Saturday , 25 November 2017

Stanley’s Road to Recovery – Simple Pleasures








 It’s official, Stanley has pep in his step!  After a few weeks of a regular food routine, some special probiotics for his stomach and a quiet place to sleep Stanley is ready to explore the world.  So for the last 3 day we’ve been able to go for much longer walks then we were doing in the past.  Today he walked from Monkland Village to Montreal West and he wasn’t even tired when we arrived. He is completely passed out right now though, snoring his little face off.  Getting him out for longer walks mean getting to meet more people on the street and he is always met with fascination and sometimes a little laughter. 

If Stanley got a dollar for every time someone says “What a face” he could afford to buy his own fancy dog food.  He is looking better everyday, however, the size of his face still puts the rest of his body to shame and he could really benefit from a nice coat of fur.  It will come in good time.
We had a couple of exciting firsts this week, starting with the first time I saw Stanley run.  It really came out of nowhere, we were walking along at a normal pace and he just got excited and starting running.  It was awesome to see him having the energy to pick up the pace and be spontaneous. He seems so much happier these days.  The next exciting first was Stanley finally taking an interest in toys.  In the last few weeks he was looking at toys, slightly curious but never really bothered with them.  Earlier this week I handed him a blue rubber bone and he immediately scooped it up in his mouth and it disappeared into his giant squishy face.  He also figured out how to hold on to it and chew on it.  I’ve always held a very strict no toys, treats, etc on the couch but since it was a first I made an exception.  Which brings us to his last first, first week of crate training!  Now that he’s learning to be home alone in his “house” he’ll be enjoying his meals, treats & toys in his crate to make it a more inviting environment.  Lucky for me he LOVES food so running into the crate is no problem for him.  He’s doing fantastic in the crate, he doesn’t appear to bark when home alone and when I come home he’s usually asleep.  He’s even pretty calm coming out of the crate and he’s learning quickly that sitting calmly when I get home is a great way to get out of the crate faster. 

When I run into people on the street and they ask about Stanley they always say very nice things to me about how nice it is that I’m taking care of him and how lucky he is.  It is true that he’s lucky to have someone looking after him but I’m not sure they realize how much of a pleasure it is for me to have him around.  In a time when I am still very much missing my dog Tyson, he has been a great comfort and distraction.  My obsession with his health, diet & training has kept my mind off of feeling sad and his little mannerism remind me in different ways of Tyson which also reminds me that there is a little Tyson in every dog.  I rescued Tyson when I was 19 years old, he was being neglected and he was only 6 month old.  Taking him home that day was an impulsive decision, I wouldn’t recommend any 19 year old pick up a dog without really thinking about it but in my case it worked out.  I became the dog owner I needed to be to give Tyson a great life and it literally changed my path in life.  So when I walk into my living room expecting to see Tyson, forgetting he is gone there is a moment where my heart sinks but then I see Stanley, wagging his little tail, lounging in the living room I’m reminded that the best way I can remember Tyson is to help give other dogs the second chance that he had.  Tyson was a really happy dog, he loved everything and everyone, it’s true of lots of dogs and it’s true of Stanley. 

He hasn’t always had it easy but rather then being sad about the past he’s thrilled about everything good that happens everyday.  It’s one of the many things I love about dogs, in a busy world it’s easy to get caught up in the details of the day and to harp on the negative but when I look at Stanley wagging his tail so hard his whole body is bending in half, doing a celebration dance because he’s about to eat one cup of dry kibble I’m reminded that it’s really important to take time to enjoy every moment of life, no matter how simple.
Tara Garland
“In rescuing animals, I lost my mind, but found my soul.” ~anonymous

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  1. I know his poor little face is swollen from allergies, but I find it makes him look very distinguished and stoic. Sort of like he needs a top hat and a monocle and he’d be the talk of Wall Street. 😉

    Thanks for the updates, Stanley has won my heart over completely.

  2. Gorgeous boy. He’s looking better each post. So good to see. Kisses, little man!

  3. I’m loving the updates. Thanks for keeping us posted on this little guy.

  4. My heart swells with happiness and love for this little happy he is okay. Wish we could save them all 🙁
    Keep them coming..I truly enjoy watching these transformations…

  5. You are a great person taking care of that poor dog. I’m always anxious to read more on Stanley. And by the way, he looks much better now than when I saw him first.

  6. I met Stanley today for the first time while helping out at the E-Shelter.
    What a sweetheart! A face only a dog lover could love!

  7. I love these updates. Thank you for letting us live vicariously through you, Tara. :]

  8. Very heartwarming to see you taking such good care of the little guy and he looks happier… what did the vet say about his allergies? Has he seen a dermatologist and had skin testing? If he has inhalant allergies as opposed to food allergies, like my dog does, changing his food might help slightly but will not do the trick. My dog is on antihistamines and has desensitizing shots that keep her severe allergies really well under control. But she had to be tested to find out what she was allergic to which is everything under the sun: dust mites, trees, grass and cats…

  9. What kind of food does Stanley eat?

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