Every mill survivor is different. What works on one or many, will completely fail on another. The only thing that is consistent is that they will need lots of patience, understanding and love. And probably most importantly, acceptance. Unconditional acceptance of what they are capable of giving, and taking. (Bender & Townsend)
I try to be careful not to let ideas about “progress” get in the way of my ability to honestly assess what is best for a dog. Progress can be measured in a lot of ways. Progress for Kira is something as simple as laying calmly in a patch of sunshine for a few minutes.
So here are a few of our highlights from the month of April:
- Kira has decided she loves being out in the yard! She is already braver than she was last year. She likes to follow me around and watch what I’m doing, but she keeps a certain distance between us (this distance is getting smaller!). When I move away, she follows behind. When I move toward her, she retreats. Here is a video:
- Kira plays with Obi and Mocha outside all the time and if one of them doesn’t come back in after pottying, she goes out looking for them so she can “bring them back”, which as a collie makes her very, very happy!
- Kira doesn’t only lay on the couch anymore – she lays all over the living room now. She chews bones and plays with toys in the evenings and sometimes she will roll around playfully in the blankets and bark happily.
And the best thing of all is when Kira is just content and happy and genuinely relaxed!