Today, the 26th of September, is one year since my Sooty arrived.
It took me nearly a month to post on the site because he was in such bad shape that I didn't want to post pics of him. He was painfully thin - nearly half of what he should have weighed, very sore and swollen around his back end - due to several surgeries in the area and scalped - because he was so matted that he had to be shaved completely (he couldn't even go to the toilet properly because of matting).
He never had any fear (and still doesn't!), even in my mad house, and has always been so friendly to everyone he meets - which is shocking considering how badly he was treated (no/very little human contact or veterinary care, isolated his whole life, not fed properly...).
Initially, he had some food and resource aggression issues with my other dogs but they have reached an understanding (ie. they leave him alone and he leaves them alone!
) and now it's only the odd growl. He is deaf, which has gotten worse over time (he used to be able to hear loud noises - doors banging etc. - but now not even clapping over his head is heard) but it has never caused him any problems. He is quite the barker when he gets going, has no fear of anything and does everything with gusto. He knows that after he gets his pills the food is coming and if there is any delay the will let you know! He gets himself so excited when food is being handed out and, unlike when we first got him, he knows when is turn is (but still spins around is circles until then!) and doesn't try to eat anyone elses food.
Sooty sleeps A LOT, for the joy of it and because of his heart problem. Over the year we have had him, he has slowed down a good bit and sleeps more and more. We dread to day he goes to the rainbow bridge but because of the severity of his heart issues it is something that has to be thought about and considered. He is on a lot of daily medication, has quite a low immune system (will pick up any bugs going), suffers with his anal glands (mainly due to the way he was treated before he came to me), cannot go for very long (and then needs to sleep for a few hours to recover), can only go for short (15 minute) walks - he is not able for a daily walk because it tires him out too much so he's taken out 3/4 times per week and needs constant monitoring.
Sooty is such a wonderful addition to our household, he is truly settled and this is his home. I would never have thought I would end up with yet another (
) Cavalier but here we are, and we treasure every moment.