This is ONE of my favorite pics of Ray (I have many!!!!).
Not only does he have soft floppy ears and a lovely proportioned face (well I think so!), but he has such thought provoking eyes. What was he thinking?
The photograph was taken in September 2013, so he had known us for six months. He was also on 50mg of Clomipramine/day (later changed to 40mg of Fluoxitine/day) … so he was probably not thinking too clearly about anything.
Regular readers will know that we have been reducing Ray’s meds very slowly for quite some time now. He is currently on 20mg/day and, as at a week ago when he was due for another reduction, we decided to keep him on 20mg while we monitored him for a while longer.
This weekend is a holiday weekend here, and last night we heard fireworks going off at regular intervals, some of which seemed to be very close to us. Ray slept through most of them, but even when he was awake, he showed no signs of any concern and his breathing was normal.
His walks down town have recently presented circumstances that put me on alert as to how he would react – being greeted by more than one dog at a time – an uninvited human hand touching him as the hand’s owner walked passed him – children leaping around in front of him. He handled all those circumstances with apparent ease.
Yesterday (Carol had the leash), we were approaching a very large (130lbs+) German Shepherd and its demeanor just did not seem right to me. Rather than have Ray pass close to it, I positioned myself such that I would be between them. We were almost totally passed the GSD when it suddenly lunged and barked at Ray! It caught me my surprise, as I was just thinking that it had been uneventful. Carol advised me later that I jumped when it reacted!
How did Ray do? He did better than me! He just carried on with his walk and, apart from glancing over at the GSD, seemed totally disinterested and unconcerned.
Given these recent events, and many others this past week where Ray has really shown great self-control, as well as open and friendly interest in anybody who is remotely likely to have treats on them ( I am sure that he can scent a dog-owner from miles away!), we have decided that when we run out of 20mg capsules in a week’s time, we will continue with 10mg capsules.
Dear Ray, we are slowly learning who you really are, as I am sure you must be. Be proud of yourself.