To know her, is to love her.
It’s been quite a few weeks since I have posted a blog, for that I apologize. It’s been a little hectic in our personal lives. But today, at a day past the two month mark since we’ve had Carina, it’s time to update you on her progress and share more about her, for her true personality is really beginning to shine.
So here we are, 8 weeks and 1 day into our foster adventure with Carina. She has made it through her pre-treatment (a month of oral antibiotics). Then on November 28th she went in for her first set of heartworm shots. We were hoping she’d only need 2 injections of these painful shots, but unfortunately the vet felt she will need a second set. So in a few weeks she will go in for another set of shots. She is handling the treatment quite well so far. With the help of the Plankton Fund from Friends of the Cleveland Kennel, she's on her way to health. Fingers crossed the second set goes just as well. She also is being treated for allergic bronchitis. So this little sweetie cannot be feeling well, but she certainly doesn’t show it! Kisses and a wagging tail all day long!
So now that you are updated on her medical progress, here is the cute, fun stuff. I now officially label Carina a “Velcro dog”. Her humans are her everything. She can’t stand being alone. At your side she will always be!! (Even after given a bath which she does not like). She hates the hair dryer even more!! Twice now after a bath I’ve tried (on low, warm setting), to dry her off with the blow dryer. Denied. She gets a scrunched up look on her face and wants to attack! Same goes for the vacuum. Those two items are her nemeses!
Carina’s favorite toy is her wishbone shaped chew bone and she has recently learned how to use a “treat ball”. It was fun watching her learn what it does and how to do it. Within about 15minutes she was a pro! Nudging with her nose, rolling it around everywhere and obviously loving the trail of treats it left behind!
When it comes to her meals, she will HOP for food. We keep her activity very limited but when she sees that food bowl heading down to her eating area, she hops and hops and hops! She is even more excited now that I have added coconut oil to her meals. I’m a firm believer in coconut oil for dogs. I’ve seen it help our dog Tilly in many ways. Wasn’t sure If Carina would take to it, but she loves it!! What she doesn’t not like are pretzels, ice cubes OR French fries! I can’t believe she doesn’t like French fries!
I want to highlight that Carina is a very good listener. She does well with the command “sit” (even though sometimes she lays instead of sitting), she is surprisingly very good at the “stay” command. I was surprised since she hates being more than 2 feet away from our side! The crate is still a work in progress. She just really hates to be left alone. Some VERY interesting noises have come out of her while inside that crate. Deep, low grunts. Along with those noise there is some howling. She has done a few times in the backyard. It leads me to believe she has some hound in her! I’m no DNA kit but I’ve heard hound dogs. And Carina releases noises that sound just like a good ol hound dog! Plus the droopy eyes. If I were to take a guess, I would say Carina is a pointer/hound/pit mix. (Just my guess after watching her mannerisms and personality).
One last thing about sweet Carina. She is a very attentive dog. Watches EVERYTHING you do. Even if she is napping and you make a slight movement or sound, she will pick her head up for a swift 5 seconds (just to see what you’re doing), then her head goes right back down and back to sleep. Little things like that I find so cute!
So that’s all I have for you now. I hope you enjoyed learning a bit more about her personality and her funny ways. She has her head resting on my leg now and asking for nap time. I can’t resist! If I don’t write before, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!!
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