Pickles has settled nicely into our home and is enjoying foster life. She loves her squeaky toys and going for walks. Pickles is a smart little cookie too and has learned how to sit and give a paw! In fact, she's learned them so well that she just wants to give a paw every time she sees a treat! Speaking of treats, her diet has been going well and she has lost a whopping 4 pounds! Just another 4 pounds to go and Pickles will be at her goal weight. Needless to say, we're thrilled with her progress and we think she is pretty happy about it too!
Recently, Pickles visited the vet for a check-up and her blood work results came back great! She did have a minor infection in her nose folds and ears, but that has since cleared up. She now tolerates daily wrinkle cleanings because she knows she is going to get a treat for doing so; such a smart girl. The vet had noticed that some of Pickles' teeth were crowded and loose and that she had moderate plaque build up. A full dental cleaning was done this week along with some tooth extractions, but Pickles is recovering well. She has to eat soft canned food for two weeks, but Pickles isn't complaining as she goes nuts for it! Her breath is no longer stinky too, which is a bonus for us!
During the dental cleaning, Pickles also received her microchip and had a small cyst removed. We had noticed that Pickles' often bunny-hopped during walks and it turns out she has moderate arthritis in her hips, according to an x ray. Pickles will start on some joint supplements and will likely continue to improve as she loses more weight.
In the behaviour department, we are slowly working on her fear of new people and other dogs. Treats are coming in handy during walks so that she doesn't start barking and guarding. In addition, she gets lots of treats when new people come into our home. It takes some time for Pickles to trust new people, but once she doesn't think you're a "pug burglar," she will give you an occasional little kiss and want you to pet her forever!
It'll be a little while yet before Pickles will be ready for her forever home, but once she finds that special family, we have no doubt that they will love her just as much as we do!
Pickles came into our household one week ago. At the first, she was apprehensive about the change in environment and her new foster family. Thankfully, with treats and attention, she quickly turned around that day and her personality started to show. Once she trusted us, she let us into her quirky behaviours and lovable personality. Pickles is one to follow you around, panting and staring and wanting to be pet. She loves her squeaky toys, often wanting to play fetch and tug of war. She spins in circles when she is excited, for things such as food, walks, and simply greeting you. She is a heavier set gal, so day one was the first day of her new lean diet. She loves the green bean addition to her food, and we've already noticed her starting to slim down. She is adjusting to her new treats as well, which are cucumbers, carrots, apples and lean dehydrated chicken breast. She celebrated her sixth birthday in our household with a refreshing bath, and cleaning of her ears and folds. Although she's not a fan of daily hygiene cleaning, with a treat it's easier. She is great to walk, though she does enjoy barking at people and dogs. She is getting four walks a day which she enjoys at her own pace. Pickles has an upcoming vet visit scheduled to see how to see how she is doing at her young age of six. Stayed tuned for the results of that visit.