Monday, April 21, 2008

Quick Update

Once again, I've been slacking on the blog updates (I'm SO sorry - really!) but I wanted to give a few quick updates before the next round of photos (which will be tonight - I promise!).

Bella turned 8 months almost 2 weeks ago, on April 8th. She's almost 32" tall and weighs in at a whopping 102 pounds! We're in triple digits now, folks! She's been doing great with her obedience class and takes her test to pass Obedience II tomorrow. She'll also be taking her Canine Good Citizen test next Tuesday, so everyone out there, keep your fingers and paws crossed that we all do well on that! She's got everything down except the "Accepting a friendly stranger" and "reacting to another dog" tests (only because she wants to lick the friendly stranger and play with the other dog). Dad and Bella have been working very hard on those two pieces, so when she passes, Dad also deserves a big pat on the back.

Healthwise, our big girl is doing great! Our vet referred us to a doggie ophthalmologist since she'd been having some eye issues, and her right eye appears to be sunken in a little more than the left, which concerned us. Happily for all of us, the doc gave her a clean bill of eye health, and said she's perfectly fine. She said that since Bella is still growing, she may not have "grown into" her face just yet, or she just might have deep-set eyes, and that it's really nothing to worry about. She did suggest that we give her some moisturizing eye drops every day, and it seemed to give her some relief last night, so we may be on to something! She'd also been eating a ton of grass lately, and after researching it and asking our awesome doggie daycare lady, found that it might be due more to the grass being fresh and new (it is springtime here, after all!) than her having an upset stomach. We also decided to supplement her dry food with some fruits & veggies to give her some added nutrients, in case she was eating grass for that reason. We're happy to report that as of the last few days, our pup is no longer an herbivore, thought she has taken a liking to green beans.

Photos are coming tonight - Bella had lots of fun on Saturday with her pal Jackson, a rescued Rhodesian Ridgeback, and we've got the pics to prove it! Hope everyone has a great day out there!


Paula said...

Personally, I don't think any dane ever "grows into his face". LOL. I keep teasing Savvy that he needs a facelift!

Jenn & Billy said...

So glad to hear she is in good health. I can't wait for her and Malu to meet. That will be funny. So far Malu doesn't seem to scared by bigger dogs!

Abbey said...

Sounds like shes doing great, Chels is coming in at 25inches for 5 months, so is good to know what Im in for at 8 months... She also loves beans & carrots