DUSTY AND SWIZZLE UPDATES This family adopted Dusty and Swizzle to join Zia, their other dog. Dusty is the dog that recently had surgery for cancer. She also has a problem with her hip but you can see she is doing great. Here are three updates from them. We got lots of pictures too. Love those pictures.
We been having a few thunder storms and Dusty has gone out to the back porch and watched after prancing a little but not enough to really get damp. Swizzle stays inside now if it's rainy out even if we are outside. Zia of course hides in the closet. Dusty is getting a bit more energy now that it's cooling down. Dusty likes the Futon and the dog bed with the pillow as her favorite sleeping spots. Swizzle tends to sleep with me unless she gets too warm and then moves to the couch where Zia has been sleeping. We have a fan hooked up to create a little extra breeze. A couple of pictures are Zia and Swizzle playing inside. Also a trip to the dog park (near ABQ airport - 25 acres) it was early,,, I think we got there at 6:45 am and stayed til just after 8.
Second email: This is a afternoon at the park. It was still quite warm but a few other pups where there. Dusty sat right beside mom all the time. They made a couple of loops and Dusty did get up to happily greet dogs that came by to say hello. Swizzle sniffed around and socialized a bit but then hung out with us. She would go get some water a couple of times and greet people who walked on the path in front of us. When we got home everyone was a bit tired from a fairly long hot day. So we lounged and I caught Dusty being all supper cute with Byron and Mom. When Byron left to shower and get ready for bed Mom took his place and Dusty seemed to be a bit happy to have her person pillow replaced.
Third email: We went to the Sandia mountains last Sunday and then up to the hiking trail. It was cloudy and indeed helped make the day a lot more enjoyable. Dusty took the lead for the first third of the hike, she fell back and paced herself after that. Swizzle had a difficult time not running ahead or chasing lizards that crossed out path. Dusty saw a chipmunk and wanted to take off after it but stopped when mom called her back.
The creek was much colder than expected so I was surprised that Dusty was so freely wading at times. She sat near it at rest stops and watched the bugs around it. Swizzle was not happy about trying to go into the water so she sniffed around the edge and took a couple of tentative steps into the edge then pulled back. Zia and Dusty played a bit in the water. When it cools down a bit more we are going to be taking them up to the foot hills and seeing how things go there. It's only about 15 minutes away and paths are from easy to moderate so we can select the trail based on the ability of the pups. I am really looking forward to it! Hope all is well, Samara, Paralee, Byron and Chris.