Eve had her first vet check recently. As a stray, she obviously did not come with vet records so we are starting from the beginning in terms of vaccinations. There were no abnormalities found during her physical examination. Her blood work and fecal sample were fine and she weighs 8.5 kg. It does appear that her heat cycle is just ending and thus we will wait 3 months before having her spayed.
Because of Eve's fear of being touched, I put her muzzle on her for the vet examination. We had been muzzle training for 2 weeks and Dr. Wozniak was very impressed that Eve put her face right into the mask and allowed me to clip it on. In fact, Eve is so good with the muzzle that her Halloween costume was a Mexican Wrestler. Her stage name was "The Angel" of course. I've included a photo of her in her costume below. She's pretty darn cute!
During our vet visit, I opened Eve's mouth so the vet could get a look at her teeth. They seem to be in good shape. However, a closer examination will be done when she goes in for her spaying.
She got her rabies vaccination at this visit. The vet also did a titer test to determine Eve's immunity for Distemper, Parvo etc. Results showed that she did not have an acceptable level of immunity. Thus Eve will be returning to the vet in 3 weeks to receive her DHPP vaccination.
Behaviourally, I've been mainly focused on the muzzle training and also letting Eve get comfortable with her new environment and neighbourhood. She is still a snuggle pug and loves to cuddle right up next to me any chance she gets! In the morning, she will come up, roll on her back, press her head into my chin and wait for the belly rub. It is now part of our daily good morning routine. The resident pug snores contentedly and ignores us. Once said resident pug is awake, she and Eve continue to get along quite well.
Eve continues to enjoy chasing her stuffy toys and running back to me with it to throw again. Outside on our walks, we mainly keep to ourselves and give Eve a chance to get familiar with her surroundings. She perks up when she sees a squirrel or another dog chasing a ball. If she is unsure of something, then she comes back to me, puts her paws up on my legs and looks directly at me for reassurance.
We have 3 months now to work on Eve's touch trigger. The fact that she is so comfortable with me petting her is an indication that I can get her comfortable with others petting her. We will work slow and steady, but I have confidence that Eve will learn quickly and will soon be enjoying pets from anyone who is offering!
As always, I will update everyone as we go!
Eve is a bright, energetic little female pug who is about 7 years old. She was initially brought to a shelter as a stray, but the shelter quickly realized that she would do best in foster care and thus contacted us. She came to us about a week ago and was severely underweight, not spayed and had at least one litter in the past.
In the shelter, Eve was reportedly fearful of being touched, but I have found Eve to be a most lovable pug. She was a little confused and fearful for the first few hours after arriving, but the same came be said of most new fosters. I did not approach her. Instead I allowed Eve to come to me, letting her have a good sniff and throughly investigate myself and her surroundings. Once she began to snuggle up against me and seemed comfortable, I began to make contact with her, giving her a treat whenever she responded positively.
Over the first 24 hours, Eve went from a fearful little girl to a petting sponge, absorbing up all the love she can get! She rolled over for belly rubs, fell asleep in my lap while being petted and snuggled up close next to me in bed. No indication of a fear of being touched. This behaviour and bonding has increased over the past week. Eve is now beside me all the time. On the walks, if she is unsure of something, she comes to me and looks right at me for reassurance. It's been wonderful watching her come out of her shell!
Although Eve has become comfortable with being touched by me, she will be seeing see the vet in a couple of weeks and I'm not sure how comfortable she will be with that experience at this point. I've been taking her in for visits to meet the staff and say "hi", however, for everyone's safety, I have been conditioning Eve to a pug-friendly muzzle. She is doing quite well and will wear it without any signs of fear or anxiety. Of course, there's always a treat waiting for her when I take it off!
I am also pleased with Eve's weight gain since she arrived in foster care. Her ribs are much less prominent now and when I'm getting her food bowl ready, she shakes with excitement.
Eve gets along splendidly with the resident pug. She has even initiated play! Eve enjoys chasing a stuffy toy and bringing it back to me to throw again.
Eve did not have any vet records because she was found as a stray, thus we will be starting from scratch. Her vet appointment is scheduled for November 6 and she will have a complete physical, blood wellness check, fecal test, rabies vaccination and check for a microchip. If all goes well, we will then schedule the spaying.
I'll provide an update after the vet visit.