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Lily (Adopted!)

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Please contact Andrea for more information on Lily2 Year Old Female (New Berlin, WI)

June 16

Lily continues to be mostly enjoyable to have around since she started her heartworm treatment three weeks ago. She can irritate my dog from time to time by herding him or resource guarding. He tells her to back off and 95% of the time she does, then they are friends again. She gets her second and third treatments which are the final treatments for her heartworm next week. Four more weeks of rest after that and then she gets retested to (fingers crossed) confirm she is heartworm free.

The first month that Lily was here, she refused to go down to the basement. She would go up to the second floor but I would carry her down the stairs. That has all changed. She goes up and down without any issues. A little klutzy because the floors are slippery but cute and confident nonetheless. She got the confidence one day when her treat ball rolled down the stairs. I could hear her thinking about it by going up and down the first few steps. Within twenty seconds or so she was in the basement by herself and rolling around the ball.

Lily still has not had an accident in the house for nearly a month. The other day she went to the door, jumped on it, and looked at me. I took her out and she went potty. I was SO EXCITED that she communicated her needs. We have just been going out regularly so she didn’t need to communicate. Earlier this week she had loose stool. I think she ate a piece of toy and she is better now. She never had an accident in her crate while I was at work. She woke me up one night that she wasn’t feeling well by barking. I let her out in the backyard and she went to the bathroom right away. She came in and put her paws my shoulders while I was opening her crate for her. It almost felt like a “thank you hug” for letting her out in the middle of the night. I am not 100% sure on that, but I like to think she was using her manners to let me know she was grateful.

She does bark and have high energy. She can be a bit demanding for attention and jealous of my dog but besides those moments, I like her and think she is quite cute. I can’t wait for her to be off exercise restrictions and be able to run and play!

June 6

Lily is doing very well with her Heartworm treatment. She is still on a mild sedative to help her cope with her long days of avoiding exercise. I don’t notice a huge difference but that probably means it’s working because a young dog like Lily would normally be pretty miserable without running and jumping and playing. We have been doing some new food toys for her kibble during meals and she is enjoying that.

We dog-sat for an old female BC who is very particular about having all dogs calm and orderly while in her presence. Lily did so much better than I predicted. The picture of the two of them lying in the hallway is proof that she respected the visitor’s space from time to time.


I was away for a 24-hour period and had two male dog walkers stop by to walk her and feed her meals. She did fantastic! One texted about her sweetness and the other called her well-behaved, happy, and quiet. They both said she pulled on the walks. I do notice that when she is walking alone and not with my dog, she pulls more.

Lily hasn’t had an accident in the house for weeks. I make sure to take her outside whenever she gets out of her crate and about every 45 minutes when she is just hanging out loose in the house. It’s important that she has a chance to actually potty since she can easily get distracted by other fun things outside like people, traffic, squirrels, etc.

This morning while I was on the floor stretching she came over and sat on my lap for pets and snuggled her head into my neck. Glad this is something she still enjoys.

She can still be pretty loud in her crate with barking if my dog and I are free and moving around. Otherwise if my dog is in his crate, she seems to be much happier and quieter. Since she is on an exercise restriction, she has been keeping quiet with a rawhide-like chew that has brought calm to the house each evening. She never makes a peep while I am sleeping even though she can’t see my dog.

May 26

Lily had her first treatment for heartworm yesterday. The vet said she handled it like a champ. She even gave the vet a bunch of cuddles and kisses before she left. She has the final treatments scheduled four weeks from now and then she will need to rest another 2-4 weeks after that before getting retested to make sure all of the heartworm is gone. Since Lily is a high energy, jumpy dog who loves to be on the go, she is on a mild sedative to help her stay a little calmer. She is still go, go, go, and happy but the sedative does seem to be helping a little.

May 24

Lily spent two weeks at another foster home while I was on vacation. She returned a much better behaved dog. It’s awesome to have her back.

She still leaps and jumps like a kid getting ready for a ballet recital but not as often. She always had to sit before being released from her crate but now she can sit still for a whole second. When I am preparing her dinner she sits quietly and patiently next to me. She sits before entering or leaving through a door. She still loves to snuggle and get as close to you as possible.

My dog finds her less annoying and possibly even enjoys having her around which wasn’t the case her first two weeks at my house. He still needs to correct her once or twice a day because she gets right into his face when playing but she responds and backs off now.

One of her favorite activities is rummaging through the toy box for the toy of her choice. She likes to dump the whole thing out and pick the perfect one for the next few minutes to chew on or play with.

Tomorrow is Lily’s first injection for her heartworm treatment. She just finished the antibiotics that she gets prior to the first injection. She took the pills like a champ with some peanut butter every time.

One of her negative behaviors that we are working on is when she is extra excited and wants to get your attention she jumps and tries to nip you. She never breaks the skin at all, but I have felt her teeth on my clothes or arm a few times which is very inappropriate. We are working on alternative ways to get the human’s attention and to not get to that level of excitement when wanting attention.

She can forget to go to the bathroom outside if she is too distracted by things in the neighborhood while in walks. It definitely helps to have a fenced in backyard where she can go with minimal distractions and without a leash. I live in a quiet neighborhood so this has not been an issue but at the temporary foster home they live in a busy neighborhood so she was having accidents inside from time to time.

She seems to like having the companionship of another dog. Lily follows him outside and lays next to him when chewing bones. She also seems to bark less in a crate when the other dog is crated within her view. She doesn’t seem as jealous when I am giving attention to my dog so maybe she would do fine in a house with another dog.


May 8

I still think Lily will probably prefer to be in an only dog home. She likes to herd and pick on my dog which seems to be more of a status thing since she doesn’t herd my other foster much at all (I think).

Lily continues to be a jumper, but she is learning (a little) to not jump ON the human. Now she jumps NEXT to the human. It’s amazing how high she can jump. She must have giant springs. It’s actually comical the way she bounces around the house when I am walking. Luckily she doesn’t bounce when we are on our walks.

This silly girl acts like a puppy most of the time with her non-stop energy and chewing. 95% of the time she chews on toys appropriately. I have learned to put my shoes away because she loves to fling them around as she runs through the house and those laces are too tempting to chew on. So for her safety and my shoes’ safety, they go in a closet.

When Lily is the only dog, she is so happy and loving. She sits nicely and waits for a full pet with body hug. This girl of action is ready for a home that is puppy proofed with a strong leader who can stay consistent and calm.

April 24

This morning Lily went to the vet to confirm that she has heartworm and to see how far it has progressed. She started her antibiotics and started the journey to becoming a healthy dog. In other news, EVERYONE loved her and she loved EVERYONE. This dog loves to cuddle and get hugs and pets. She just flops over or sits on top of you to get the best affection. Lily was a rockstar for blood work, microchip insertion, AND x-rays! One of the busiest bodies I know and she held still for three x-rays.

Here are two videos of Lily entertaining herself:
Lily with her treat ball once all the treats are gone: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZ7-0SGczWc\
Lily with a ball: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Occq6up2ty8
This isn’t how she is all the time, but I find her very entertaining!

April 22

It’s my sixth full day in foster care and I’m learning the rules little by little. I know the human got really excited yesterday when I spent some time checking out the neighborhood and chewing on a bone (see pictures). She said something like, “OMG, you can be calm outside of your crate!” I just want to give everyone all my attention and love, is that so bad?

I like to play ball by myself and with the other dog. I just throw it to myself and run after it. Sometimes I slip or run into things but I’m used to being a little klutzy; it’s what makes me seem like such a puppy. Did anyone tell you about my super soft fur? It’s amazing. I would be super happy in any home but I may like being the only dog so I can get full pets and attention from the human. A few times she has put the other dogs away so it’s just us. This is when I’m calmer for face rubs and when I entertain myself the most with the ball. I like other dogs though. I don’t get mad at anyone; I just like to tell them what the rules are. If they disagree, I say “okay fine, but do you want to keep playing.”

I met some neighbors and they think I’m so sweet even when I jumped on them. My foster human told me “off” and enforced the rule of no jumping. I know how to sit and wait for my crate to be opened. I know how to sit and wait to go for walks. I know how to be quiet in my crate when it’s time for bed.

I came from Texas not liking crates but now I understand why they are good for me. Every time I go in, there are great treats and food. The last couple days I have gone in and haven’t tried to run out. I also would like to report that I stopped stepping in the water dish. She had it in a place that I would knock over so then there would be water everywhere. I don’t understand what’s wrong with that but she moved it to the corner of the room so it doesn’t get in my way.

You should also know that my recall is AWESOME! When we are outside playing, I am the first one to run into the house when called and I’m the first one to come over to get my harness on for a walk. I’m cool that way.

April 18

On Monday, Lily flew from a Texas to Wisconsin to start her new life. She was a stray that had been in a shelter when a coordinator with Pilots and Paws saw her and connected Lily to our rescue. The pilots volunteered their time and planes to get her north. She is a two year old, mix who is heartworm positive.

When I picked her up from the airport after her long day of travel, the pilot said she did great. She sat on the seat next to him for the hour-long flight (last of five flights) and looked around. Once she got to her temporary foster home, she seemed a bit stressed but did a great job meeting my two dogs. It was late and time for bed. Since she isn’t fond of crates, I thought it would be a loud night but we all got a full night’s quiet sleep.

Lily is finding her place. In the last three days she has evolved as she has become more calm. She loves human pets. She gets jealous when I pet the other dogs so that’s something we are working on. She jumps out of happiness and when stressed. The squirt bottle has been a great teacher. She has really limited her jumping and you can see her thinking about it. There have been a few arguments between her and the resident dog. She pecks at him and gets in his face when trying to herd him. He tolerates it most of the time but snaps at her from time to time and she backs off. Yesterday there was a decent fight, no damage but she has definitely realized he can mean business.

She now knows what a mirror is. The first time the door closed to expose the full length mirror she walked into the door, couldn’t figure out what stopped her, tried again, and figured it out. Pretty cute.

Leash walking is improving every day. She doesn’t pull; she just moves around a lot but that could be excitement and the varying speeds of three dogs on leashes.

I brought the dog toy box out last night and Lily was excited to rummage through it. Balls seem to be her favorite. She tried to get the others to chase her and it worked a little. With Lily’s heartworm positive so condition, she will have reduced activity while undergoing treatment over the next few months. She is a high energy dog that is looking for a human who has the patience and determination for training a jumpy, bossy gal.