Dear Carol and everyone at SAINTS,
Here we are at the end of December just having celebrated having Spot in our family for 5 (!) years. We have loved every minute with him and hope for many more years to enjoy our sweet, funny Spot!
One of the things that makes us laugh nearly every day is the endless positions he finds to nap in. Here are a couple of the dozens of pictures we have of him in one of these crazy poses. And, how do we know an eyeless dog is sleeping? Spot has a snore that could wake the dead!
2014 started out with a lot of football! Turns out our Terriers are BIG Seahawks fan. After all, a winning season was a great excuse for 2 people and 3 dogs to spend more time on the sofa than usual! We’re all happy the Hawks are doing well again this year….more couch potato time!
After being diagnosed with Lymphangiectasia in November 2013, Spot has bounced back fairly well. He is enjoying a custom, homemade diet and the smallest possible amount of prednisone to keep the disease in check and his weight up. He had his annual cardiology exam this summer and while his heart disease continues to progress slowly, he is still not on any medication related to it. We’re very thankful that he’s doing so well given all the health issues he’s faced. Spot continues to win the hearts of all that have the chance to meet him. Below is a picture of Spot’s cardiologist who came running out of the clinic after his visit to say one more goodbye. And in another photo the receptionist at our vet held him on her lap after he finished a blood draw while we were in another room with one of our other dogs. Sometimes I actually have a hard time getting them to give him back to me. J
Spot’s fur doesn’t grow as well as it once did due to some of his health issues. As a result of bumping into things because of his blindness and the fact that his hair doesn’t grow back well, he had developed a small bald spot on his forehead. So this summer I decided to put my DIY skills to work and make him his own “white cane” (made with zip ties) so he could sense obstacles before he hit them. While my “invention” didn’t work very well (not enough “feedback”) we found a product on the internet called the “halo.” Spot has spent quite a bit of time in it over the holidays and is tuning into the purpose. Scott has been developing a lighter weight version which we hope to trial soon. The halo name is apropos though as we definitely think of him as an angel sent into our lives.
Even though Spot came into our house many years after our other dogs and they weren’t super happy to have a third to share with, all have learned to coexist <mostly> peacefully and sometimes even with a snuggle.
Thanking you once again for saving Spot,
Lynne & Scott