It's so wonderful to come to this thread and see how far our pups have come over the last year! If the new people who are just starting to see emerging teenage behavior read back at all our struggles they will have written documentation that there is hope!! - either that or they will run away with their eyes shut and their fingers in their ears screaming la-la-la at the sometimes harsh reality of it all!!
I am so very happy for you Barb that Tayla did well! baby steps
have not left Bryley alone in the house when we are both gone. He is frequently left in the house when just my husband is here with him and the husband is doing stuff outside. Bryley has been alone then for over 1/2 hour with not problem in that circumstance. That should give me some confidence but it doesn't. Bryley knows someone is home and most times he can even look out the window to see my husband. Someday....
What Katie wrote about the adult brain cells making their way to the surface
it made me laugh and nod at the same time! Bryley has finally turned into the great dog that I knew he could be and I will love for ever and ever and ever!!
I think Katie's Tucker and my Bryley may be brothers from another mother! Your description of your evening together are spot on. All day Bryley can be pretty mellow but come evening- hold on to your hats! He has no interest in relaxing or napping when I want to watch Downton Abbey!!!! He stands and stares unflinchingly into my eyes willing me to move to get my coat and get a move on! It works. Every time.
I have no advise for you Michelle since I have not been in your situation but I just want to say how happy I am for you and your husband! I am sure Koda will do wonderfully because you are so devoted and concerned for her you will do everything you can to make Koda always feel like number 1!!
PS~ Monday is was 2 years since my boy Bailey left my side. I still have his picture and a snip of his fur (in a little bag) out and when I dust I hold the photo and sometimes 'pet' it and then I inhale the fur- which smells like dust, but whatever. Bailey was really a gentle guy and just so easy. I still miss him.