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Susie lost her sister

November 12th 2010 7:11 am
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Susie's sister Honey died peacefully on November 7. She was 14 years and 10 months old. Susie and her human both miss her badly.


Susie is heartworm negative!

September 25th 2010 7:11 am
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The test, 6 months after the treatment came back today and Susie is heartworm negative!


Playing with Rocco

September 5th 2010 9:23 am
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This was the most joyful ever short hike with Susie. The friend of mine visited me with her 8yo boxer Rocco. Both dogs were friendly and interested in each other but did not really play when in my backyard till we all went on the walk in the woods. Susie really went crazy with joy: jumping in and out of the muddy stream, alternating laying in wait and pouncing on Rocco, running in circles and jumping back and forth over the fallen tree trunks. I never know what triggers her behaviour. Only a couple weeks of weeks ago I went on the similar walk with my daughter and her 2 goldens. The goldens played but Susie was doing what my daughter described as a "death march": walking a step behind me with her head and tail down all the way. Most her off leash behaviour is somewhere between these two. Hoping for the next trip like this!


We passed!

August 29th 2010 12:59 pm
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Today, after 8 classes and two remedial lessons ( thank you Pack of Paws!) we successfully passed the test to become Delta Society Therapy Partners team. Susie did sit, down and stay like a pro, walked thru the crowd of noisy people, ignored dropped toy, walked quietly by the other dog and cheerfully accepted being petted, hugged and brushed by several people. We will get necessary papers in couple of weeks and then will try to connect with some establishment that accepts therapy dogs. Ideally I would like to have her participate in physical therapy since she loves being touched and petted most of all.


Our first visit to the nursing home

August 6th 2010 7:24 pm
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We are half way through the training for the therapy dogs and yesterday we visited the nursing home for the first time. Susie was wonderful -not scared of the wheelchairs and all the other obstacles, eager to be petted but not "in your face" when not encouraged, walking nicely by my side, sitting on command etc. Later my instructor said:"This one is a natural". I am one very proud human!


Susie is playing ( posted earlier in Honey's diary by- mistake)

May 22nd 2010 5:23 am
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I was taking Susie to the unofficial dog park (big field behind the radio towers) almost every day and she was playing with other dogs as if she were a 6 months old puppy. When I first saw her laying in wait for another dog, running towards it and jumping around I almost cried. This is the dog who was severely abused ( see the previous entry) and even after she came to me 2 months ago was still scared of people.One accident I'll never forget: I was working in the garden and Susie was staying near me cautiously investigating her surroundings. Then I picked up the garden fork and Susie run home. I found her an hour later hiding in the closet -it took several treats to convince her to get out of it. And now she seemingly forgot all of it and is the dog she was meant to be: happy, playful, affectionate and not always obedient.


Susie discovered her inner hunting dog!

May 21st 2010 2:26 pm
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Today on the walk in the woods my couch potato, never farther then 5 steps away, obedient Susie saw the rabbit sitting on the path. They both froze, then the rabbit run into the dense bush and Susie went after him. She was oblivious to my calls and I was really scared that she will get lost. Ten minutes later she reluctantly emerged from the other side of the trail looking very dissapointed. Needless to say no more off leash walks for my "formerly perfect" pup!



May 21st 2010 8:12 am
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I splurged on the Mars Wisdom Panel DNA test and got the results today. According to them Susie's significant breed (50%) is labrador retriever and intermediate (25%) beagle. I can see some of the lab physical and mental traits in her but, she is the most un-beagle like pup I ever met. Does not matter- she is truly the best, but to think how many treats and toys I could buy her for the money I spent on this test!


What Susie went through

April 8th 2010 11:48 am
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Yesterday I got this email from the woman who rescued Susie in Tennessee:
I'm also very happy to hear that she is not afraid of everything in life anymore. If you could have seen her here when I found her you would understand why I was so worried. When I walked out my door into my carport she was on a blanket with her had covered up and extremely thin with a round huge belly and not moving at all. At first I didn't even think she had a head on her since there was blood on the blanket and I lifted the blanket and she had a torn ear and that was where the blood came from and her entire face had wounds on it like somebody kept stabbing her in the face with a fork. That is the white hair on her muzzle that was all the wounds. She wouldn't walk or anything. I carried her and the blanket into my laundry room and she wouldn't eat or do anything for 3 days and then on the fourth day she had her pups. I couldn't get near her or them, she would try to bite me but by the fourth day of that she was ok with letting me look at them but I couldn't touch them. A week later she was ready to go outside and walk around and that was when I realized how damaged she was from the trauma. Then she kept getting stronger and really showing that she was a very nice dog.


Feeling better

March 27th 2010 1:10 pm
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Susie is feeling much better. She saw the vet yesterday.She lost some weight and is still coughing a little but otherwise seems to be OK. I had a friend visiting today and Susie acted like a perfect dog - wagged her tail,came close to be petted and then retired to her bed.

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