First, congrats on your 14 lb loss. It's major. You are doing great.
Second- my dog....Dora, an adorable maltese, 10 years old. Originally got her for DS, since I had a cat, the lovely Missy who is unfortunately gone...and kids and cats don't mix that well. However, Dora thinks I am her mother. She clings to me and follows me around, and DS is mildly jealous, but loves her so much, he doesn't mind. Tolerance is his middle name. Dora likes to sit on my shoulder like a baby, or on my lap, sleeps on a pillow next to my bed, and fiercely provides homeland security w all of her 7 lbs. Beware those walking the hallway! Vicious maltese ready to eat them alive.
Recently, she has developed a funny cough and her tonsils are enlarged, which is evidently rare in dogs. She has been on and off antibiotics for 3 months, and is now on aminophyllin for presumed possible mild tracheal collapse. I frankly think the vet has no clue- and he sort of admits it. We are trying for clinical improvement before going the specialist route (that is very expensive).
Another eccentric new feature is that after 10 years of eating the same dry food, she suddenly stopped, and is now on a human diet. More than that, she is now finicky, and we have to give her something different for each meal, otherwise, she gets bored and doesn't eat. Yuck. I indulge her since reasoning w her didn't work out so far. In fact, she gets her own meals cooked for her. We have 1. my sb complient food, 2. ds's very uncompliant diet and 3. Dora's special meals. Often hand fed to her.
She is fluffy, very very smart, knows everything about what is going on. She knows that the intercom phone means someone is coming up, and runs to the door and barks. She know the regular phone is nothing to get excited about. She loves to go on walks, and can tell when I get dressed to go out vs to hang around the house. If she thinks I am going out, she dances on 2 legs and barks, indicating her interest in going w me. She is in a big rush on the way down and away from home, and slows down considerably on the way back once we get near home. She basically understands everything. She knows the grooming woman from FAR away even though she only works on her every 6 weeks or so, and hides under the table as soon as she gets off the elevator on the far end of the corridor, and has to be fished out of there with difficulty.
She is a tender and affectionate little fluff of a dog, and I hope she will be OK, as we all love her a LOT.
How is that for a description?.....You asked...