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  • Birthday 10/28/1962

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    Upstate NY USA
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  1. So, I wanted to update folks a bit again. Abbie is really eating well now, she likes Lamb Pate and eats plenty of kibble as well as some chunk meats. She is also riding consistently now with no signs of carsickness, and actually seems to enjoy the ride! She rides with my lab, and rides alone too, as long as she has her bed in the truck to lay on. She fits in perfectly here now, takes part in all training and play sessions and is outgoing and engages strange people and strange dogs alike. She is even learning basic commands well. This dog is turning out to be a very sweet and affectionate lil' girl, with much yet to offer. I'm now concidering her as a companion when the Lab and I visit hospitals and nursing homes (Sadie and I do this once a month, and she is certified). I haven't brought her into the program yet, but am teaching her the basics of interaction. There's still room for improvement, but it's a lot of progress from just a few months ago.
  2. If the dog is genuinely underweight, which I don't think yours is, talk to your Vet first to eliminate medical reasons. Abbie, my little girl, was only 18 lbs when I rescued her at 9 months. The Vet cleared her medically, and then recommended baby food mixed with her kibble to increase weight and get her eating. After a month of that, she gained to 30 lbs. Now, though still a picky eater of wet food, she readily eats kibble and some raw foods (my feeding method for decades), and occasionally steals canned food from my lab (who's a bit overweight, so though I work to stop this, it doesn't threaten). Abbie has maintained 30 lbs for 2 months now on her diet. BTW, the lab gets canned food as she consistently refuses raw. I'm still working on that...
  3. I mis-typed. Should read she lived "to 17 years", not "another 7 years"
  4. One of my last two, Shadow who was also born blind, had a murmur. It was a watch it type of thing that never did progress beyond that. It was diagnosed when she was 6, about the same time she went into treatment for cancer in her liver, and with both against her, she lived a happy, entertaining 7 years beyond that with no drop in physical activity due to the murmur. (She did have about a year of slow-down due to the cancer, but resumed her normal after that.) I hope the best for yours, and for clean re-checks.
  5. Very nice pair. Thanks for rescuing them and giving them a well deserved second chance.
  6. Beautiful dog. My last two were tri's. Love the coloring.
  7. Just an update. We're sitting in the truck now with it running and no longer shying of it, nor is she getting violent reactions to just going near the truck. We're still taking it slow though... She's eating great now btw. She just doesn't want soft foods, though she'll eat more chunky meat foods readily and devoures her kibble and the occasional treat. She's really fit in here now, and is a great little girl. Even my Lab loves her.
  8. Yes, handsome dog. Retrieving isn't always in the blood so to speak, but can indeed be taught. I've had a few over the years that were not retrievers naturally, and except for one, who was born blind, they all learned to love the game.
  9. I have used Frontline for years with good results.
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