Kismet has been with us for 4 months now and is thriving.
We wouldn’t know she was a “special needs” dog (well, except for the vet bills, but we knew what we were getting into!). She seems perfectly normal on a day to day basis, and recent prognoses from vets is that they think her heart problems, while still significant, fall more into the category of “moderate,” versus the “severe” we thought we were starting with.
We have seen our regular vet plus the cardio/ultrasound specialist and are on a follow-up schedule for periodic observation. The doc cleared Kismet for a spay, so we had that done in August. She hated being kept idle at home for 10 days, but managed the e-collar just fine.
There’s a photo attached from today, and one taken in the same place when she had just arrived — she’s grown a lot! At 8 months she weighs in at about 53 pounds, so we’re thinking she may top out on the smaller side, at about 60-65. There are a couple of other photos attached showing her doing her favorite things (other than sleeping and swimming, that means chewing and chasing).
Behavior training practice has fallen by the wayside a bit since we finished our class in July. My husband keeps up far better than I do, and Kismet is a Daddy’s Girl as a result. I need to break out the treat bag and the clicker for some practice! I suppose being able to ease back on the training a bit is some indication that she has adapted well to life here with us and has sound good manners.
All’s well & we’re glad she’s part of our pack.