I called the vet this morning, and we'll take Sadie to see him tomorrow at 11 AM. I was concerned when I called, because her cough and sneezing seemed to be even worse than ever... although she was eating fine, and playing. We'll also get her started on her heartworm meds, and we'll leave her vaccination records with her doctor.
After the phone call, when Cliff and I took her out for a walk, it was as though she had been touched by a miracle: All of a sudden she frolicked and jumped, and ran circles around us as we walked in the pasture. I had to be firm with her because, a couple of times, she decided it would be fun to growl and grab at my pants leg while I was walking. I'm telling you, she was a totally different dog! And has remained so. I guess today was the turning point in her kennel cough problem.
We put her in Mandy's old pen while we went shopping; she's been there three times now, and doesn't seem to mind... just watches until we get some distance away, then crawls on her pillow.
At Walmart I found a bed I figured would at least fit her (Cliffs says it's ugly), grabbed a couple of toys and a box of treats, and hoped she'd like what I bought. As I told Cliff, you never know what any given dog is going to want to play with.
She liked everything I bought her, but she LOVES that purple stuffed doggy (I was just informed it's a mouse; OK, whatever.). In picture number three, you see she has it in her bed. She took it there herself, then laid down and put her head on it. You can bet I'll buy her more toys, now that I know she appreciates them.
At first she wanted nothing to do with her new bed, but when I put a rug on top of it, one she's been using to lay on, the bed was instantly accepted.
And she is hardly coughing at all.