In general, Shyla isn't improving yet from the side effects of the phenobarbital. However, I am figuring out that she has a window of time each day when she is feeling good enough to have some fun playing with me. I take full advantage of that time!
During that window of time, she has some sparkle in her eyes. She can even balance on one of R's rehab toys while waving at the time of day when the phenobarbital concentration is lowest in her blood.
Look at her eyes as she posed for me. I see Shyla's sweet spirit in those eyes. It's not as intense as usual but it's clear to me that Shyla is in there, just waiting to escape when the adjustment period is over.
And look at her focus in this one - I love that intensity! We had a fun time while she felt good yesterday.