Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Baby It's Cold Outside

Minnesotans were hit with the biggest snowstorm in two years on Sunday. It looks pretty and we desperately need the moisture but poor Katie was freezing her buns off pottying. I made it a priority to keep her area on the patio clear so she didn't have to do her business in the snow. Oh the things we do for our (foster) pups :)

Katie's winter potty area off of the sliding glass doors

I shoveled a large circle around the shed for Lucy, my Weimaraner
Katie lured out by treats
Katie is too cute!

You can see in the second and third pictures the potty pads I have down for Katie. She has a choice between using those or going outside. Katie is great with her potty habits and has an iron bladder for such a tiny dog. Everyday Katie learns to trust and has blossomed so much in a relatively short time. We have no idea what she endured in the past, only that is was not a good life. But her ability to learn how to be loved and live life beautifully, one day at a time, is proof of her indomitable spirit. It is a privilege to foster and spoil Katie.

Friday, December 7, 2012

6 Months

We have been fostering Katie for 6 months and she has settled in very well.  She enjoys being spoiled and has become a little Diva.

For those who have been following the blog or facebook, you know that Katie had a rough September and October with protein loss and fluid build up. Thankfully, she has stabilized on prednisone and is doing really well. We're still tapering her prednisone dose and hope she'll either be on a very low dose or off of it completely. Tapering takes a long time so we won't know for awhile.

Katie has perfect potty habits. She sleeps the whole night through without needing to go out and holds it for 3-4 hours during the day. When I leave she uses her potty pad consistently.
Katie is wonderful with all aspects of grooming; she doesn't like it but will patiently stay still for whatever needs to be done. Katie still doesn't like to be picked up, but is fine with it. She's not a cuddler but is fine with being held. Katie always wants to be near and sometimes likes to hang out between my husband and me. Katie loves to stand up on us and get petted and does this all day long (she especially loves her eyes, head and back rubbed), sometimes she'll even give kisses!

Katie gets along wonderfully with our Weimaraner Lucy and they like to share dog beds, especially when I leave the house. Katie is a calm dog and her biggest passion is eating and napping. When it's time for feeding she gets vocal and excited, food is the only thing that makes her bark. I finally taught Katie to do down our flight of stairs but she usually needs treats to tempt her. She has been going up the stairs on her own for months. Our project for the next month is to try simple obedience training.

Katie is a beautiful IG and so easy to care for. Her adorable paintbrush tail goes all day long and is happy to be living the good life. With every passing week she continues to blossom. She would make a wonderful addition to any family. Are you that forever family?

Here is Katie in her 'Babushka' look. She is just too cute!