Wow! what a lot to catch up on!
The puppies are adorable. I will never understand how people think it is ok to dump them...
Back to the giving pills for a moment. I just want to share what has always worked for me for the fussiest of pill takers. I start with three bits of a pill pocket, one with the pill, two with nothing. For the first couple of doses I give a nothing bit first, the pill second and another nothing to follow. I then back it off to only two bits, pill first and treat second. I have never met a dog who didn't want all I have in my hand, they gulp the pill and take the treat. Now after four years of giving our bulldog a vanectlylP (a form of prednisone) twice a day, every other day, she just takes the pill pocket with the pill in it with no problem, gulp, gone.
Duck, for Taco, who might be on prednisone for life, you might want to ask if eventually he could have it every other day. I was told that it is less hard on their system and seems to do the same job. Our last bullie developed Cushings Disease - they said it was because of the prednisone. She was a mess, with large patches of fur falling out, very crusty skin, etc. We had to get her off the prednisone which had kept her skin problems sort of at bay. Through a lot of research, I started giving her melatonin (it regulates hormones, is a relaxer - people take it to be able to get to sleep) and it worked in relaxing her skin and her coat grew back! When I took her back to the vet to show him, he was blown away by her 'recovery'.