Well, Ginny has been back with us for a couple of days now, so time for an update. I took her along to be weighed on Friday and incredibly she hasn't put any weight on this week even though she looks so much better. Not sure what to make of that! She was a bit braver at the vets this time though and didn't growl at the other dog in the waiting room. She still wasn't "fat" enough to be given her vaccs, never mind microchip. She only weighs 12.5 kilos and needs to be at least 14 before she can be vac'd. Around the house, the whining when I leave the room has now stopped, and she seems more relaxed. However, and this is a pretty big however, she is now showing just how important her food is to her, and the lengths she will go to to protect it. Given the state she is in, her reactions are I think perfectly understandable, but we are having to be very, very careful how we manage food. I hope that as time goes on, and she starts to realise food is always there for her, it will become less of an issue for her. But I don't want to sound too depressing- she is still one gorgeous girl with a happy waggy tail with a whole lot of love to give I'll get some more photos of her tomorrow so you can see how good she's looking!
Ginny was a bit of a star today. It was our first day back at work/school, so she was left without human company this morning. I was a bit worried about what I might find when I got back (I think I'm a born pessimist!) but what I came home to were 3 sleeping dogs. ;D
This afternoon Ginny celebrated having me home by going completely bonkers, running around like a mad thing. Katie's slippers and a cuddly toy were involved in proceedings too.......I think she's starting to enjoy herself
Hi Jayne - I have Hayley I am sure with patience you will win. They are difficult cases, but with love and understanding we will get them better. I see you have other dogs and this has really helped Hayley - being with Sam and Bonnie. Hayley goes bonkers - dashing through the house like a looney. The food thing is difficult, but Hayley is getting better daily. Please keep in touch. If it wasn't for you collecting them from the kennels I wouldn't have Hayley now. Joy
Ginny has now started playing with toys - her favourite is the gigantic tennis ball we have out in the garden. Percy tried to get her to play with him today, offering her a toy to tug with him. She wasn't too sure what to do, so chased him for a bit then looked as if she felt a bit foolish and stopped I'm sure they'll get there!
Hi Jayne - I think the other dogs help them so much - even if it is telling them off sometimes. Sam had showed Hayley how to dig deep holes in my borders. I am not impressed and had a big shout at both of them.
Ginny has put on 2kg in the past week ;D She is now able to have her vaccs, which means I can get her out and about, and hopefully less scared of the big wide world.
She and Percy have becaome good friends and have spent the day playing almost non-stop. Ginny has finally got the hang of "tug" as well as "chase me through the flowerbeds, Mum won't mind" and "you eat my throat, I'll eat yours", all of which are Percy's favourite games.
During the day, she is happy to go off with Percy, or have a lie down in the sun, but evenings are always spent cuddling up on someone's lap. I worried at first it might make her too needy of human contact, but as she's OK during the day I'm letting her do it as she loves it so much.
As for food, she sits with you while you're eating for a minute or so, but soon gives up and wanders away. She is still protective of her own food, but that's to be expected really given the state she was in. She still only weighs 14.5 kg, which isn't a lot for a 21" dog.....
Due to my computer issues, is there anyone who could post some photos of her please if I e-mail them to you?
Great photos Jayne, Ginny looks SO much better and clearly loves the cuddles! ;D It's wonderful to hear that she is putting on some weight and can now have her vaccinations. Brilliant too that she is beginning to learn how to play
You are all doing an amazing job with this very special little girl
Please pass on some ear ruffles and tummy rubs from me please
Thank you Audrey for putting the photos on so quickly. I'm not sure Katie's going to be too impressed when she sees them (!) but hopefully they give some indication of how much better Ginny is looking, and how she loves her humans.
She's still on 4 meals a day, with each meal made up of a combination of high energy prescription tinned food, puppy food and high energy Burns. The tinned stuff has just run out, so it'll be the rest of the puppy food and an increasing proportion of the Burns from now on. She's going to the vets for her vaccs on Monday, so we'll see about going down to 3 meals. She'll not be impressed at that! I wonder why Casa hasn't put any on? She looked full of beans when I was lucky enough to meet her, so that's a good sign at least.