Remember me and Saskia? I know it's been a while. She's doing SO well!
OK, she's still somewhat of a bonehead if we're in the park and I see her best friend Nanoek the lab, and I say, "Look, Saskia, there's Nanoek", and I point, she does get the silliest expression, ignores the pointing (after glancing at my hand), and does this whole swinging around and around thing that really makes me think, "Duh, which way did he go, George?" And her stay isn't so good. On walks she will stop and wait as long as I want her to without further prompting at the bike paths, then she goes across quickly when I tell her to, but at home she often can't be kept on her bed for long when we have guests (she will just reappear at their noses wagging every few minutes) and she will follow me out of the room if she happens to be awake when I go out or if she thinks I might be about to go out the back door.

I'll be working on this.
Meanwhile, though, she has never once repeated the two incidents of nearly two years ago, the one where she growled lightly at Walter but then looked away in confusion, and the one where she air-snapped in a halfhearted way. Both of those were about her toys, and happened while she was on the sofa. After consulting with you folks and with her trainer at the time (who said the sofa was the one and only cause of it) we initiated NILIF, stopped letting her on the furniture, withdrew all toys for a year and then gradually reintroduced a couple of non-provocative ones, and stepped up her other training.Well, she adores Walter, gets concerned when he's at daycare and looks for him when we go out, lets him do anything he wants to her (WE don't, but of course when he was 1 1/2 sometimes her would suddenly do something we had to then teach him not to do again, like try to poke her in the eye). Now he brushes her, which she loves, and he gives her toys and sticks but not treats because he has a sneaky way of trying to make food disappear so he can ask for another kind of snack and she would be all too willing to help him with this project.

One of Walter's missions in life is to give Saskia sticks in the park; after much work she has started checking with me every time before she takes them, because once she went up behind him and (quite gently) took the one he was carrying without it being offered, and of course that is Not Allowed.
She is also great with other toddlers now; of course Walter has friends. There are two who are afraid of dogs so Saskia has to visit the bedroom for a while when they come over. But with the others she likes to follow them around and lie down near where they're playing and wag at them, and occasionally lick one if it gets close enough. Of course they aren't allowed over by her bed, and she's not allowed to barge in on their games.

Right now poor Walter has a broken leg (he stuck his foot through my bicycle wheel, and has a spiral break of the tibia; I'm getting a Dutch family transport trike today to prevent this ever happening again). This has re-invigorated Saskia's protective side, and when I have him out in the stroller (which I haven't used for months until this) she comes running from anywhere in the park she happens to be to in order to stand between the stroller and anybody or any dog that's come up. Not in any kind of intense way; she just likes to be between him and anyone not me right now.

Oh, another toddler thing if I take her to the park and Walter's at day-care she will, as I said, look for him sometimes, and if she sees another toddler she'll go try to glue herself to him/her, which tends to scare people half to death if she gets anywhere near them, but when I call to her to stop she does and then I have a chance to explain. Then the parents nearly always crouch down by the kid and start educating them about the "nice big doggie" and all is friendly.
Saskia still doesn't like to be touched by new people we meet, but everyone has been commenting for a year now about how much better her self-confidence is, or I should say better and better because it just keeps on, about how she seems a bit wary instead of terrified by new people and situations, and how she is making friends with new humans much more quickly (she makes friends with new dogs right away). She is even less scared at the vet.

Her narrow vertebra almost never gives her trouble and then only for a minute or so if she really overdoes it somehow while playing, and it never developed into full-blown or even progressive wobblers. Her orthopaedist says when she hits the arthritic age we may need to consider steroids but then, given how she's doing so far, we may not.
Saskia turned three last month.
Katrina
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Saskia turned three last month.

Wow. It doesn't seem possible that she's that old. Walter, either, for that matter. I'm glad to hear that they're both doing so well!

Shelly
http://www.cat-sidh.net (the Mother Ship)
http://esther.cat-sidh.net (Letters to Esther)
Remember me and Saskia? I know it's been a while. She's doing SO well! Katrina >>

Yes I do, I was actually reading his group the other day and wondering how you were getting on.
I'm glad its worked out for you all and Saskia is being a good girl. I hope Walters leg heals quickly , it must be painful for him. Alison
Remember me and Saskia? I know it's been a while. She's doing SO well! OK, she's still somewhat of a ... need to consider steroids but then, given how she's doing so far, we may not. Saskia turned three last month.

And how old is Walter now?
Nice to see you again. Sounds like everyone is doing very well.

Mustang Sally
Remember me and Saskia? I know it's been a while. ... so far, we may not. Saskia turned three last month.

And how old is Walter now? Nice to see you again. Sounds like everyone is doing very well.

And I'm sorry to hear about Walter's fracture. Spiral fractures can be nasty; I hope he heals uneventfully.
Mustang Sally
And I'm sorry to hear about Walter's fracture. Spiral fractures can be nasty; I hope he heals uneventfully. Mustang Sally

They said today it looks really good. He's got his walking cast as of this morning, and is trying out a few steps. I also received the transport trike today; here's a URL to the one I ordered:
http://faya4you.nl/jpg/bakfietsen 02.html
Walter will be 2 1/2 in 4 days.
Katrina
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Remember me and Saskia? I know it's been a while. She's doing SO well!

It's so nice to hear a Saskia report! I'm sorry about Walter's leg, though, that must have been awful for all of you.
Nice to hear that Saskia defers to you and Walter now and has become sweeter and goofier than ever.

Catherine
& Zoe the cockerchow
& Queenie the black gold retriever
& Max the pomeranian
& Rosalie the calico cat
And I'm sorry to hear about Walter's fracture. Spiral fractures can be nasty; I hope he heals uneventfully. Mustang Sally

They said today it looks really good. He's got his walking cast as of this morning, and is trying out a few steps. I also received the transport trike today; here's a URL to the one I ordered: http://faya4you.nl/jpg/bakfietsen 02.html

Well, that's good. I imagine he'll learn how to use that walking cast and be back up to normal speed in no time.
Mustang Sally
Walter will be 2 1/2 in 4 days.

It's so nice to have an update on Saskia and Walter. I also hope Walter heals quickly. It sounds like everybody has made great progress together, which is great news.
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