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Buster, the Bad Office Dog: What’s in a Name?

Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH

August 14th, 2016  |  32 Comments

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Hey! You up there! Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Buster, the Bad Office Dog. You heard that right, I said Bad. I figured since I'm in the office with Joette all the time anyway, I may as well make myself useful and start earning my keep. Plus, why should Joette be the only one who gets a blog? I have some great stories, too!

Like my name, for instance. You're probably wondering how I got it, and even more why my loving human companions would ever assign me that moniker. So here goes …

I'd like to say I got it because I'm the dog your mom warned you about; the one who rides a motorcycle, listens to rock & roll music (think “Bad to the Bone” by George Thorogood) and chases a lot of “tail.” But alas, no such luck. I'm actually a really good dog.

Except for that one time when I wasn't.

I was lucky enough to be born at home into the best family a pup like me could ever hope for. When I met Perry, well … let's just say the old saying is true: he really was my best friend. Don't get me wrong, I loved all my family, but there was something special about Perry. On most days, you could find me by his side, whether playing outside or curled up by his feet under the desk.

I've always been an active pup, which means I spend a lot of time outdoors. As you all know, Joette is a Master Homeopath (Good news for me! No trips to the vet disguised as a car ride!) and knows exactly how to treat not only her human friends but her furry ones, too. I have to say, it's a pretty good life!

But then there was that one time. The time I got shot.

Not SHOT, shot … but that sure did sound exciting, didn't it?

Several years ago, the local dog catcher had been coming around our place for some time and kept telling my family that unless I had a rabies shot, I wouldn't be able to live with them anymore. Joette did her best to keep him at bay, but I was willing to do anything to stay with my family, so we all reluctantly agreed that I would make that dreaded trip to the vet. Before going, Joette gave me a dose of Lyssinum 200C, which is made from the rabies virus and diluted 200 times to the hundredth power. The vet gave me the same thing before giving me the shot. Joette gave me one more dose when we got home, but something just wasn't right.

I started to feel funny, which led me to act funny, too. Not funny “haha,” funny “bad dog.” I stopped acting like my normal self and started growling, snarling and even lurching at Joette, her dad and even her son if they tried to get anywhere near Perry. I was acting like I actually had rabies.

But wait. I thought the dog catcher insisted I get that shot to prevent such aggressive behavior? Joette later told me she should have kept up with the Lyssinum 200C for a few more days and that I was this close to a trip to the “glue factory” after going after my human brother. I couldn't believe I was acting like this. It's just not in my nature. Lucky for me, Joette had homeopathy on her side.

She started me back on Lyssinum 200C for a few days, and I was back to normal for about a month. But all of a sudden, I started acting bad again. Growling, snarling, not letting anyone, and I mean ANYONE, near Perry. I was pretty upset with myself. Why couldn't I be Buster, the GOOD Office Dog, like I wanted to be?

But Joette refused to give up. (I told you I was born into the best family a pup like me could ever hope for!) For the next month, she gave me Lyssinum 200C two times a day, and when the month was up, she brought it back down to once a day for the next three months, and also added Stramonium 200 to the mix twice a day to correct my violent behavior. It only took a few days for me to get back to my normal self after Joette reintroduced the Lyssinum 200C and added the Stramonium 200, and I've been a good dog ever since.

I know they still call me Buster, the Bad Office Dog to remember what they went through, and I can understand why. It also reminds me how lucky I am that Joette is so skilled at what she does and that I'll never have to worry about acting that way again.

And after all, what's in a name?

P.S. I hope you enjoyed my very first blog post! Stay tuned, because you'll be hearing a lot more from me (my paws just can't stay away from this keyboard!) I think I hear Joette coming, so back to under the desk I go.

Until next time!

Buster (The Bad Office Dog)



I 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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32 thoughts on “Buster, the Bad Office Dog: What’s in a Name?”

  1. Kerstin DeRolf says:

    Hi Joette!

    Just wondering – are Lyssin and Lyssinum the same thing?
    I ask because I treated my dog for quite a while with a classical homeopath, but finally we were just not making any headway so I stopped. However, the symptoms you describe for Buster describe much of what my dog has as well…so I would like to try it.

    Thanks in advance for your response 🙂

    1. Kerstin DeRolf says:

      My apologies – if I had done a better search I would have determined that the two were the same thing…my apologies.

  2. Bob the Rolo swirl dog's person- Tamera :) says:

    Hi Buster! I was wondering if you have ever had those pesky ear mites? And if so, do you mind sharing what Joette used to treat your ears?

    Bob- the Rolo swirl dog

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      I’ve never had them, but I heard tell she uses the same itching medicine for mites as for other itchy skin conditions. Read last Sunday night’s post, Devil Kitty.

      1. Bob the Rolo swirl dog's person- Tamera :) says:

        Thank you! I’ll be so happy to tell my human to read it! These little buggers are so itchy I do believe I’ve been seeing her itch (hopefully just from the thought of them) too!

  3. Jodi says:

    Any recommendations for a teething, biting, stubborn, occasionally reactive with aggression puppy, Buster? I’m giving you a rival in your name and I’ve only been in my home for 6 weeks. No rabies shots but had two rounds of all those other shots before I came. Had some Thuja but that’s it.
    Luna the sometimes Lunatic

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      Check out this article. It says it all for your baby dog. https://joettecalabrese.com/blog/homeopathic-remedies/the-sound-of-silence/

      1. Jodi says:

        Thank you! I will!

        1. Shae says:

          Jodi, did you ever find a remedy for your puppy? I’ve got a puppy at home with the same issues. I’m losing my mind! Our trainer calls her “Firecracker Finley”

  4. sherrytx says:

    How do you give the medicine to the dog?

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      Put in his mouth.

  5. Sherry says:

    Will these remedies work for a dog who insists on being leader of the pack at the expense of biting other dogs!? Thank you!

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      Only if its pathology. If its within the range of normal, it should not be treated.

      1. Sherry says:

        Ok, thank you!

  6. Elisa says:

    Speaking of rabies, I’ve heard that if you’ve had a bat in your bedroom while you were sleeping (like someone I know just did!), that you would be considered exposed to rabies and treated prophylactically for it. Would you ever recommend this protocol for humans?

  7. My cat became paralyzed on the right side after his rabies vaccine at 6months. The vet would not neuter without the shot. I treated him with Lyssin (30) 3 pills 2x a day and he was walking pretty normally after a few days of treatment, only limping occasionally. I discontinued the Lyssin, but now he also becomes very aggressive at times and beats up on his sister kitty very badly. He gets a wild look in his eyes like he’s feral..like “no one home”, and I’m sure it’s the vaccine residue. I throw a few lyssin pills down his throat when he gets aggressive like that and it seems to help.

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      You bet! Good job.

  8. Erin says:

    So would something like the Lyssin be appropriate for only the violent behavior? What about not wanting to eat or drink at all and some lethargy? 1st Rabies shot was this week – not sure if it’s related or not. hated to do it but it’s the law here too and we are out in the country surrounded by skunks and other wildlife known to possibly have rabies.

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      Lyssin covers post vaccine injury from rabies including lack of appetite.

  9. Stephanie says:

    Hi Joette, I have a dog who is one year old and has never had an meds or vaccines. I prefer to not give any. After reading this blog, I see that you had to vaccinate, but did it reluctantly. If you had the choice and were not under any bylaws, would you willingly vaccinate a dog? In your personal life, would you prefer to treat an animal should they become infected or prophylactically (I did buy lysin) or would the vaccine be you preferred method? I really appreciate this feedback as I am leaning on letting my beautiful sheep dog remain naturally raised.

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      My dog is a house dog, but when we lived in the country he ran around freely a couple of times per day. In doing so, I would not necessarily know if he had gotten bitten by a rabid animal, hence I couldn’t treat prophylactically after a bite. Some say that treating with homeopathy in advance, will protect against rabies, but since I have no experience with this and Rabies is so terribly dangerous to all, that I’m not willing to take a chance, so I reluctantly had him vaccinated once. Now, we live in an area where he’s solely on a leash, so I no longer have the same concern.

  10. Deborah says:

    Our dog started having seizures after The parvo or rabies. We’re not sure which one. We never felt safe to breed her. Shes such a good dog. Very sweet, but would love to be able to let her have pups. She doesn’t have them often and when she does we calm them with lavender oil. Is there help? We no longer vaccinate her.

  11. Judy says:

    So happy to have connected with you. I rescued a pit mix Male couple years ago. He has kept me busy & we love him dearly. Looking at taking your class, but would love to have some guidance on what to give Harley to decrease anxiety/excitability around other people; particularly other animals/pets.

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      I’ve written on this subject on my blog as well as on the net in general. Use your keywords and my name.

  12. John Gilligan says:

    Where do you recommend we get Lyssin ? It is not sold in the U.S. without approval from a vet . However its available on Amazon, says its from Urenus in UK .

    Do you sell it in kits ?

    thanks ,

    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      Helios in England.

      1. John says:

        Great Thanks so much !

        1. John says:

          My father used stramonium 200 for their dog first in water dish , then in food by mouth . I recommended and sent it to him for vaccinosis symptoms like barking at shadows and fear of shiny things . After taking in food , he says the dog barked in the middle of the night for a long time .

          Would this be considered an aggravation ?

          thanks ,

          1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

            If you’re talking about only 1 night but then returned to normal I’d call that an aggravation.

  13. John says:

    Yes that was it . But then returning to normal still has those issues…but they are afraid to use any more .

    And the Lyssin 200 did not bring a response but I think they only gave in water bowl last year.



    1. Joette Calabrese, HMC, CCH, RSHom(Na) says:

      I’m afraid I’d have to take the case to get more specifics. Too many unknown details.
      Having said that, a remedy in a water bowl will work but not if the dog drank from it many times in a day. That indeed could have been the cause.

      1. John says:

        Yes thanks I understand and appreciate the comments. They cannot do that so I do what i can to help

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