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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeAug 11th, 2016 5:50pm (Aug 11th 2016)
     
    That is a cool coat!!!

    I wouldn't say 'never' have people around. Animals never cease to amaze me with how they can learn to trust and blossom in the right environment. And that's where she is! It's such a shame she had a bad start but lovely to see how she's developing.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 11th, 2016 6:42pm (Aug 11th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    No, it's highly highly likely Pixie will never be able to be in the same room as a stranger comfortably. I could force her through it right now and it's unlikely she would bite, but it would terrify her and most likely always will. Her fear is extreme, and we have to accept that with her we might not be able to have friends around. It's good to know and accept your dogs' limits; love the dog you have not the dog you wish you had!

    Today she was brave enough to come upstairs for the first time and check out the cat room. Our eventual plan is if we were able to happily leave her in the cat room we could briefly have guests in the living room downstairs for a while. Luckily we're not social butterflies so it's not essential, but it'd be nice to have people around every now and then.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeAug 12th, 2016 9:48pm (Aug 12th 2016)
     
    I was just thinking that she was fearful of Lyle at first but now sits cuddled up to him, but then he's there all the time. I'm one of those hopeful people that thinks she will get confidence from you and it may be a long time coming, but at some point she may accept strangers. Occasionally we need to push our boundaries and, as long as it's controlled, that can be true of animals too so that they can also learn that people are good (provided the person coming in IS good and sensible!!) You know her best though, and will see over time if that's possible. The relationship with the cats could be a really good thing for her and give her some additional moral support.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 13th, 2016 11:25am (Aug 13th 2016) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    She's still very scared of Lyle. She's been here almost four weeks now and he still can't talk, approach or stroke her. A few times a day she will approach him and ask for fuss, usually lasting about 30 seconds, so she's much better than she was, but she's still scared of him and he still can't interact with her when he initiates it.

    Kasper was nowhere near as scared as Pixie, but within four years he could meet virtually anyone. Pixie still trembles, freezes and tries to bolt when she walks past someone on the other side of the street, even if they don't even look at her.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeAug 15th, 2016 1:01am (Aug 15th 2016)
     
    That is so sad - once again all I can say is I'm glad she found her way to you. It's probably the happiest she's ever been. xx
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 15th, 2016 5:37pm (Aug 15th 2016) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    We've managed to introduce Pixie and Kasper, on walks at least!

    Feels like a ginormous acheivement :bigsmile: We used the pupoose to carry her, in part this was so I'd get to join Kasper and Lyle on walks, and in part it was to get Pixie used to Kasper from somewhere she felt safe. It worked really well and after four walks in the sling I popped her down halfway through, and she fell head over heels in love with Boo :smile:

    Walking with Kasper made Pixie so much more confident, it was lovely to see. She was wagging her tail, doing play bows, bounding about on lead, and a few of her triggers went past (that would normally leave her trembling) and she barely glanced at them. Good job Kasper, and Pixie :smile:

    Couldn't get many photos as managing two dogs is tricky when one's a nervous wreck, you have to be on your toes!!

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    Here she was last night watching the micey girls

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    She sleeps in a crate night which, although it has only got me one full nights' sleep so far (that's one more than I'd had since she came home!!) it has stopped her waking me in the night by digging at my face. Which is wonderful because I was SO sick of that!

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    Here's Little Miss Gorge herself...I love this pic

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    Those wonky front legs bless her!!

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    Sleeping with Lyle last night :)

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    Heard from Pixie's old owner's neighbour (because nobody else will answer our calls!!!) that she should be out of hospital in 'a few weeks', which I don't believe as we've had Pixie four and they said a few weeks then :rolling:

    I wrote out all Pixie's fears that I could think of the other day, and split them into three tiers. You can see them here:
    https://scarlybobs.wordpress.com/2016/08/14/pixies-big-list-of-fears/

    And here I wrote out Kasper and Rey's :smile:
    https://scarlybobs.wordpress.com/2016/08/15/the-other-fears/

    Oh forgot, we've started leaving the cats out with her when we leave Pixie and they do so well together. I think having the boys about really help Pixie feel less alone, and gives her someone to 'play' with too :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeAug 15th, 2016 11:56pm (Aug 15th 2016)
     
    How lovely that she got such confidence from Kasper! Perhaps he exudes it now because he knows what it's like to have none!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 16th, 2016 7:52pm (Aug 16th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    It was great to see Kate. I think the boys are going to be so good for her, just as the cats are helping her feel secure when we leave her alone. She's doing so well ^__^



    She's rocking walks atm. Made it to the field today without carrying her there in the pupoose or walking with her and Kasper. First time she's made it on her own!

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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 19th, 2016 4:17pm (Aug 19th 2016) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Pixie was bought and used her first ever puzzle feeder :) She's finally at the point where she's confident enough to eat her full ration of food, so now's the time to introduce puzzle toys :D

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    Because she's so small we can buy teeny tiny puzzle toys for her, this one cost £2.22!!

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    And I bought a lead walking belt to use with Pixie, very useful especially now that we walk her on an XX-long lead!! This was the cheapest walking belt I've ever seen and it's been really good ^__^

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    Pixie's confidence continues to rocket up and the difference really is outstanding - in fact someone who lives a row of houses down from us commented as we walked past their garden a few days ago "there's a lot of difference in the little one!", which absolutely made my day that someone who doesn't even see her much at all noticed!!

    She walks with both Kasper and Rey now - Kasper is great as she gains confidence from him and can practice walking calmly with another dog, and they can do training together, but they don't interact much as Kasper is a grump! Pixie's fantastic in that she accepts this though and doesn't constantly bother him, so they have a nice easy going relationship.

    With Rey on the other hand they can't walk calmly together or train side by side, but again she gains a massive amount of confidence from him and they can go crazy off lead and play like loons together ;)

    Also Pixie easily outruns Raiden which is just hilarious - she's small enough to walk underneath him when he's standing, and she's hardly too energetic breeds, yet she easily outruns a Border Terrier :rolling:



    So she's doing a walk with each dog everyday, and we're trying to squeeze in as many in-house intros as possible, but it's not easy to manage everyone and everything and fit in leaving Pixie alone to build that up too...feels like there's not enough hours in the day, and that's with me only getting 4-6 hours sleep a day thanks to Pixie :rolling:

    She's coming on great though.

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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeAug 20th, 2016 8:50pm (Aug 20th 2016)
     
    I never got much sleep with my kids, so when they fell asleep in the day I would too. There was nothing like sitting in a chair with a sleeping baby and dozing off myself!!

    She is looking great - how wonderful that she can walk with both other dogs and gets something different from each of them.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 23rd, 2016 12:11pm (Aug 23rd 2016) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Raiden and Pixie are doing SO well with each other :)

    They go crazy off lead together, play in the house with each other, and we're even getting to the stage where they can do training together (which is really important as Rey needs time to calm - if we let him have his way he'd play for hours and become a totally obnoxious over-excited teenager :tooth: )

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    Neither of them have even hinted at resource guarding either which is wonderful and makes training much easier...bit of a nightmare doing things like that with Kasper as if Pixie even looked at his treat he'd be an arse!

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    Showing Pixie her teeny tiny muzzle!

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    This is her new nervous harness

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    Right after I trimmed the top of Rey's beard, around his eyes and head for the first time EVER!

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    Just got his legs belly and tail left to strip now...want him to look nice for the 25th which is a year since he came home!!! We're seriously considering leaving his ear hair long though as it looks so hilarious :rolling:

     photo reyday4_zpsp2fqmmqk.jpg

    Sleeping beauty

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    :heartsabove:

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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeAug 24th, 2016 12:50pm (Aug 24th 2016)
     
    Does Lyle let you practise on HIS beard and eyebrows? :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 24th, 2016 6:11pm (Aug 24th 2016) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    No, but he does let me practice on his hair :rofl:

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    Today Pixie did her first big walk. She has a comfort zone of about 10 minutes around our house, where she feels safer, but as she's doing so much better we tried taking her further today.

    She walked the first five minutes to toilet, then went in the sling as we passed through the village (people) and walked up the driveway and past the house where the footpath is supposed to be (they often have a barky GSD off lead on the drive). After that she was down, bounding about and really enjoying herself!!



    She ran so much she was flagging on the way back and we had to carry her all the rest of the way home while she lay in the sling and thought about sleeping :rolling:

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    And five weeks in, we're really making progress with her and beardy man's relationship ^__^

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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeAug 25th, 2016 3:34pm (Aug 25th 2016)
     
    Bless her - she didn't look in the least bit nervous. As for poor Lyle... I thought Eric was longsuffering....!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 26th, 2016 12:00am (Aug 26th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    She was a little iffy in the tunnel bit, got over it quickly, walked 'off lead' (dropped longline) and seriously LOVED the fields :smile:

    We went back with her today, although it wasn't quite as smooth a walk we still had fun...someone's dog barked from the other side of the fence at the start and she tried to bolt but I still had her lead, then she saw cows and sheep in some of the fields which freaked her out, but she bounced back really quickly.

    We celebrated a year with Rey today!!! Had a great day, will post pics tomorrow ^__^
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeAug 26th, 2016 7:19pm (Aug 26th 2016)
     
    We saw a puppy 'Rey' (why can't I remember the breed?!) at the waterpark today (where we went yesterday - used to be gravel works apparently and when it closed they turned it into lakes) - it was very cute and made me think of you!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 26th, 2016 11:29pm (Aug 26th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Haha aaaaw! :) I love Border Terrier puppies!! So baldy and cuddle-able :rolling:

    Raiden had a great Gotcha Day! His favourite 'gift' by far was getting to play with Pixie extra-long. We'd split them up every 15 minutes and either hold Rey or put a barrier between them and given them chews, Rey gifts, or do training. They both did really well ^__^

    For his Gotcha we did A LOT of grooming in the days leading up to it...he had to look presentable haha but we love him scruffy too :tooth:

     photo onerey3_zpsbcvz0n9c.jpg

    He got a few new toys and some angus beef throat chews (made us laugh as Pixie finished her chew before Rey, she does everything quicker!! No chew for Kasper as he can't be trusted ;) ).

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    Crazy play pics!

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    And video :)

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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeAug 27th, 2016 9:38pm (Aug 27th 2016)
     
    I've got to ask - how did Lyle get such dirty knees!! I thought it was huge bruises at first!

    Rey seems very happy to have a friend to play with. Happy gotcha day!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 27th, 2016 11:36pm (Aug 27th 2016) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    General dog walking and dog entertaining :) Rey LOVES Pixie so much, and she loves him almost as much...it's a match made in heaven and brings joy to my heart to see Rey playing with another dog after such a tough year finding him friends!

    Pixie's SIXTH harness arrived today, ugh! Stupid Dachshund body meaning harnesses just DO NOT fit her >__<

    This one was recommended by a friend as the belly strap is adjustable, which is what Pixie really needs. It's a cute harness and fits her perfectly (FINALLY!). It's not fleece lined which I wish it was, not that it really matters as she doesn't pull, and the straps are thin, but again it doesn't matter. Best harness we've had so far, although we do lose the 'nervous' banner.

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    Oh and have I posted pics of her tags?

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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeAug 28th, 2016 5:51pm (Aug 28th 2016)
     
    She looks very pretty! It's so nice that Pixie and Rey have been able to become friends. We all need a friend in life!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 28th, 2016 6:58pm (Aug 28th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Honestly they're such a good match it's hilarious watching them together...I think Pixie could do literally anything to Rey and he wouldn't bat an eyelid, he is so close to bombproof so definitely a good example for Pix :smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 3rd, 2016 10:58pm (Sep 3rd 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Pixie trying some raw fish. Only gave her some so she wouldn't pester the cats, and she surprised me by absolutely loving it!!



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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 4th, 2016 5:54pm (Sep 4th 2016)
     
    Dogs look funny when they eat raw stuff!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 4th, 2016 10:46pm (Sep 4th 2016) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I love watching all the pets really enjoying gnawing away at raw meat :) Pecan was the funniest, growling at Pixie and telling her to get away from his raw fish - the only other thing he's ever resource guarded (several times) is bits of blue fluff, which are his favourite thing ever. SUCH a weird cat :rolling:

    A really wonderful video of Pixie from her walk today - had me tearing up when I was watching it because she just looks so happy, confident and full of life :smile:



    Photos, had to carry her through the worst flooded bits, stumpy mutt that she is :tooth: All the grass to the side of the path was hiding water about a foot deep, my right welly has a hole in it and was full of water up to the ankle by the end of the walk :rolling:





    In the first field she trailed a longline



    And then in the next fields she got to go 'properly' off lead! This is her fourth time doing this, not bad for such a wee scaredy pup ^__^





    There is SUCH a difference in this dog. I bang on about it constantly, especially to Lyle, but it's because I'm so amazed and proud of how far she's come in just 8 weeks.





    Her ears are so hilarious when she's running or when it's windy :)



    Also remember when she first came she was almost the highest point there is on the obesity scale? She's looking so trim now! :heartsabove:



    Those dachshund ears :sarcastic:





    One of my favourites ever





    And the young 'uns playing with each other :heart: :heart:







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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 5th, 2016 4:23pm (Sep 5th 2016)
     
    Posted By: RedI love watching all the pets really enjoying gnawing away at raw meat


    You are quite possibly the most peculiar vegan I have ever known... :rolling:

    It's so lovely to see Pixie relaxed and happy. I do hope she stays with you forever - don't take her back unless they ask!:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 6th, 2016 10:58am (Sep 6th 2016) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Bwahahaha well I'm not saying *I* want to gnaw on raw meat, but if it's good for the pets it's good for the pets. If they're happy so am I :P

    Oh hey I forgot I hadn't said here!! I was holding off saying until we'd told my parents, but her owners officially don't want Pixie back! (there was no mention of taking her off our hands either or offering to help, nothing) But she is ours now!! :bigsmile:

    We are in the progress of changing her chip details, so yay ^__^

    Pixie had her first vet visit today (ugh) as on Sunday we noticed red bumps on her belly near an armpit; two big ones that were red, then a few smaller ones hidden in fur that weren't red. At first we figured she'd just been bitten by a bug, but the next day it was much worse, really red, it had spread and sore looking - and itchy as Pixie wanted to get at it, so we put the inflatable cone on her





    We had a nightmare sorting out the vets as our vet wasn't in until Friday. There was a female vet in the next day (who we've never use) so we were getting ready to try her when the receptionist said our vet was in early am to prep for surgery, so if we got there at 8.30am there's a chance we could see her before surgery.

    In the meantime we gave Pixie a dog-safe child's dose of an allergy pill and used sudocrem on her itchies, and it did improve:

    "Guys, so unimpressed"





    This morning we went to the vet, Pixie in the pupoose with me waiting outside until it was time to be called through. I am SO grateful to our vet for being so wonderful, we really need to take her some thank you things in!!

    We explained the symptoms, what we'd done, and the vet was able to see the rash with Pixie in the baby sling. The vet asked if she was "nippy" (because I'd said how fearful she was) and I was able to explain even when terrified there'd been no hint of aggression. I then turfed her onto the table and held her as the vet checked eyes, ears, teeth etc. Pixie was totally shut down, but better than we thought she'd do. As the vet checked for fleas, her belly and listened to her heart Pixie buried her head in my jumper, god love her. When the examination was done Pixie dived into the pupoose hahaha whilst we talked treatments.

    We fished her out to be weighed (5.2kg) and she had a little wander around the room as our vet stood very still, the popped her back in the sling, and I went to wait outside whilst we got the meds and paid up. She's on an anti-itch and an antibiotic, with the hope this is a one off allergy or a seasonal allergy. The worst would be if it was a regular thing. It could be she has a really severe flea allergy and one flea just bit her, or we walked through some grass she's really allergic to.

    We have a check-up in a weeks time, and if it's not any better (I think it will be though) we might have to consider things like medicated baths, but the vet wanted to try hands off stuff first as Pixie is so fearful.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 6th, 2016 5:33pm (Sep 6th 2016) edited
     
    I was going to say flea allergy because my friend's dog has that. Isn't it good that she got through going to the vets well? And that there's a nice vet there to see...you got past the dragon on the desk this time then? And SUCH brilliant news that she's yours forever! :heart:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 6th, 2016 7:17pm (Sep 6th 2016)
     
    I can't believe she's yours now! That's fantastic! She looks like such a happy dog now, it would've been so wrong for her to go back. Welcome to the family Pixie!!

    I thought the rash might be from a certain type of grass or seed - they can be seasonal, and as she's so little it could just be that something has irritated her bare skin and then spread a little. Hopefully the treatment will sort it out. Your vet is fab - if only they were all that good!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 7th, 2016 6:57pm (Sep 7th 2016) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    We waited outside CC :rolling: And yes our vet is amaaaazing! Felt horribly sorry for Pixie but at least she did as well as could be expected :bigsmile: And thank you!!

    Thank you Kate! We've had her 8 weeks by this point so if her old owners had wanted her back it would have felt very odd without her!!

    Yeah I thought maybe grass or something too Kate, because she's so low and we had just explored some new fields. It could also very easily be a reaction to fleas though as CC said, because the vet said it only takes one bite on dogs who are allergic...so while nobody else in the house seems to have fleas, Pixie could have been bitten anywhere and it's made her miserable.

    I think we're going to treat her with a monthly spot-on (ugh chemicals!) monthly just in case it is fleas, and treat everyone else naturally unless we have a reason to be concerned.

    It took a long time to find a vet this good Kate! We've probably had over a dozen different vets and, including this one, have only had two good ones :tooth:

    Today Pixie's rash is looking much better. Not as widespread, all bumps gone, pale pink instead of bright red, and the largest of bumps are now flat but covered in scabs / dry flaky skin. She's still getting sudocrem several times a day and it seems to have really helped!

    Photos from Pixie's first visit to a forest. She was VERY scared at first, but by the end of the walk she was walking and sniffing things, and not stopping with her paw raised (a sign of moderate fear/anxiety for her).

    We got to walk the easy road way there as the main road's shut for 12 weeks so barely any cars!!







    Sat just in the forest with her lead slack so she could get used to the noises and smells









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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 7th, 2016 9:27pm (Sep 7th 2016)
     
    It's clearing up quickly so it does sound like it could've just been something in the grass. Problem is if you use spot on treatment every month and the rash doesn't come back, you will assume it was fleas. There's usually some evidence of fleas - dirt in the coat is the most obvious. You could just observe and see if it returns, then take some action?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 7th, 2016 10:02pm (Sep 7th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I don't know. I don't want it coming back if there's anything at all I can do to avoid it...and the problem is the trigger could be literally anything haha!! A bit of food she found on a walk, any number of grasses and flowers, a bit of grub off my plate I gave her and forgot, a bug bite...aaagh!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 8th, 2016 10:41pm (Sep 8th 2016)
     
    Actually, I was going to list some other options and realised it looks just like a nettle sting. Has she been near any stinging nettles? Normally hair would protect her, but they're on bare skin areas so very possible.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 10th, 2016 9:25pm (Sep 10th 2016) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    It seems to be something allergy-y...the redness has gone now and the bumps have turned into peeling skin, but it seems to be healing really well. This is from yesterday, I think.



    Some photos from the last few days, Pixie walking with each boy :smile:















    I had both dogs today :rolling:



    And Kasper dooooodle!







    FANTASTIC nonthreatening body language from Kasper here :heartsabove: an you can see Pixie is anxious







    Great focus!



    And more "I'm a friend!" body language

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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 12th, 2016 11:45pm (Sep 12th 2016) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Great things to report today!

    First Pixie went to a beach for the FIRST TIME EVER :bigsmile:

    We went to this patch where it's quiet and there's only a small bit of water...and remember for weeks we couldn't stray ten minutes from our house because she was so scared and anxious on walks? Now we're exploring more and more new places, 30 mins walk from our house...and this is her FANTASTIC reaction to the beach
    :heartsabove:


    Few pics...think her lead might need a clean?! (and yes she needed a sponge bath when we got home!!)







    And the next awesome thing...things are sloooowly getting back to normal. Tonight we had Kasper out with Pixie for TWO HOURS STRAIGHT and there was no fear, no grouchiness, nothing. It was so easy!

    Kasper seems to very much realise how little of a threat Pixie is. He's never acted with a dog like this before, even puppies! I was even able to give Kasper a low value toy and play fetch as Pixie got strokes on my lap! Oh and we had a massive grooming session too, hairy lump that he is :heartsabove:





    Big mutt on one side of me, teeny frog faced pup on the other!



    Is this the look of love? :heart:



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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 13th, 2016 2:31pm (Sep 13th 2016)
     
    What a relief that everyone gets on so well - you've done a fantastic job with all of them. :heart:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 13th, 2016 7:50pm (Sep 13th 2016)
     
    Completely agree CC! Seeing Pixie growing in confidence is amazing.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 14th, 2016 5:32am (Sep 14th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    It's so nice to see Pixie mooch about with both cats and the rabbit, AND each of the boys too!!! She's apparently a very easy dog to get along with :rolling: And thank you both, I love watching (and sharing!) the progress she makes
    :)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 15th, 2016 3:43pm (Sep 15th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Had a really really awesome training walk with Piie today through town! Teeming with people and we went into a pet shop with distrations eerywhere and she was amaaaazing! Cant type so if you want you can read about it here but it's long not very eciting and there are no pis haha

    https://scarlybobs.wordpress.com/2016/09/15/training-yes-pixie-yes/
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 17th, 2016 8:06pm (Sep 17th 2016) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    We were out over THREE HOURS with Pixie yesterday :D

    We went into town with Pixie in her new bag most the way, got on a bus (Pixie's first time ever!), stayed on for ten minutes then walked down to the beach and followed the shore all the way home!

    We had SUCH a good adventure!! Pixie did great waiting for the bus and being around people in her bag. When we got on the bus I thought we were going to have to cancel as for the first few minutes Pixie was just terrified and trembling an insane amount - it was like her first few days with us!! But after a while she calmed down and, although uncomfortable, the trembling totally stopped.

    Ten minute bus ride over we got off and started walking to the beach, practicing our heel work along the way. Really love this photo of us!



    As soon as we were a little aways from the road and carpark, I unhooked and dropped Pixie's lead so she could have some zoomies. There were people and other dogs still about, and an injured sheep, so no off lead just yet!









    Eventually we were past the sheep point so Pixie could go properly off lead, and the zoomies began in earnest :smile:







    We had plenty of break points and rest stops along the way, and I did some paddling!! Thought this was going to be about 20cm deep...it wasn't :rolling: Also check out the video below for a slow mo of Pixie jumping this ditch!



    Probably the best photo I have EVER taken!!! :woohoo:











    And we did soooo much training!! Pixie now knows: sit, stay, heel, focus/watch, recall. We worked on sit stay and focus a lot :smile:







    I call this her "mum I've deffo earned that hotdog!" face :rolling:

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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 17th, 2016 8:08pm (Sep 17th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Video:



    And the last bit, of Pooza in her bag!





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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 18th, 2016 2:00pm (Sep 18th 2016)
     
    I LOVE the flying Pixie - what a wonderful testament to all the hard work you've done with her...it's so lovely to see a happy confident FLYING dog! :heart:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 18th, 2016 7:07pm (Sep 18th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hahaha it's the best photo I've ever taken for sure, talk about lucky timing! She's such a joy to watch on walks now ^__^

    Photos of everyone from the last few days!!

    The relationship differences between Kasper and Pixie, and Rey and Pixie, is understandable but insane!! Hard to describe quite how opposite they are, but that's not to say that Pixie doesn't enjoy being around Kasper or like him...it's just totally different to how she is with Rey.

    Pics from garden fun with Kasper and Pixie yesterday...I did a ton of training with Kasper. Thought I'd filmed him rocking everything I asked him to do, but my camera repeatedly cut out aaagh! Nevertheless he did some awesome legs weaves, down stays, sit stays, touches, in(to the paddling pool), leave its and all sorts :smile:







    She's getting much more confident around Kasper now, and he's just amazing with her - he really dislikes Raiden and is an arse with most new dogs to the house, but he's been so good with Pixie!







    I love her bulbous eyes :rolling:



    And the little 'uns had a walk together this morning. Raiden was AWESOME!! Showed truly amazing recall and impulse control coming away from playing with Pixie, and holding a sit as she ran about him ^__^



    Ugh, that face :heartsabove:



    Lots of noisy play and wonderful training!



    Now it's Kasper's time to come snuggle and watch TV, usually have Kasper on one side of my lap and Pixie on the other! :heartsabove: Pixie's getting to the stage now where she is wanting to play and thinking about doing so - this involves her going up to Kasper's head (not much smaller than her whole body), balancing on her back legs and waggling her front paws, then falling over backwards and needing to be caught by me :rolling:

    And this afternoon I walked Rey on my own and we worked our bottoms off doing a lot of training. Starting to teach him heel and focus (he is AMAZING at this, despite having never worked on heel or focus before - he walks on a loose lead yes, but not heeling). Lots of sit stays and down stays too. Lovely walk with the scruffy boy, who incidentally I spent hours grooming today so look how smart-scruffy he looks!!!

    I will add some photos of Rey in a tick just uploading the and will swith to PC as oh look the keyboard has started being a massive pain.....
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 18th, 2016 7:28pm (Sep 18th 2016) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Pics from our walk, after mucho grooming!

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    Ugh they appear to have updated Photobucket and now it's the most useless site ever...pics are uploaded (after having to upload the same ones three times 'cos they failed for no reason) but now I can't even preview them to cope and paste the tags, aaaagh!

    I'll get the one other photo from the walk up but I'm not waiting around for the others, ugh...I'll just post them from my blog once they're up there like I do with every photo now. Hate you photobucket!

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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 20th, 2016 7:00am (Sep 20th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Pixie pics from the walk yesterday





    Heeling



    Getting into position close to my right foot and sitting, only been working on this two days!





    Heeling again

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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 21st, 2016 7:37pm (Sep 21st 2016)
     
    Such a clever girl ... Pixie is too! :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 22nd, 2016 10:16am (Sep 22nd 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    :fingersear:

    Here's short clips of her doing her position 'trick' and working on 'under' too :)

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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 24th, 2016 8:13pm (Sep 24th 2016) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    So I haven't really mentioned any of this, so here it is. Pixie has been doing a lot of things that makes us think she would be an absolutely amazing assistance dog - from her total lack of interest in other people, to her perfect size and calmness, and finally (most important point) she has a lot of natural instinct for helping me. I've never had a dog like this before, so it's awesome!!

    Recently I've been having a lot more blackouts than usual, which a friend who's a nurse has told me sound a lot like non-epileptic seizures. We both did some research and looks like I have NES. so now I have to go check that out...I need an appt for meds soon so will bring it up then.

    Anyway, the past four days I've had at least one seizure a day. The comatose part lasts from 5-40 minutes, but I can be groggy and useless for hours afterwards. I lost six hours yesterday to one seizure :sad:

    Lyle said every time a seizure started Pixie would come sit next to me, lick me, and not leave my side. That's with no training at all :D

    So we're working on a lot, LOT of stuff...if Pixie was to become a fully fledged PSD it wouldn't be for a year or so, but I've been accepted by a company who help owners train PSD, because obviously psychiatric service dogs (/assistance dogs) in the UK aren't recognised. The charities that train assistance dogs only do so for physical disabilities and autism, nothing for mental disabilities.

    That's something I've kinda been hiding...but yeah. Long road ahead of us, but she's helped my life so much so far.

    Anyway, that's why there's been a lot of training vids and pics - here are some more!!

    This was after a 20 minute blackout, 'came around' to Pixie right by me, and Lyle trying grounding things...



    We do lots of daily training, she learnt beg in a few minutes yesterday which is just adorable :rolling:





    This was her relaxing whilst we had our friend (stranger to her) in the house at the beginning of the week. We met outside, we went on a walk and picnic, then came back to the house. Our friend ignored Pixie the entire time. In the house she was anxious, then she settled down and the only time she got concerned again was when our friend thought she was 'normal' with him now and started getting rowdier, so when Pixie got scared I just took her out for a walk.



    Today was awesome, we started working on mat work and Pixie picked it up in less than one minute despite having never worked on anything like this before :D



    In this video we'd done less than a minute's training and you can see she's going back to the mat with no prompting from me ^__^

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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 25th, 2016 1:33pm (Sep 25th 2016)
     
    She is SO bright...clever girl(s)!:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 25th, 2016 6:29pm (Sep 25th 2016) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Training's one of the few things I can do when I'm feeling halfway okay hahaha :tooth:

    No but seriously I love working with her. We've been working on sit stay for what, a week? And she hasn't broken it ONCE, ever. I can move now, quickly too, and she holds it :smile:

    I'll post some pics of all three dogs soon, Pixie & Kasper and Pixie & Rey.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 25th, 2016 7:30pm (Sep 25th 2016)
     
    If I believed in a higher power I'd say she'd been sent to you for a reason -- you are helping each other so much. I'm so sorry about the NES (is there treatment or do you just have to learn to cope?) Have you considered narcolepsy? I'm not sure of the aspects of that, but again it's a sudden unconsciousness for what I believe is an unspecified amount of time. 6hrs is a long time to lose - it must be quite distressing when you come around again, but a comfort to have Pixie beside you. She is extremely clever.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 25th, 2016 11:04pm (Sep 25th 2016) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I said somewhere the other day we're both very broken and helping to glue the other back together :rolling:

    NES is essentially epilepsy but there's a physical (usually emotional) cause, so anti-epileptic drugs don't work. A high percentage of people diagnosed with epilepsy actually turn out to have NES, but the only real treatment is antidepressants to try ease off anxiety and trying to work out triggers and such. I don't think it's narcolepsy because I'm not asleep, and I'm foggy for so long before and afterwards - my eyes can be open or closed, I twitch, and sometimes I can almost respond or can respond to things Lyle says but not with words.

    It really is very scary...since they've been happening so regularly Lyle doesn't want to leave me alone at all because anything could happen. I could fall and hit my head, a dog that's out with me could chew through a wire, the oven could be left on...and if it's not a comatose seizure I could leave the house and wake up not knowing where I am or what I've done, because that's happened before too. I really don't know why they're happening more than once a day, the most it's ever been previously was a couple a week :/

    And it sucks losing so much of days, and constantly feeling groggy and confused...today I've pretty much only come around and felt fully functioning in the last hour, after having an episode before dinner earlier today. It sucks...

    I told my parents about it yesterday but they didn't seem to get it, and I couldn't explain in detail because they were going to a family member's house for tea.

    I do think we can get better with episodes though. Through some hard effort on everyone's part, today the seizure only lasted about ten minutes because we tried so hard with grounding, it was the confusion and tiredness that stuck about for hours.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeSep 26th, 2016 10:22am (Sep 26th 2016)
     
    Some beautiful pictures of the pooches Red. Hope you have a good day xx
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 26th, 2016 11:34am (Sep 26th 2016) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks NN!

    I got some pics of everyone from the past few days :) I feel bad that the boys get left out, even though it makes sense because I'm doing more (in terms of training) with Pixie and we have an exciting goal...I still feel bad, so here are the boys' ugly mugs too, especially my big boy!!

    Do you not just think it always looks like Rey's smiling?! :rolling:



    We've had a REAL battle with Kasper's weight these past few months and he got really really skinny. He kept having explosive diarrhoea episodes, weeks apart, meaning we'd have to starve him for 24 hours, feed him small amounts of rice and chicken, then gradually build back to kibble, meal size etc...so obviously he was losing weight each time.

    Well we finally figured out it seems the new kibble is causing it! Three weeks now no diarrhea because we switched from the new kibble - it's just so weird because he's eaten so many kibbles of varying quality over the years, eats any and all treats, and he's NEVER had a reaction like that before!!

    The kibble we had him on was Arden Grange, which we bought (agh keyboard has started, yay...) because it was on offer. It did have maize in, but as I said Kasper has never had a reaction, even when he had to be on Bakers when we were on holiday and ran out of our own kibble - but soething about Arden Grange really didn't agree with him!!

    Beautiful, perfect weight now though :heart:



    Ugh I adore this big lump :heartsabove:



    :heartsabove: :heartsabove: :heartsabove:



    And he's starting to try play with Piie now! Whih is hilarious beause she's finally confident around him, but he's so heavy handed in trying to get her to play and she's just like "dude seriously, wtf are you doing!!" :rolling:

    Also his head is literally the size of her entire body :tooth:



    Finish up with this photo of y oldest and my youngest. I really really love these two, and I loe this photo :heart:

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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 26th, 2016 3:50pm (Sep 26th 2016)
     
    It's so lovely that they all get on together too...they really are your therapy dogs, Red. :heart:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeSep 26th, 2016 9:07pm (Sep 26th 2016)
     
    I think my favorite picture is the last one too Red. Both dogs have the "look of Love" on their faces. You have come so far with Pixie in such a short time..you are a total wonder with your dogs!:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 26th, 2016 10:20pm (Sep 26th 2016)
     
    I completely get what you mean with the NES, and how it could be related to anxiety. When I'm anxious I get extremely tired and desperate to go to sleep, but that is usually impossible and I just spend hours yawning and being useless. If I do go to sleep I can't wake up. I find my eyes just won't stay open - I can hear but can't talk, and it can take me a couple of hours to be able to rouse myself but I feel rubbish for the remainder of the day. It's nothing on the scale of what you're going through, and I haven't had one of the episodes where I can't wake for a long time now (though the anxiety induced tiredness is common), but I understand what you mean and remember the feeling vividly and can see just how debilitating it is for you.

    Sadly any anxiety related problems are really hard to solve because they're self-perpetuating. I'm glad Lyle is taking such good care of you, and hope you can find a way to reduce the frequency and severity. I wonder why it is, in this day and age, we seem to be more susceptible to stress and anxiety, when our seniors had such a hard life. Maybe it's because we expect so much of ourselves and put us under so much pressure.

    Take care of yourself Red, and take pleasure in your pets and the love of those around you. Xx
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 26th, 2016 11:13pm (Sep 26th 2016) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I get the inability to wake up too!! It used to happen a lot when Lyle had to wake me for appts etc, I was awake in my mind and could hear what he was saying and wanted to respond...but just couldn't move!

    If we can avoid the actual intense bit of the seizure we can get away me being comatose for about 30 minutes. I can't talk, move or move my eyes (so will literally just stare in one place), but I can hear what's going on around me, slowly process things Lyle is saying, and if I'm able to move fingers can reply to yes / no questions. For the actual seizures I don't remember anything, and Lyle says there's no response from me and I go...twitchy, haha :P

    We've found stress is a massive trigger, but it seems to be getting triggered way easier than it ever used to. Also 'weird' loud noises - loud music is fine but loud smashing bottles, scrunching carrier bags etc can trigger it. And, weirdly, some walks in the dark reliably trigger an episode but we can't pin point which ones or why yet.

    Lyle's been a star because I can only imagine how scary it must be for him now they're happening so much, but he's handling it brilliantly. He phoned the GP today but, as ever, it's weeks and weeks before an appt pops up. The nurse has slotted us in for a telephone appt on Wednesday, so we'll see if he can slot us in anytime soon then!

    I've always had a big issue with anxiety but I think when my psychosis started happening 24/7, as oppose to just in manic episodes, it made a huuuge difference. I know for about 6 months I was living in a constant state of panic / terror and every little thing was a massive struggle...thankfully the meds seem to have taken the edge of the terror and brought it back down to anxiety, but it'd be nice to one day get rid of the hallucinations :P

    Today we had a big walk planned with Pixie - she was going to climb her first mountain! - but we got 30 mins from home and it started bouncing it down. And of course she was the only one of us in a coat :rolling:

    We raced to a bus stop for shelter and tried to wait it out, but after 10 minutes it wasn't showing any signs of stopping so we just headed home...it eased on the way back, and despite the change in plans it was a lovely walk.





    We did a little training in our shelter :D



    Pixie is also rocking a new trick we're learning, jumping onto my lap on cue! It's really adorable :smile: Will hopefully mean one day she can jump into my arms as I'm standing, and I won't need to pick her up on walks anymore, which she doesn't like at all...fine once in my arms but hates me reaching for her and picking her up.





    And once the rain had stopped I knelt to see if Pixie wanted to come out of her bag - she has a cue where she knows she's allowed out if she wants (because I don't want her jumping out every time I kneel or sit!!), and she just sat there like "nope, not happening!!" Too cute!



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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 27th, 2016 6:43pm (Sep 27th 2016)
     
    You need to keep a really detailed diary - food, drink, where you go, the weather, any new smells or places. After a few weeks then start to look back each time you have an episode. Lyle should do it too as he may see different things to you. Maybe then you can spot a trend or a trigger.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 28th, 2016 3:08pm (Sep 28th 2016)
     
    I love the pic of Pixie looking up at you - she adores you!
    Yes, keep the food diary, that's a great suggestion - and environmental factors; my friend's partner found that strange things like the smell of paint could trigger his ME, despite the docs poo-pooing the idea. Also household detergents, air fresheners...
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 28th, 2016 6:21pm (Sep 28th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I adore her too CC :)

    We have a few noticeable triggers. I think I'm generally unwell at the moment too which probably isn't helping, I've felt poorly the last few days, and haven't been able to just fall asleep when needed due to the dogs. Spoke to the GP today and he said it sounds like NES, and he'd like a physical appt - we originally called for a physical appt but it was a 3 week wait. He's going to ring back tomorrow with the soonest he can fit us in.

    Did some awesome alert / interruption training with Pixie today. Only a short video but I'm SO proud of her
    :)
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeSep 29th, 2016 8:37pm (Sep 29th 2016)
     
    Awwe bless her she is just so tiny I didnt realise until I saw her in her carry pouch Lovely to see you and Pixie together xxxxx
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 30th, 2016 3:08am (Sep 30th 2016) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Haha everyone says that NN!! It's funny because until Pixie we thought Rey was a small dog (and he is, he is a small breed after all) but woah does Pixie make him look like a giant :rolling:

    Today has not been a good day health-wise, but we finished the day without having to go to hospital and it had lots of nice parts, so not a bad day really!

    I had a seizure (seems another trigger is editing photos and typing on the computer - great, two of my favourite things :crying: ), then got a migraine, then my lower left lip swelled on the inside for absolutely no reason, to the point where I couldn't move my mouth much or talk. I hadn't knocked or bitten it at all it wasn't like that, all we can think is allergic reaction, but it was a really bad run of events and Lyle didn't know what to do...I fell asleep and woke with the swelling almost all gone, my migraine had gone to a headache so I took some Codeine, and I had a few hours feeling great whilst Lyle caught up on sleep.

    Every day feels like such a humongous struggle atm but I feel like we're really doing well at making sure we enjoy the parts we can ^__^

    This is a photo of Pixie noticing a seizure yesterday



    And her worried face today - not sure what got her interest here as I felt fine and didn't have a seizure



    This was about five minutes after I came around after a seizure, she apparently didn't leave my lap the entire time



    And this is her doing focus / watch me, you can see my hand signal on the left!



    More fun pics now :smile: Raiden and Pixie had the most hilarious play date earlier today, so all pics are from that...Rey had a bit of a photo shoot :rolling:







    Ugh, he's so adorably happy!









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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 1st, 2016 10:46pm (Oct 1st 2016)
     
    Do you think Pixie will get to the point where she will warn you of an imminent attack? Seems she's almost doing that already. The lip thing is weird - have you ever had a cold sore? Could you have a sharp bit on your tooth that you haven't noticed and it's injured your lip? It's so random it could be anything. Did you get your appointment with the doctor or is that next week? Something else to mention if you haven't seen him yet.

    Rey's pictures are lovely - he has such a cute face!