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A Behavioral Bonus – Lilly’s Adverse Vaccine Reaction

I know I’ve been griping a lot about the struggles of dealing with Lilly’s recovery, but I have one odd-but-good behavioral change we’ve seen.

Lilly now plays tug MUCH more than she ever did. Before her illness, I blamed myself for not introducing tug to Lilly early enough. She would tug … but not with much gusto.

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These days, though, when she brings a plush dog toy 9 times out of 10, she wants to play tug rather than fetch. Don’t get me wrong. Lilly still LOVES fetch, but she suddenly finds tug much more interesting.

Maybe it’s because:

  • Her vision still hasn’t fully recovered.
  • She wants to be close to us.
  • She is a little weak / tired.

Honestly, I don’t know for sure. But, it’s an interesting, perhaps-even-happy outcome from this big, rotten mess.

Roxanne Hawn

Trained as a traditional journalist and based in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, USA, I'm a full-time freelance writer for magazines, websites, and private clients. My areas of specialty include everything in the lifestyles arena, including health and home, personal finance and other consumer interests, relationships and trends, people and business profiles ... and, of course, all things pet related. I don't just love dogs. I need them in my life. Seriously.

Jennifer - March 29, 2012

Most medications have warnings that come along with them, and people who take medications need to make sure that they follow the instructions.
For example, some medications need to be taken with food in order to minimize the chances of nausea. Some medications recommend that you stay out of the sun, as the medication will cause someone to burn easily. Some medications will have a list of other medications that are not to be taken together.
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Tamara - March 22, 2012

There are bound to be ‘changes’ from all this. It was quite a scare! Glad there are good changes to counteract some of the scarier ones 🙂

LeeAnne McAdam - March 22, 2012

All things considered, it doesn’t seem to me that you’ve griped very much at all, but I’m glad to hear you’re seeing something positive from things. Go, team Lilly!

Living Large - March 22, 2012

Glad to read there is something positive coming out of all of this, Roxanne!

Bassetmomma - March 22, 2012

Funny the positive little things that are slowly coming out! Nice to hear!
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Eileen - March 22, 2012

That’s lovely to hear 🙂
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