seem quite sore. She will sometimes scratch her mouth and when she's given a dog biscuit or gravy bone she cannot eat it. They roll around her mouth and sometimes she can crunch it, but then it falls out or she gives up altogether. Star has eaten all her tea this evening without dropping any, so better than yesterday when 2 mouthfulls went on the floor. Maybe she was too anxious to eat properly yesterday. She has taken to sleeping on a dog bed in Julia's bedroom. She takes herself off there, more peaceful I think. Her bedroom is upstairs just along from the lounge and kitchen so she is not totally hiding from them just likes the quiet she thinks. She is happy to see Julia if she goes in to see her and she comes out to wonder around for a while but then goes back in there to lie down.
31st July 2010
We received an email from Julia this evening letting us know that Star gets very excited when she is about to go for a walk but once on her way she settles down. As soon as she sees the front door open she is ready to charge out, but Julia insists she goes out after her so she is keeping her on a tight lead telling her to wait until she is out the door then lets her out! Battle of wills but she will get it. Same when they get home, soon as the door is open she wants to be the first in! Julia's dogs wait, patiently watching!!
On the way home this morning from their walk Julia was thinking how well Star was walking next to her. They turned up the driveway and one of her cats shot out across the front of them and up the drive. Star thought she was back on the track and leapt a foot in the air and was ready for a hot pursuit, good job Julia had a tight hold on the lead. Since then she has been in the room downstairs watching them have their breakfast through the window.
Last night Julia gave the dogs some left over pasta in their food. She wasn't sure if it was this but she was so slow eating her tea, it took her ages. She ate most of it though, left a few peas. She was okay eating her breakfast and Julia has worked out that if she breaks a gravy bone in half and give her half at a time she can manage that as a treat and so she was able to give her a treat whilst saying her name today.
Star loves being out in the garden and spends ages wondering around sniffing, listening and watching things and she even goes out in the rain!
1st August 2010
We received an email this morning letting us know that Star is starting to look up when Julia calls her name and comes in from the garden when she calls her! She's made her bed in Julia's bedroom during the day and night and quite content to lay there in the peace and quiet.
Yesterday while out walking they met a group of ramblers with some dogs, who she got a little excited about until she met the Jack Russell and the labrador who were with them and she was fine. She approached them with a wagging tail and was happy sniffing with them before they carried on.
3rd August 2010
Recieved an email from Julia this evening letting us know that Star is coming out of her shell a little bit now and has even played with the fluffy toys today and had a denti-chew. Julia's dogs eat them in a minute while Star has taken about 10 minutes to chew it all. Some mornings she leaves some of her breakfast so Julia will be pleased to get her teeth checked because they must be sore and she still scratches her mouth.
Star walks well on her lead now and loves her walks. She met a collie dog yesterday and was fine with him. She would love to chase Julia's cats and looks for them everytime she goes up and down the driveway.
4th August 2010
This evening Star went to the vet for an examination of her mouth and Julia called in on the way past to let us know the vet believes she's recently had some teeth removed and the rest de-scaled. We all felt awful because if only we'd known about this, bless her! The reason she's been having trouble to eat is because her gums were sore after the cleaning and extractions and she may have had disolvable stitches inserted as well
. If we'd known this we could have given her a little Metacam and supplied her food soft during the healing process.
When Julia arrived home and fed Star she phoned to let us know that Star ate all her food, she didn't dawdle over it as before and even licked the bowl out - Julia had soaked her complete food to make it soft for her and gave it her tepid rather than too hot or cold, which is the way we should have done from day one of getting her if only we'd known she'd been given a dental. Bless her, now at least we can help her move forward.
5th August 2010
Received an email from Julia today letting us know that Star ate all her soft breakfast today, when other days she left most of it, bless her! So glad we found out what was amiss, but I just wish we'd known about her dental when she first came to us.
11th August 2010
The couple interested in adopting Star mentioned while we chatted on the phone they were going to change her name to Jessie. Because she isn't going to her new home for a couple of days Julia is going to start calling her Jessie to help her start getting used to it.
12th August 2010
Received an email from Julia letting us know that she took Star to a Sprint triathlon event at Over Kellet last night. She was so well behaved. She hopped out of the car and walked calmly by Julia's side with Shane, their lurcher all evening. While they were watching the swimming they were in a crowd and she stood with them so well. Shane kept wanting to greet other dogs but Star just ignored them. As they walked around she walked with them and when they were waiting for someone to come in on his bike, she patiently stood waiting while they sat having a coffee. She was the perfectly behaved dog, and they were so proud of her.
14th August 2010
This lunch time we took Jessie to her new home
and after all the paperwork was finished her new owner took her in the garden to show her around while we left so as not to upset her too much. We hope Jessie has a long and happy life in her new home with her new owners and we wish them well.
26th October 2010
We received an email today letting us know that Jess has really settled in and they all think the
world of her. Jess has really come out of her shell and is always on the go. If
she does go to sleep during the day the slightest noise has her up on her feet investigating - she is so inquisitive of this new world she is in and she behaves more like a 2 year old than an 8 year old sometimes. She loves her two
good walks each day.
5th July 2012
We received an email today letting us know that Jess is fine and is one of the family.
Sadly Jessie has passed away.
In loving memory of Jessie
Run with the angels
and free of pain.
Our special girl, our pretty one.
Gone, but never forgotten
Go with God