Clinical Cases

Revisiting: It’s A Dog’s Life!

Revisiting: It’s A Dog’s Life!. Elaine gives the answer to last month’s quiz!

To read last month’s full case quiz. Visit – It’s a Dog’s Life!





Kali iodatum




How did we do this time?  A lot of people got the right answer!  Who’s here first?

Hi Elaine,

Hey everybody, Vamsi’s in the house!!!!

Yup, another quiz and seems a tough one though…

Actually quizzes which involve animals are a tough try….

Animals and babies, they always give me anxiety!

But i am excited to try it out.

Read through the whole quiz and your most striking statement at the end..

“KIDNEYS: Slow but frequent emission of urine. Red urine with a white cloud or else which becomes turbid and deposits a red sediment.“
Urinary symptoms and red sand….. it “LYCOPODIUM”?

In fact as stated by James Tyler Kent…..

“It is slow to flow, and flows in a feeble stream. The urine is often muddy with brick dust, or red sand deposits, or on stirring it up it looks like the sediment of fermenting cider.

[Taciturnity, desires to be alone.

The taciturnity is because the patient does not want to talk, wants to keep silent, yet, as I have said already, very glad to feel there is somebody else in the house and that she is not alone. She is perfectly willing to remain in a little room by herself, so that she is practically alone, yet not in solitude. If there were two adjacent rooms in the house you would commonly find the Lycopodium patient goes into one and stays there, but very glad to have somebody in the other. ]”

I feel June is so much happier in solitude, and the urinary symptoms also go with Lycopodium…

Elaine, Please let me know. ..Awaiting for your wonderful educative mail as usual.

Ahem! Well, since you ask…….. As you might recall, I had an idea of what the dog’s constitution was, so I looked it up, and under the “kidneys” section of that remedy I found “red urine”.  I thought, “What a great confirmation!”  But I did not look up red urine in the repertory as my starting point!  I went by what the “mother” was telling me about her dog’s behavior.  In fact, the “mom” actually made it sooooo easy for me, I am really embarrassed to take credit for this victory!  She even volunteered that her husband referred to the dog as a “dumb blonde”!  What can I say?  He practically handed the remedy to me on a silver platter!  Then she said this kind of dog was bred to be at the side of royalty!  OMG!  So, we have a dog who thinks she’s better than everyone else!  Lycopodium has low self-esteem, the very opposite of what this dog has!  Lycopodium is deferential to people of a higher status, not this dog! This dog is bossy to everyone!  So, I have to tell you; immediately, this famous actress from the ’50’s and ’60’s came to mind.  Do you know who this Platinum Blonde is?


None other than Zsa-Zsa Gabor!  Zsa-Zsa is very regal, very materialistic–and note the blonde hair!  This woman is the poster-child for homeopathy’s “I’m-better-than-you-are” remedy:  Platina!  Platina is homeopathic Platinum, which is supposed to be more valuable than gold itself!  If any remedy equates with royalty, this is it!

The idea of a dog not running to greet visitors and not playing with the other dogs in the house and yet not shy either; plus, being so very bossy, is so peculiar that the remedy simply has to cover this aspect!   So, I looked up Platina, saw “red urine” and said, “Wow!”  



Yeah, I do agree the dog was bossy, but I felt she had a low self-esteem and was a bit timid,

Heavens no!  The dog is not timid!

for she was not meeting even known people.

Because she didn’t care about them!  “They should come greet ME!” is her attitude!

I felt this was due to her less self confidence in herself.

No, no, she just doesn’t care!  Why greet people when you’re better than they are?

If June was a bossy dog and if she was not interacting with others, due to her over-estimation of herself, then Platina would surely go for this.


I misunderstood her to be less confident. Sometimes people do get bossy due to less self confidence in themselves. Dont you think so ?????

Lycopodium, which lacks self-confidence, is bossy to underlings but deferential to peers and superiors.

But I have a query here, what about the physical symptoms, red sand in urine ???

“June” didn’t have red sand, she had red urine, presumably from blood.

Sometimes, I really get confused. What are the instances where we need to look at mental symptoms?

When they’re striking, peculiar, and clearer, more characteristic, than the local complaint.

And what are instances we need to look at physical symptoms?

When you see a clear remedy picture, like Rhus tox’s stiffness, better heat, better motion; Bryonia’s sharp pain, worse least motion; Apis’ insect bite with round swelling, stinging pain, worse heat, better cold; Phosphorus’ ailments from electricity or electric shock; Sulphur’s itching, worse bathing, worse heat, worse heat of the bed; Pulsatilla’s thirstlessness with fever, worse heat, warm bathing, warm rooms, better fresh air, better sympathy, cold applications and better consolation…. I could go on but hopefully you get the idea?

Here I was looking mainly at the physical symptom and her introverted nature.

But you can’t get a case from the physical symptoms!  There’s nothing peculiar or identifying there.  But, I’ve never seen a clearer constitutional picture in my life; or maybe the mom deserves all the credit for giving the right information.  And the dog’s not introverted, she’s aloof.  Go to Murphy’s Repertory and look up “Mind: aloof”.  There are only 7 remedies and Platina and Sepia are the main ones!



Oh!! yes…you are right. I read the case again and I see I misunderstood June.

I need to admit this ….you are a “Walking Homeo Encyclopedia” ….

Well, that accounts for all the extra weight I’m carrying!

Loved your explanation to the core.


Thanks a ton,



Hi Elaine!
Hope you are fine,

Maryam, where have you been?

The answer is Lycopodium, and I am sure I am right!  Her attitude is totally Lycopodium like she is “miss bossy”.

Yes, but here’s the thing, Maryam, Lycopodiums are very bossy–but never to their superiors!  You see, they are cowards; so, to underlings they are bossy; but a Lycopodium would never “bark” at the Lady of the House, maybe at the other dogs; but, to “bark” to her “owner”:  “Where’s my dinner?!  I want my dinner now!”  That would not be Lycopodium.  I see Lycopodium as acting extra-sweet to the owner, to curry favor, convincing her that Miss Lycopodium is a real sweetheart, while all the other animals in the house are terrified of her!  Kind of like that awful cat Lucifer in “Cinderella”!


And the remaining symptoms also call for it, especially the main complaint ie., red sand in urine as you diagnosed.

Well, I did say the urine was red; but, not necessarily from red sand. It was presumed that there was blood in the urine due to bladder stones.

She marks her territory, barks at new dogs, it means she doesn’t want any dog to lead her. And the interesting one is, she wants her master near to her but don’t show any affection as Lycopodium wants someone in the next room. Right?

Because they’re scared of being alone!  But Lycopodium doesn’t want to actually talk with that person because they’re so self-conscious!  Lycopodium’s unspoken fear is, “If people really knew me, they wouldn’t like me. I’m a big Nobody!  I put on a good act, but someone’s bound to see through it one of these days!”  They work very hard to achieve status and position so that their awards and degrees speak for them so they don’t have to!  They have a terrible fear of public speaking!  So, the idea is, you have to be nice to them and respect them because they are so “important”!  They never let anyone too close or keep relationships going too long because they’re afraid they’ll be found out for being “Nobody”.

OK, thanks!

Maryam from Pakistan.


Is the caller there?

Hi Elaine,

I know this remedy well!
I was given it once as an experiment and proved it for 10 days.

(that was ONE DROP of the LM19)


It was very funny, watching myself feeling all haughty, jokes that I would have usually enjoyed a lot, made me just think how ‘vulgar’ the jokers were.

I know just how that little dog feels: Real BIG!

That’s why she can bark at all the other dogs.

Heck, she’s even bigger than her owner…

Yes, she certainly is, to have her tell it!

And yes, I checked, the urinary symptoms are there too.

She’s just a little Platina queen, that one.

You are correct, madam! (You’re not still proving Platina, are you?  Because maybe I shouldn’t get too close!)

I appreciate you calling me ‘madam’, but just plain “Your Highness” will do…





Dr. B, do we have a prize for Her Royal Highness Eva and our other winners: Veronique, Maria, Anurag and Dr. Javier Chiriboga?

Yes, Elaine, I’ve arranged for a private audience with the Queen!


No way!!  This really is a high-class show! 

See you back here again next time for another resplendent Quiz !


Elaine Lewis, D.Hom., C.Hom.

Elaine takes online cases!  Write to her at [email protected], visit her website:

About the author

Elaine Lewis

Elaine Lewis

Elaine Lewis, D.Hom., C.Hom.
Elaine is a passionate homeopath, helping people offline as well as online. Contact her at [email protected]
Elaine is a graduate of Robin Murphy's Hahnemann Academy of North America and author of many articles on homeopathy including her monthly feature in the Hpathy ezine, "The Quiz". Visit her website at: and

Leave a Comment

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.