’m so grateful for the information!

    Here’s hoping that your transition is faaaar away and that no matter how long you stay here, you’re as peppy and happy as you are now!

  13. Kshama Kataria says:

    Happy Birthday Buster! You and your mama both are awesome!
    You both have helped us a lot. We are a family of nine dogs and our dear mama, out of which 4 are 12 years of age, we don’t call ourselves senior yet. 🙂
    thank you for sharing life with us.
    Have a wornderful life Buster!

  14. Ana says:

    Happy birthday Buster. That’s the way to enjoy purity of life . Blessings to all!

  15. Daisey says:

    wow buster!! or bow wow! my cousin georgia has decreased hearing. i think it was brought on by the backwards sneeze so her mom massaged her neck below her ears. i think it made a difference. but she’s going to try arnica for that plus her fatty tumors. she’s going to be 12 ( me too )..this is awesome. thanks a bunch..

  16. Jane Ryksen says:

    Would Arnica 30 help for any lipoma? Would you take it twice a day?

  17. Linda S says:

    Happy Birfday, Buster! Many thanks to you and your mom for sharing your homeopathic knowledge of Arnica! You’re boff doggone smart!

  18. Tamara S says:

    That is Wonderful Happy Birthday Buster! Would this be the Arnica 30 in Liquid that was recently discussed or pellets? Clarification would be greatly appreciated!

    1. Rosanne Fischer says:

      I’d love to know dosage for pets, also.

  19. Janet Deacon says:

    Dear Buster,

    It’s Bunny again, and I want to wish my favorite beau a Happy Birfday!! I can’t believe you’re 17 years old, and yet your hair is just as white as the day you were born! (So is mine, for the record, but I’m only 13.).

    And you still smell amazing too! Heck, I can tell from wayyyyy over here in California! That last roll in the grass was especially potent. Do I detect traces of alligator?

    Anyway, I hope you enjoy your big day!

    Wags and wuvs,

    P.S. I have a lipoma on my chest too! Awww. <3

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

      Hi Bunny!
      I miss you. I’m so happy to be your pen pal.
      Love and sniffs,

  20. Shelley says:

    Happy Birthday Buster!You are such a cutie!So glad the Arnica is working well.

  21. Cathy V says:

    Oh a very Happy BirthAnniversary! Have a wonderful month and enjoy your new friendship with Bunny.

  22. Carol Parsons says:

    Happy Birthday cutie pie! I really enjoyed your blog. Does your mom put Arnica pellets in your water? I’ve tried putting pellets in my dogs’ water and they never dissolve.

  23. Daniela Harea says:

    Happy Birthday dear Buster!!! And for your mom too!!

  24. Shauna says:

    Happy Birthday Buster! My dog is 12 years old and we are praying she makes it to your age and is still full of life then too!

    When putting the Arnica in the water bowl, do you measure out the water and give him a specific amount or is it just placed in the water for Buster to drink throughout the day when he’s thirsty? Usually when placed in water, every sip is a dose so does that mean he takes several doses throughout the day?

    Thanks in advance for the clarification! My dog has a lipoma on her chest too!

  25. Catherine says:

    Amazing!! And here we thought Arnica was only for swelling, bruising and pain. But wait, there’s more….hearing, lipoma, effects of aging. How can you not ADORE homeopathy (and Joette for sharing this)? There is no greater gift than education. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

  26. Stuart LeMay says:

    Happy Birthday, Buster!
    This is very encouraging to me as I’ve had kidney disease for over four years and my doctor said I’d pass at least three years ago but my mom feeds me special food and I’m still around although I’m having a hard time keeping weight on and can’t hear well either so my mom is going to try the Arnica 30 in my water bowl like yours did. Thank you for the tip!
    Cat rub to you,

  27. Vee says:

    Thank you for sharing, does arnica work on lipomas for humans? Or do we stick to thuja 200c and Hepar sulph for completely eradicating it? Thank you xx

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH says:

      It apparently is useful for lipomas but it was news to me.

      1. Vee says:

        Thank you so much x I used homeopathy when I had covid, byronia was fab, no painkillers, no pharmaceuticals and no vaccines x

  28. Mary Herman says:

    Wow, way to go Buster! So happy to hear that you are much improved! I’m not a dog, but I am up in years, and my loss of hearing concerns me greatly, and I also get out of breath easily. I don’t even have the strength or desire to go for a walk, let alone think about climbing stairs! I think I’ll try Arnica on a daily basis to see if this old girl can’t feel perkier like you!

  29. Anna says:

    Thank you SO much for this advice Buster! One of my family of doggies, a little JR type terrier who’s nearly 18, had several lipomas – one on her side and a couple on her chest which were causing me concern. And getting very large. Put Arnica 30 in the water bowl and literally a couple of days later I noticed they were getting smaller. Now, nearly 3 weeks later, I can hardly find them. Wow!!!
    PS Sadly her hearing (and that of her 16 year old buddy) doesn’t seem to have improved and is still VERY selective LOL

  30. Stephanie T says:

    Thank you for this post, Buster. I needed to know about all the benefits of Arnica for our little buddy, Baxter. He’ll be 14 next month, and the Arnica will do him good.

  31. Myriam says:

    Thank you so much for this post, Buster!

    I will try Arnica 30 for my 15-year-old dog who doesn’t hear that well anymore and who has two lipomas that I have tried to detox with herbal & other supplements.


  32. Rebecca says:

    I am trying arnica for my 11 year old girl’s lipomas. She has a few. About how long does it take to start seeing any possible results?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, PHom M says:

      Sometimes we see homeopathics move a chronic condition along within a month or so while other times, the condition may change but resolution may take many months.

  33. Rebecca says:

    Thank you for the response. I will be patient.

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