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It's been a really long time since I posted anything here on ES, but after this long break I've decided that today is the day I'm returning to action here in ES!
I'd like to tell you a bit on how we are doing after so long:
Pitanga is 6 years old now, and nearly died this summer due to a nasty tick fever. Her heart got a bit worse from that, and as a consequence she also has arthritis. She is stable, fat and happy and when I return to Portugal I'll start her on her heart meds to make her heart last longer (more on me later!)
Romã is now 4 and a half and has blossomed into a very nice and balanced girl - she's still a bit shy (it's just who she is really) but has learned to cope and accept new things really well! I'm very proud of her, she's come a long way. She is also my main dog, when it comes to training right now.
Here is some of our recent work: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=APxtO02g5OE (go to your mat training)
And for those of you who still remember about my old cocker spainel Ginja, she's now 11 and a half, grumpy, but doing really well. Our guard dog Trigo, is a nice happy boy, and does his job perfectly.
We also have a new honorary setter: a little lamb, called Aveia (Oats) that was rejected by her mother. Pi and Romã made sure she felt fully integrated in our pack! Here they are looking really cute: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBIWPRE_VME
As for me... I'm currently on an externship in Michigan, that will get me closer to my dream of becoming a veterinary behaviorist. I'm also taking a positive dog training course that has completely changed my views on training and raising a dog.
I'll have to stay away from my girls until the end of March, which is really hard, but sometimes we have to do hard choices in order to follow our dreams! And as soon as I get back, if I have to go live far away from Portugal, they get to come along!