Teri Stewart, Foster Mom
wanted to let everyone
know that Travis has been doing GREAT! He's been here
about three months and he's come such a long way.
He's adjusted to the routine
of eating two meals a day, AM and PM, and after being a little sluggish
at meal time in
the beginning, he's now chowing down both meals.
Carrots are treats at
my house -- but when I first tried giving them to Travis and he'd just spit
Not true with Barney and Botchka ... I say "carrots" to them and
they go running to
the fridge. Travis, being deaf, can't hear me of course, but these
days he's right
behind B&B anyway ... heading to the fridge. He now LOVES carrots!!
For the first month
and a half or so, Travis would get in Barney's face and bark. Barney pretty
it, and would get up and move if Travis became a pain. Travis ALWAYS followed,
tolerated it. But the barking has now lessened considerably, and Travis
face instead ... again Barney tolerates it! They've even become
buddies, and on
occasion will play bow with each other, bark, and make an awkward attempt
to play. It's
a sight to see! Botchka's snarley face has also stopped, and she,
too, will even initiate
play with Travis.
For 16-years-old, Travis
is in remarkable shape. He's mentally alert, and being deaf hasn't
caused him any
problems that I'm aware of. And he's been responding beautifully to hand
signals -- I
pat my leg when I want him to come and he ALWAYS comes. I point to the
floor and he will
sit or lay down.
He's been taking two
buffered aspirin a day, and some pills for incontinence (poop incontinence).
I find little
prizes sometimes after he's been laying awhile and gets up. But I've found
it helps A LOT if
we take him out immediately after he gets up, and in general, let him out
quite a few times
in the evening. He prefers it if someone goes outside WITH him, so of
what we do!
Most important, Travis
is the sweetest, most charming "little chug along" (my nickname
He's well mannered, well adjusted, and pure delight to have around.
That's why my husband
Bud and I adopted him in May. We just couldn't imagine him being
anywhere else but here. This is his home now, and it was
time to make it official!!
Botchka and Barney Stewart
This issue of
GRRI NEWS is
lovingly dedicated to Tyler,
aka The Big Woof.