Monday, June 8, 2009

Alice and Alba Update

Well, the gals were supposed to go to an adoption event this past weekend, but that didn't happen.

They had a check-up with the vet last week, and he discovered that they still have mange. :( That means that, before they can go to any events (or even be around other animals), they have another four-week course of treatment. Poor puppies! The do seem to be more comfortable, though--in addition to the mange medication, the vet also gave us some anti-itch meds.

I'd like to tell everyone a bit more about the puppies' personalities. Alice is brave and rambunctious, and likes to chew! She has lots and lots of chew toys to be sure that she doesn't get into anything bad. I have noticed, though, that if I'm sitting on the couch with bare feet, she likes to nibble my toes. (Apparently dogs have a thing for my feet. Belle liked to chew on my toes, too. I'm pretty sure that this is not flattering.) Fortunately, she doesn't bite down, hard, but it's pretty startling to suddenly feel...something...gnawing on my exposed toes when I'm not paying attention! Alice does have a tendency to dominate her sister. She has a very excited and inquisitive personality.

Alba is the quiet, shy one. She is still a bit timid, and she startles easily. She gets happy and excited, too, but tends to settle down quickly. She lets her sister bully her sometimes, and it seems like she's more of a follower. Alba is a good listener, and I suspect is going to be the easier of the two to train. Like all puppies, Alba likes to chew, but she's not as aggressive in seeking out chewies as Alice is. She is a sweet, loving dog.

Both of these girls are going to make wonderful pets when they find their permanent home! I suspect that they'll do better in the long run if they're adopted separately; I think that will allow them to develop their personalities without being too influenced by each other. I think that being separate will help Alice calm down and Alba become more bold.

Let's hope that the find a forever home soon!


Heidi said...

Sorry to hear about the mange! But at least they are getting better.

I think your point about them being adopted separately is interesting--and you are probably right about it being better for them. (And might up their chances of being adopted?) But--even never having met them--I felt a lump in my throat just thinking about them getting separated!

Kate said...

I know just what you mean, Heidi! It's hard for me to think about them being separated, too--as far as we know, they've been together for all their lives up to now. My reasoning is based on their behavior as individuals and together. Alice tends to be hyperactive and kind of bullies Alba; Alba is skittish and timid and lets Alice bully her. I've noticed in times that--for example--Alice is out on a walk and Alba is home, Alba starts to explore more & be bolder. And when Alice is in while Alba is out, she gets a bit quieter and better behaved. So, even though it makes me sad to think about separating them, I think it could be the best thing for them in the long run.

Heidi said...

Hey Kate--I almost posted another comment just below my original comment emphasizing how I am sure you are right about them doing better separately. It will be hard at first, but I bet they'll do just fine!

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