Juno arrived in Minnesota on Wednesday night with a wonderful smile on her face. This happy puppy came charging out of her crate to embrace this next phase of her life adventure with joy and kisses.
She visited the vet on Friday to be microchipped and was also diagnosed with Juvenile Demodicosis. This is a non-contagious skin condition that is caused by a normal skin mite. She is receiving medication and the itching already seems to be subsiding. She was a chill girl during her chipping and skin scraping, and just kept trying to kiss the vet. Juno takes her daily, oral medication like a champ. Juno weighed in at 20.3 lbs.
On Saturday she joined her sisters for a trip to her first Meet and Greet. Juno was a bit unsure of this new situation, but was a good girl and was happy to just watch events from the security of Foster Mom's lap. Juno has a wonderful temperament. She is very silly and playful and loves to chase balls. She doesn't retrieve (sorry folks, none of these girls have the retrieving gene) but spins and twirls and runs after the ball.
She likes to hang close to her people and to dog sisters and never stays out of sight for long. She is the muscle in the group, but is the first to climb into a bed or lap for a nap after a good play session. She loves to groom her sisters as she falls asleep: ears, paws, or whatever happens to be within reach. They are usually in some pile of limbs that looks quite uncomfortable. She keeps trying to curl up with my resident Golden.
Juno loves stuffed toys. She loves to chase after them if you will keep throwing them for her. (Note: she doesn't return any of them, so you need a good supply on hand if you are going to play this game for very long.) When left on her own with the stuffies she will tear them apart, so she needs to be supervised with the soft toys.
She is very food motivated and a faster eater. So I have to keep an eye on Juno because she always finishes her food first and starts looking in the other dogs' bowls. She sits nicely for treats and in anticipation of her food bowl.
Juno has not had any accidents in the house, but she has not yet provided me with any signals when she has to go outside. She is on a strict schedule and always goes when the other girls make a fuss to be let out in to the yard. She generally walks in a forward direction when she is on a leash and does not stop to play with the leash or pull against it.
This precious little Sato (Puerto Rican "street dog") is a huge cuddler and truly has a golden personality. Juno would like to be allowed on the sofa so she can fall asleep with her head in your lap, and I suspect she would also like to sleep in bed with her humans, but does fine in a crate overnight. And, in case you were wondering, she speaks English and not Spanish.
Juno's face says it all!