Xena made her first trip to our vet yesterday and did rather well. When I got Xena, they told me not to separate Xena from her mentor dog, Rozie, but because it was 87 degrees and my fear of being unable to handle two dogs in the event that Xena would decide to go up the walls to escape, I decided to go against this advice and left Rozie at home. Xena got in and out of the car without protest and flattened herself to the floor staying there for the duration. The appointment was a "well-puppy" visit and to get a prescription for valium to help her through thunderstorms. Instead, we left with a prescription for a yeast infection in her ears, Golden Retrievers are prone to ear infections because their ears droop preventing air circulation. The vet nixed valium and opted for a medication that is not a narcotic or an anti-depressant, but was developed for dogs exhibiting nervousness or stress as a result of the environment -- in other words, just for Xena. She has had two doses and I must say, she is a little less skittish. Right now, she is sleeping in the middle of the floor without the protection of something over her head or against her sides, a totally new experience. I am keeping my fingers crossed that this medication is going to help Xena master the art of being a dog and loving it.