It's been 10 months since Dory came home and we wanted to let you know how she's been doing. Dory very quickly settled into her new home and assumed the role of big sister and Mother to her now best friend Lukey. And while she is never far away from Lukey, she loves her snuggle time with the rest of the family. She is very eager to please and is such a polite and sweet girl. She always greets us at the door when we come home with so much love and the biggest smile.
With the help of Lukey, a harness, and regular daily walks, Dory was very quick to learn to walk nicely on a leash and is the first to the door as soon as we say "walk time". She loves to great all the neighbourhood dogs and people. She and Lukey are rather popular in the neighbourhood, and everyone stops to visit with them. The kids in the neighbourhood have nicknamed her the cow dog (because of her black and white markings) and Lukey the bear dog.
It took a while for Dory to over come her urges to chase bunnies and birds, but now she rarely pays attention to them while on her walks. Dory was a little anxious with van rides during her first few weeks with us, but quickly realized that most van rides led to the dog park and/or a timbit, and now we only have to say the word and she is waiting at the door to come along. We spent many days playing around in the water this past summer, and while Dory was very nervous in the water at the beginning of the season, she was much more comfortable towards the end and was even beginning to swim.
As you can see from the pictures, Dory's hair has filled in quite nicely and she had her first visit to the groomers a couple weeks ago. She did very well!
She celebrated her 4th birthday in November and it feels as though she's been with us her whole life. She is the perfect compliment to our family! We feel so lucky to have been chosen to give her the life she deserves. Thank you for bringing her into our family!
(pics of Dory & Lukey waiting for Santa, at the dog park, and on a walk)