It was a beautiful sunny Saturday that included another visit to the vet. This time it was for Sheba and Todd. With the exception of Sheba's really bad ear infection, both dog's are healthy. There's no doubt that Sheba and Todd share a connection to one another. Todd always tries to get her to play with him, and while she does, at almost 8 years old her interest in a game of chase doesn't last as long as Todd's does. But yesterday I witnessed something that I've never seen before between my dogs. Todd took his exam all in stride and there wasn't a single objection to the good once over or a vaccine he received. But when the vet looked into Sheba's sore ear and she whined, Todd suddenly became protective of Sheba and started barking at vet and put himself between the two of them. I quieted Todd, but when it happened again, it was decided to do the exam in another room. Todd is a very territorial dog when it comes to defending his home turf, I just had no idea it extended to his pack mates too. The relationship dogs within a pack have with one another never ceases to amaze or interest me.
On the flip-side there is of course Cissy. Your continued good thoughts for her are truly making a difference, and it means a lot! As you may well have guessed, there was a really big concern early on that Cissy's diagnosis was going to be one that she could not recover from, or one that was contagious to our dogs. Thankfully each of those illnesses have finally been ruled out. However there is no doubt that Cissy has a long way to go to become fully healthy again. Her energy level is low, and she's still sleeping a lot of the time. But there has been a bit of an increase in her appetite, and yesterday she spent a little time outside meeting our crew and soaking up the warm sun. I'm taking all those things as a good sign.