Probably the biggest event this past month was that Tracy was adopted by a wonderful family. Unfortunately, a member of the family was allergic and she was returned to us. Even though we were all heartbroken this did not work out, we did learn more about her interaction with children and cats.
She met children from ages 19 months to 7 years and was very good with them, but children in her adoptive home will need to be at least 10 years old. Tracy was also introduced to the cat in the home and barked but nothing else happened. I’d say that’s a good cat test and Tracy could certainly live with a dog-savvy cat.
Tracy is very much a people pleaser. She would be happy to spend her days sitting right next to you with your hand resting on her head. We do not allow free roam while we’re at work, but I would definitely consider her housetrained. She will even wake me up during the night, usually around 3:00 AM, because she needs to go potty.
We have developed this routine: she wakes me up, I let her outside, she comes right back in and sits by the refrigerator to wait for a slice of cheese before we go back to bed. Tracy is very quick to learn our routines. She knows exactly where she is supposed to be for meal time and hops backwards until she gets to her spot.
Tracy has also learned that before the humans start their supper the dogs get a small treat. As soon as our plates are ready she is headed to the laundry room to get her treat. She really is very smart and quick to learn.
Tracy has become the mighty hunter. A nest of baby birds fell out of a tree and she decided to pick one of the babies up and bring it inside to show us. Foster Mom was not very happy but Tracy was sure proud of herself.
She has also decided it’s more fun chasing bunnies than staring at them through the sliding glass door. You can find her with her nose to the ground searching for those pesky bunnies. Foster Dad is glad for any help he can get to keep the bunnies out of the garden.
I do not believe Tracy requires a fence, but through trial and error we have figured out she cannot and will not potty while on a leash. When I took Tracy in for a recheck of her recent UTI I talked with our vet about my suspicions. We both agreed Tracy is the type of dog that requires a certain amount of privacy when she goes potty and cannot be held on a leash.
While she was with them for the day they put this theory to a test. Every half hour they took Tracy out by leash to potty. Even though her bladder was full, she would not go potty. As soon as they let her out into a fenced area she immediately went.
All of Tracy’s testing came back wonderful, except her alkaline level was .5 higher than normal. She is not in a danger zone, but we don’t want it to go any higher or she could run the risk of developing crystals.
Our vet recommended putting Tracy on a prescription U/D diet but we didn’t want the extra calories so decided on W/D prescription food, which has the same urinary benefits without all the calories. You may even notice Tracy is sporting a slimmer figure. The staff loved having Tracy with them for the day and didn’t want to see her leave.
When we are working in the yard we like to have a pail of cold water with ice cubes available for the dogs. Tracy wasn’t too sure about the ice floating in her water bucket but quickly overcame this new obstacle and dove in head first.