Maxx Update - Almost 30 Days
Maxx has put on 5# since he's been here! I think I mentioned that his spine and hip bones were prominent when he arrived. He's still got a few pounds to go (I'm thinking about 5 more) and he'll look like a champ! He has taken to eating raw like he was born to do it (hmm, maybe he was?!). He doesn't care for peanut butter but loves to work the treats out of empty Pepsi bottles and other treat-hiding toys.
He and Ezra are getting on fine. Late afternoons, Maxx is happy to have Ez go to his crate for "down time" because Ezra bugs him to death wanting to play 24/7. Many times, Maxx will walk in circles and Ez follows along. I wonder if Maxx is doing it just to see how long Ez will follow him around the dining room.
Maxx is still taking off out the door every chance he gets - and Ezra is following him! I had to get in the car to chase them down a few days ago and caught up to them just as they were going to "greet" a nice lady walking her terrier. She was holding her dog in her arms with eyes as big as saucers. I apologized profusely and of course, both boys jumped in the car and put their heads down. There's almost nothing I hate more than strange dogs running up to mine, so when mine are the culprits, I feel SO bad. We've started to work on going to the "Matt" (ie "place") when the doorbell rings. Having 2 teenagers and being the house of choice for half the middle school to hang out means lots of door opening & closing. Send me positive vibes. Poor Maxx has been in 5 homes since December so it'll take him a while to feel like this is 'home'.
We went to the private dog park: once with just me which was pretty stressful and once with hubby and I that was MUCH more fun. Maxx's recall was better and he looked to us for direction on which way to go on walking trails. Long way to go, but better, indeed.
I'm a little afraid that Ez is bonding with Maxx in a way that is detrimental to my leadership. I'm working on a plan to get Ez off by himself more (but that's hard to do since Maxx doesn't like to be alone).
All in all, I'm still feeling good about things. Maxx feels very much like a part of the family and we love him. Ezra would be lost without him. I'm starting to feel like I might too.
Caretaker of Ezra the Wonder Dog &
Maxx, Pooch Extraordinnaire