With her hands in her pockets, Jillian, a Labrador Retriever, walks into her house to greet her neighbor’s dog.
But it’s not the first time Jillian has had to answer questions about her behavior.
Jillian is a little nervous.
She is not used to being around people.
She was adopted when she was six months old.
Jillians father is a retired fire fighter and he is worried about her health.
His wife, Tricia, was diagnosed with cancer last year.
He has a family and a job that takes up a lot of his time.
Jill has a hard time getting out of bed.
Her right arm is in her lap.
And she has been sleeping in her car.
“You think she’s asleep but she’s not,” Jillian’s mother, Lisa, tells her.
“She’s always asleep.
She’s not sleeping.”
Jillian was diagnosed at age seven with leukemia.
She has had chemotherapy, radiation and chemotherapy for the past seven years.
Her tumors have spread to her spine, her lungs and her liver.
She also has an abnormal lymph node that’s causing her to have trouble getting enough oxygen to her lungs.
She needs to be put on a ventilator to breathe normally.
“I’ve never seen this before,” Jillians doctor says.
Jill is not averse to getting out and about.
But Jillian does have some limits.
She will not jump on anything that moves.
She does not like going outside.
She prefers to stay in her room.
And her eyes are a little green.
Lisa says her son has been struggling with his allergies for the last two years.
He is allergic to the pollen from his trees.
Jill and Tricia want to do more to get him used to the outdoors.
But Lisa says they also need to make sure that Jillian stays home.
“If I put her outside and I’m not sure what she’s doing, then I don’t know what’s going on with her,” she says.
“And if she’s really getting into it, I don.
If I’m going to go out and see a movie, then she needs to go to the movies.”
The doctor has a few ideas for what to do.
He suggests Jillian take a walk.
“We can keep Jill out of the house and out of a lot more stuff and make sure she is well monitored and she’s in a comfortable position,” he says.
He also suggests that Jillians family and friends should be careful not to give Jillian a hard ride.
“Don’t give her a hard kick,” Lisa says.
Lisa wants Jillian to feel comfortable.
“Jillian is a very sensitive dog,” she adds.
For now, Jill’s family says they are happy with their new, calm, loving, dog. “
That’s what people don’t understand about her, that she’s like that because she’s sensitive to people.”
For now, Jill’s family says they are happy with their new, calm, loving, dog.
Jill will need regular checks and will be checked by a vet again in six months.