At home - where she was her most relaxed - the changes are more subtle, but still noticeable. She looks more relaxed; her brow is not furrowed all the time. She lazes about more stretched out instead of curled in a ball. She no longer gets up in the middle of the night. She is MUCH more okay with being by herself (e.g., being crated in a different room than a person).
She doesn't chase the cat for no reason. She guards food less often and less intensely from Snowball. Her resource guarding has never been extreme (they've only scuffled twice, both times over someone very high value that they were BOTH guarding). She used to stare Snowball down if he walked into the room while she was eating; now when he enters, he gets just a brief glance.
Finally.... this past week she stopped shaking for a couple of minutes while in the car on our way to class. This is the first time in six months that she's stopped shaking for more than a few seconds. I have no doubt we're on the right path to Ida's best self, but now I have a glimmer of hope that we'll also be able to deal with this car thing too.
Since Ida will be "trapped" at home for the next several months, I'm going to try doing more things
|Photo credit to Shae Grismer.|