Sunday, September 2, 2012

Leo Update

It has been a couple of weeks since I've posted anything much about my baby.
The last time I took him to the vet, he got a clean bill of health. The x-rays came back clean and there is no longer any infection or pneumonia or anything of that nature so finally after a year of various antibiotics, we are FINALLY drug free.

With this diagnosis, I decided that it was time to get him more socialized with other dogs as well as get some regular exercise. I have been having a dog walker come twice a day while I was at the office to come to the house, let him out of his crate, play with him, feed him, etc. However, he still had tons of energy when I would come home....me not so much, so I would distract him with treats that would occupy his time. He started putting on some weight, a lot of weight....he was becoming a chunk like his mamma. Therefore, between the need for exercise, socializing, and plain old wearing out, I determined that it was time to start Doggie Daycare.

His first day was great. I showed up at the place with all of his paperwork and left him there for about 6 hours. When I went to pick him up, he was thrilled to see me and jumped into the backseat of the car without issue (any other time I have to lift him up into the car as he just doesn't quite have the gumption to get in on his own). We came home and after dinner he passed out. He slept the majority of the next day as well and if he wasn't asleep, he was just pretty relaxed staring off into space. There was none of the constant need for mamma's attention. That sold me on taking him back, which we have continued to do. In fact, he has been enjoying it so much last week that I went ahead and cancelled my dog walker.

The funny thing about the daycare...when we first arrived the folks at the front desk were all excited and called Leo, "Z.." until they started talking to me and I gave them a confused look and told them that his name was Leo. They responded with "Wow, we have another dog that looks just like him, but is a girl...and wow, she has the exact same collar as well, but her's is pink (Leo's is blue)." So, a couple of days later, when I dropped him off, Z (I call her Z because I swear the ladies at the daycare were calling her Zeke, but that is a boy's name, so I'm thinking I must have misheard and don't want to ask) was already there and I went and got some pictures.

She is a little fined boned (he is a total tank) and her ears don't stand up quite as much, but they really do look almost exactly alike. The daycare folks said that her owners got her at the McKinney ASPCA and since Leo was found wandering the neighborhood here in McKinney, I have a strong feeling that they may have come from the same litter, so I say Leo have found his long lost sister. They get along really great at daycare. The handlers say that she is a little more interested in him than he is in her, but isn't that typical of pre-teen boys?

Just for fun, here are some more pictures of my baby....
The bone is behind you....

Really?!? Another show on HGTV? Let's watch the Animal Planet. 

I can almost reach....

What's that?!?

Mom - Are you about done? 

Hanging out with the fabric

6 comments:

Jane said...

Love the idea of doggy.day care

Joanne said...

He is so cute! What doggie daycare are you using? Pogo is always really hyper too but has calmed down a lot in her "old age."

Jay said...

My granddog is so cute!!! Glad to know about the clean bill of health...and that he has found some family!!!

SAngRiA Smiles said...

awwwwwwwww. he looks like a happy boy! I am so glad he's able to go to doggie day care - it has to be great for him and his mama. that is amazing about his long lost sis. FATE

SAngRiA Smiles said...

Z's owner isn't a nice single guy maybe? :)

Diane said...

Awwe he has a sister. Leo is so cute!