Then who should come in but our friend, Dr. Sarah Silcox! We hadn't seen Dr. Silcox since she used to come to our house to care for Misty in her late stages of bone cancer. Nothing so dramatic today!
Dr. Silcox explained this is the time of stupid bees... after a few quite warm days, bees have been out foraging again, but when the weather turns cold at night, our cold blooded friends don't do as well. They slow down and get stuck in back yards where curious retriever noses come in for a sniff. "We're usually not lucky enough to find a stinger but this seems to be what's going on." Some injections of benadryl and a steroid and we were on our way. Right now, Piper is sleeping the sleep of benadryl -- which is better than her pawing and clawing at her red, swollen eyes.
ON THE PREPARATION FOR THERAPY DOG EVALUATION FRONT: I received a lot of welcomed advice from seasoned Therapeutic Paws of Canada handlers, like Barb Kelly and Piper's breeder, Judy Stewart about Piper's timid behaviour at the Seniors' Residence. Based on that, I borrowed a walker and cane (thanks, Michele Peddle!) and brought out my crutches and Piper is slowly being exposed to these mobility aids (and big hats and sunglasses). We're taking it really slow -- even though I hate being patient! But it's important for the dog to enjoy doing therapy work and as much as Piper loves people and runs to them in the dog park, she was not enjoying the proximity to mobility devices. So, we're taking all the time we need to build an exceptional therapy dog... and as Dr. Silcox said, Piper "has big shoes to fill."