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More good news for Sophie (and some pics!)

I am SO very happy with Sophie's progress with her IBD! She's had 3 big tests here lately with the stress side of things. She and Athena went to two short photo shoots with me, first time in many months we got to do this. First one she did get very stressed and I came back to a shaking, panting crying girl. BUT the great news was that she did not get sick the next day which was a first!

2nd earlier this week another shoot locally, of bird dogs for a painting I'm doing. I barricaded her and Athena in the van and left the sliding door open as I was only a few yards away taking photos and thought she would be more relaxed to see me without glass between us. Suddenly I turn to see a black blur headed right toward me little stinker had to crawl UP the really tall ex pen in the van and jump out! I wouldn't have thought it was possible I don't know how she didn't break something. Thankfully I had treats on me so when she got to me I scooped her up and showered her with treats and praise for coming to me and not taking off to explore! So now am working on fort knoxing the van so that never happens again. Good news in this is she didn't get sick from this either!

The biggest test was last night. We have not gotten to have her BFF havanese playmates over for months now, she always gets sick. In fact the last time their owners came by themselves without the dogs to say hi and Sophie loved it but was sick after they left. Since she's been doing so much better decided to have them come over and see what happens. I didn't let her play totally wild like she wanted but she did play and was so happy and all four of them had a ball with our photo shoot. I was so sure that this mornign she'd be out eating grass and miserable but she didn't get sick at ALL. She went out to potty, then came bouncing back in the house with Athena and wanted me to throw her ball and eat her breakfast. I was standing in the yard watching her in my cheetah print robe with tears running down my face. LOL. (yes in plain view of the neighbors window over our 6 ft fence.)

That was huge. I couldn't be happier with that. Still will take it very slow and hope no setbacks but first time I've really felt we might be able to get a somewhat normal life back after being pretty much housebound for since last summer.

She and Athena have bonded so much it's been fun to see such an abused dog for all her life, learning how to be a dog and have fun. Sophie has been instrumental in showing her how fun it is to play with stuff.

Here are some of the photos from last night. Super fun. The black guy is Owen, 9 months old. Sable is May who is just a couple of weeks younger than Sophie (Sophie will be 2 on Wednesday!!!! AAHH going way too fast).

The third one is my favorite, Sophie showing Owen her moves.
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That last pic took a while I had 2 helpers and we always keep things happy and fun and short. So there was a lot of one dog deciding to jump down and explore, etc etc. We were rolling. Finally got it by hooking a couple together and a leash going off the back!
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And how jealous am I, Owen's coat does NOT mat. Have you ever heard of a havanese coat that doesn't mat? She doesn't even brush him! He is trimmed at the groomer but his coat is as long as Sophie's and she mats like crazy. He reminds me of a mini Portuguese Water Dog.
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I love all the pictures and it is great to hear that Sophie is doing so well!
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I'm SOOOO happy to hear how well Sophie is doing. Sound like you might be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel! The photos are, as usual, adorable. When I saw the first one, though, I was a little confused. Where's Sophie? She doesn't have white around her neck!?! Then I realized it was feathers, not fur!

After Pixel as spayed, I had to go out of the house to do an errand, and confined her in the ex-pen to make sure she rested. She has NEVER challenged the ex-pen, but whn I got home... no Pixel!!! After a moment of total panic, I started calling and searching the house for her. Still no Pixel. Finally I found her plastered to the back of Kodi's crate in our bedroom upstairs. Poor little thing, I think she was still so stressed and uncomfortable from the surgery, that me leaving was the last straw, and she just left, no matter how much pain climbing out caused. I felt SOOO bad, and I also had a heart attack wondering whether she had damaged something inside. After that, until she was TOTALLY recovered, I didn't leave her alone unless she was safely locked in her crate, and I only did that in emergencies.
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I'm so happy to hear Sophie is feeling better. I think of you all often. I just love her pictures.

It's do nice to see Sophie with her friends. Which one is Athena?

Keep posting pictures. Just love seeing her!😍
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And how jealous am I, Owen's coat does NOT mat. Have you ever heard of a havanese coat that doesn't mat? She doesn't even brush him! He is trimmed at the groomer but his coat is as long as Sophie's and she mats like crazy. He reminds me of a mini Portuguese Water Dog.
Well, part of it may be that he is still too young to have started blowing coat... none of mine started until between 10-12 months. Until then they were ALL easy peasy. She also has him in a shorter coat, which helps.

Kodi matted a lot while he was blowing coat, but not before or after. Pixel has a very vine, downy coat that looks a lot like Sophie's. She matted badly enough while she was blowing coat that I gave up and cut her down. Even then, she needed regular combing for a long time. In the last couple of months, she hasn't had ANy mats, and I just run a comb through her before we go somewhere so she looks nice. So maybe Sophie will get there too.

Panda was the easiest of any of mine. She didn't mat AT ALL until she was about a year, and even during her blowing coat period, any mats she gets are easy to comb out with a spritz of Ice on Ice.

They are all so different!
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Dee Dee I am super happy for you and Sophie, that is just the best news. I understand the tears of happiness, you two have been through a lot. That is just so great. The pics are so darn cute. Sophie is as photogenic as always and the other pups are no slouches themselves.
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so good to hear this Dee Dee. Koodos and hugs.
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Dee Dee and am so, so happy to hear all your good news! Love the photos too. I just don't know how you can get all these dogs to pose together like that! So precious. I love Atena too. She is just a cutie patootie!
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