Editor's note: For the 14 months Penelope was in the care of the Richmond SPCA, she was a favorite with many staff and volunteers. She also became a favorite here on our blog, where the "Angel Pet Spotlight" post about her condition, mega colon, was viewed more than 8,000 times. Penelope's foster home became a permanent, adoptive home on February 16, 2012, and we're delighted to share this update from her adopter, Lauren, along with photos taken by her husband, Martin.
Since Penelope left the Richmond SPCA in mid-February, she has been a very busy girl. She has traveled to two flyball tournaments to cheer her favorite flyball team, Take Shelter, to victory. She has also battled the rapids of the Ellijay River in North Georgia, and the 90 steps it took to get down to the river from our cabin! Penelope has logged over 1,500 miles so far.
When Penelope isn’t traveling, she can be found in Bellevue visiting her favorite shop, Paws on MacArthur, where is groomed and spoiled by the owner and staff. She can also be found occasionally at Lowes picking out plants, that she thinks will enhance our home’s curb appeal. At home Penelope refuses to be treated differently just because she is much smaller than her three dog siblings. She will only drink water out of the “big dog” bowl, and is in charge of maintaining polite behaviors inside the house. There is no jumping on the table on her watch....
Shortly after adopting Penelope she did suffer a set-back and needed to be placed back on some of the medications that she had taken before her surgery, but I am happy to report that Penelope is now off the medications, and has even surprised her surgeon with her post-operative progress. We still have to be careful about what foods she eats, but other than that she lives a relatively normal life. Even though Penelope is my first dog with special medical needs, I do have two other dogs with special behavioral needs. Surprisingly, learning to manage Penelope’s medical condition has not been much different than learning how to manage fear-based aggression or leash-reactivity.
Penelope has recently begun her training to develop the skills she will need to play agility. Even though she firmly believes that she is too cute to have to work for food, she has been a good sport, and we hope a novice agility title is in her future.
Penelope has such a great temperament, and is a testament to the resilient nature of dogs. In honor of her past and her personality after we adopted her we gave her the “official name,” Penelope Pickle-Bottom Prissy Pants, and we call her Penny for short.
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