March 16th 2008 8:27 pm
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It's been so busy and fun here that I can hardly believe it's been one month already!
You'll be pleased to know that my coat has almost entirely regrown. I do still have thin spots, but no bald spots! The pressure callouses on my hiney are completely gone, and my front feet are actually starting to develop a normal curve in the toes.
I get to go to a dog park every weekend with brother Angus. It's so much fun to meet new friends and there are always lots of dogs who like to play. Today we met another Dane named Angus who is actually grumpier than our Angus. Imagine that! My new friends Dora and Lotus met us at the park today and we played for two hours. I'm still pretty tired from that and might sleep a little extra over the next few days.
Last week I had to go back to see my doctor because I had an overgrowth of icky bacteria in my intestines and couldn't stop pooping and vomiting. It was an unpleasant experience but I did get extra attention and even better tasting food! Mmmmm.
It still surprises me that most people we meet already know about me. My new family is kinda famous in a dog sort of way and it's neat that so many people are excited to meet me. I'm going to need a calendar with more space because I have so many dates to pencil in!
Rhys has settled nicely with our family and aside from his yet unrefined manners can pass for a normal, well-nourished dog. He is no longer scabby, flakey, or greasy, and his scars are covered with hair. We expected this type of progress after three months; to see this little darling blossom after five weeks (earlier, actually) is incredible.
Rhys will forever have some special needs. He appears to be allergic to poultry (chicken and turkey) and sensitive to beef. His digestive system is still delicate and recovering from months of poor quality food, so we have to be extremely careful. Although his front paws are regaining some shape (Dane feet should be compact and domed, like cat feet), it is entirely possible that he will suffer long-term damage from his malnutrition. In the meantime, he absolutely charms both man and dog. It is difficult to explain how such a loving creature was ever routinely neglected and abused.
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