A few weeks ago, Maisy had a follow up appointment with our veterinary behaviorist, Dr. Margaret Duxbury. I almost forgot to post about it because it was a pretty anticlimactic visit. Unlike past visits, where I've come armed with logs and graphs and charts and videos, I didn't have much to show her. Maisy is... well, pretty much normal.
I brought two videos as proof of her normalcy. The first is of her playing with other dogs. Maisy loves the little white and brown dog, and plays with her often, but while she has met the Aussie before, they've never played together.
The second video made Dr. Duxbury incredibly happy. The video looks like nothing- it's just the three of them lying around- and it's that nothingness that makes it so wonderful. Those of you have followed Maisy and I since the beginning know that this ability to relax was nonexistent only two years ago.
We chatted for a bit during the appointment, and as we did, Maisy simply laid down at my feet. Again, that sounds like nothing, but it's such a huge deal for a dog who was constantly restless and hypervigilant. (Here's a link to the before and after videos I posted last year.)
At the end of the appointment, Dr. Duxbury gave me a choice: I could either transfer Maisy's care back to our primary vet, or I could choose to do annual visits with her. I chose annual visits. I'd like to maintain the relationship we have in case things deteriorate in the future.
It's been twenty months since we first met Dr. Duxbury, and I am really just so happy that we did. Like she said, Maisy was the ideal candidate for medication, and she has responded beautifully to treatment. I will always be incredibly grateful to Dr. Duxbury for her kindness, her compassion, and her expertise. It has made such a difference in both Maisy's life and my own.