Much is going on right now and we have big plans for the future… Unfortunately that’s all I can say at the moment, I don’t want to reveal too much about it before anything is certain. I only mention it so you have something to look forward to reading, that’s all ;).
One thing that is certain though, is that 5 more dogs are coming soon. Mom is back on Monday the 23rd with them, and the next day 2 of them will be going to their foster homes. I can’t wait to meet them all! Our neighbors think we’re crazy but we don’t mind. If you don’t happen to fit in with the rest of the neighborhood you better get with the program; people will look at you and they most certainly will talk about you. But as long as you’re happy with what you’re doing and you’re not hurting anybody – be strong and stand up for yourself! It’s good for us as a pack to meet other dogs and get the chance to live with them and really get to know them. These dogs usually come with a baggage, too, but we see that as an opportunity to learn and grow as individuals ourselves, since it takes somebody special to help them recover. I’m glad we get to be those “special” ones.
Today we received all the dogs’ test results for the various diseases they’re checked out for. Almost all of them came out negative, but sadly little Zoe has Leishmaniasis. Fortunately it’s on a low level so we’re hoping the medication will do wonders for her so she’ll still have a chance at being adopted. In other words, we’re still having her. Leishmania infanatum is a parasite spread by sandfly bites, thus transferring Leishmaniasis from dog to dog (or human to human). It’s a fairly common disease in the Mediterranean but it is in fact treatable, although it often means that medication is necessary throughout the dog’s life. We don’t have the sandfly in Sweden so we cannot get infected here. If properly medicated, an infected dog can have just as good of a life as any other dog, symptom free. There are even cases where dogs have been given a clean bill of health after a few years on the medication. So we’re keeping our paws crossed for Zoe!
Meanwhile, here’s what Alfie thinks about sharing his home with 3 more dogs:
On second thought it’s not that bad. Not enough to keep me awake, anyway.