I guess sometimes when you see a dog every day, you don’t realize the changes over time. A new foster dog came to our home last night (Ernie 06-464 – you can see him on his webpage), and watching and comparing the two, I realized how really far our beautiful little Piper has come. Ernie is a very shy, scared dog that will take a while to adjust to our home. Piper, in contrast, has adjusted and now is a happy-go-lucky girl. She loves to go for our morning walks, comes up to us now for her chest to get scratched, entertains herself with her stuffed animals and throws the tennis ball up and in front of herself, then pounces on it and does it again. We grin from ear to ear watching her have so much fun. Piper loves all people and all animals. She’s a little frustrated because Ernie won’t play with her yet, so she barks at him to try to discuss the problem. She’ll get him to come around eventually. We are guessing Piper’s age at just over 1 year old. She loves to dogplay, and when there’s no dog to play with, she might decide that you are the doggy for her, but she’s improving on that. She loves to run and play with toys and yet settles nicely in the house after playtime. Her favorite spot now is on the couch next to you in the evening while you watch tv.
As far as her medical and bathroom problems, she is down to only ¼ tab of Phenobarb per day for one more week, then no more Phenobarb. She has had no seizures as we have weaned her off the drug properly this time. Her excessive thirst and urination has subsided considerably now that she’s getting off the Phenobarb. She’s become quite easy and delightful to have as a houseguest. We love this petite, sweet girl and you will too.