February 2010 Update: After her last echocardiogram, the veterinarian said Victoria does not have to return for another six months. That’s good news! Her new family is still working on her obedience training. She will “wait” before going out a door, but she barks the entire time. There was a recent snow storm of 18+ inches. We don’t know if Victoria has ever seen snow before. When it was just 2-3 inches, she could walk through well, but when it piled up to over 12 inches, she did her business in a small shoveled patch of the dog run and wanted to come right back inside (and so did her dog friend, Hunter). We can’t say that we blame them at all!

March 2010 Update: We found out something new about Victoria – she is a very good traveler. Her adoptive family has a home in the mountains and both dogs go with them on their family weekends away. The dogs love it there and especially enjoy the animal smells and the fresh air. The family takes long walks with them down the country roads and it’s a lot of fun for all. Victoria, and her friend Hunter, are certainly bonding more. It’s usually Hunter who puts his head on her back when they are resting together on the couch. The Queen, Victoria that is, seems fine with this. She still bosses him around though. When he gets too excited, she barks at him until he stops!

April 2010 Update: We are happy to report that Victoria is doing well. She loves the large, fenced-in backyard in her loving home. She races the other dog in the household, Hunter, to be first out the gate of the dog run into the yard. She follows Hunter during some of his mad dashes when their adopted mother initiates some play. Her family is so pleased to provide a space where both dogs can get some off-leash exercise while exploring and sniffing out where other animals have been. Victoria focuses intently when she hears or sees birds, in particular. Not surprising for a spaniel!