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.