Being busy I didn't have much time to check the forum lately, but I thought it was time for an update :-). And I have been missing you all :-)
Sasha is already 4 months and 1 week old, and she is growing nicely. Her current weight is 3.8 kg = 8.4 lbs. She is one crazy thing, but luckily I can inform you that she is slowly becoming more normal lol. She still harass Fedja whenever possible
, but not so often like in the beginning. She is one big copycat, what ever Fedja is doing she has to do it, if he takes some bone she must have it, his toy must become hers, if I hug with Fedja she tries to come between us and so on lol. And she is one big drama queen! I'm trying to comb her regularly just to get her used to it, but she then makes such a noises one would think I'm killing her, and I know it can't be painful. She doesn't have a single knot in her coat yet, so there's no reason for such a drama. I'm thinking of buying a small grooming table because of her trying to get away the whole time.
Her coat s still changing and I'm beginning to think that she won't stay black at all! There's clear mahogany (brownish/red) cast in her black coat which is becoming more and more visible every day. I don't know how obvious it is in her pictures? When you look from the distance you would say she is black, but when she stand next to Fedja you can see that he is much more black than she is. I'm really curious what's she is up to. Will she in the end be silver, or perhaps havana brown (both colors are to be found in her pedigree, and her father is a chocolate). I know one other black dog from choco parent who went from black to havana brown, and the color I see in that dog is exactly the color in Sasha's coat. Take a look here: http://www.felici-animali.be/PdC_en_itala.htm
Sasha is finally beginning to learn that she must do her thing outside. We just had a 3 full days and nights without a single accident! She will still do it in house if I don't catch her signals on time, but she knows that outside is a place to be. I'm feeling confident that she will be potty trained very soon.
About Fedja...I wrote a few emails weeks ago to Jean Dodds about his hypothyroidism , and every time I got the answer from her the very same day! She is absolutely fantastic! Fedja's diagnosis was made based on T4 and TSH test results only (T4 being low, as wel as TSH which has to be high in case of hypothyroidism, but TSH is not a reliable test b/c sometimes even with a low TSH dog can still be hypo...so the results where inconclusive) , and a T4 alone is inadequate to diagnose hypothyroidism for certain. I never felt confident about the whole situation. What if there's something secondary going on causing low T4, in which case the true disease is not being properly treated? On the other hand if he is really hypothyroid I would be putting his body on unnecessary stress stopping with his meds. Pffff...it's been very hard.
So in the end I found the courage to stop with his medication (minimum time of 6 weeks required before the meds are out of his system) and send his blood to Dr. Dodds. It's been over 7 weeks now, and yesterday we went to the vet to take some blood samples that will be sent next Monday to Hemopet to perform complete Thyroid Profile 5 test. Hoping to get the results soon.
Fedja is doing fine without medication! Playing, running, eating...nothing about him changed, so I guess that's a good thing! Unfortunately that still doesn't mean that he is not hypothyroid, sometimes it can take months after discontinuing meds before one can see some clinical signs of the disease, so I just have to wait for the results. But it is good thing he is doing so well, otherwise it would have been hard to wait out those 6 weeks before testing him.
I have to walk the doggies now, so...that's it for the moment
Good day all!