We got this update from Summer's foster mom several weeks ago. We hope you'll enjoy hearing about the progress this petrified girl, a former breeder, has made.
"Summer is a totally different dog from the little scared rabbit that first entered our home. She went from a terrified frozen in place girl to a leaping, bounding, pouncing, running and skidding-through-the-house snorting frog. She is by far the "happiest" little dog I have ever seen. She wakes up in the morning and bounds through the day with endless energy, joy and enthusiasm for life. When YOU feel down, she makes you feel up. She is a sunny summer day, and that's why we never thought to change her name.
The meds did a good job of clearing up most of the skin infection, but she'll have to be on a non-allergenic food for the rest of her life. I have contacted the volunteer that said she would do allergy tests for us to see if she can do one on Summer so we can isolate what she is allergic too. So hopefully that will help and she'll be able to have a wider variety of food, if indeed it is a food allergy.
Summer adores other dogs. She met her first cat since being in foster care and didn't show any reaction. She wasn't really interested in getting too close, choosing to stay closer to me. We went on a nice walk the other day and she must have another dog while on a walk or she will not go forward. If she has a dog to trail, she just trots right along. With the exercise she's getting, her tummy has tightened back up and she's looking really good.
Summer is an absolute joy, and I can't say it enough. She does enjoy her crate and will go in there for a nap with the door open if nothing is going on around the house. She'll now trot right in there at night when I say kennel. She LOVES to chew on things, and recently chose my antique cedar chest, but was easily dissuaded from it with some new and interesting chew toys."
Summer is being fostered in South Dakota and is available for adoption. If you have a dog or two and would like to add a little Summer fun to the mix, check out her biography and see if your family might be a good fit.
The Frog Princess