"...but...do you have any Grey Poupon?"
Loki sure knows how to pull out the handsome when he wants to.
Another friend of mine has two dogs like mine, a full German Shepherd and a Siberian Husky Mix (tho I have the reverse of hers, a German Shepherd Mix and the full Siberian Husky). Anyway, the running joke between us was that our Sibes were like supermodels, very pretty to look at but not very good for much in the "working sense."
In our case, things are starting to reverse themselves. Juno's becoming the fabulous little working dog, and Loki, well, lets just say, it's a darn good thing he's got good looks working for him.
Loki got tested for working in search. He passed but not exactly with flying colors. He uses his visual senses more than his nose. But his drive is high and he can be trained to use his nose. I did the test on Juno at home. I saw her blow right past me in my hiding place and not see me, but her nose caught my scent instantly and she did a 180 degree turn and came right to me. Don't tell Loki. He'll be so pissed!
Juno Pupdate: Juno remains the mysterious Sibe. No bacteria was found in the cultures, but she was already on antibiotics and the tests could be a false negative. Her temp is normal and she continues to improve. However she's still very stiff in the joints. Autoimmune arthritis is not ruled out and is still on the table, however, the doctor is reluctant to treat for it in the case that this is bacterial (because steroids can be fatal for a bacterial infection). So for several months she will be on antibiotics and we'll continue to watch her. If she gets a fever again, we can safely call it autoimmune arthritis and treat for it using steroids.
Here are some photos from her second day home. Do not tell my doctor. I'd be in so much trouble for letting this happen!
"Hey big boy, mom says you have to stay down, but can you resist THIS?"
"Oh ho hum. Nothin' to see here mom. We're not playing or rough-housing. Promise."
"She's gone. Now where were we?"