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From Whiskey's new owners:

Whiskey's first few days with us have been wonderful. Aside from tearing up his dog bed, he's been a gentleman in the house. He tried to get on the couch a few times but he now knows what 'Off' means and hasn't tried it anymore.

We made the mistake of getting a crate that was a tad too small, so he really didn't like it. I've just ordered the size up so hopefully we can start crate training soon. He doesn't mind when one of us leaves the apartment, but it'll be a different story when we're both gone.

The first day he paced around the apartment a bit, but by Sunday he was content to lie around in whatever room we happen to be in. Right now he follows us whenever we move from room to room. He'll get a little excited, and pace around and then quickly settles down. Because of the crate fiasco we've had him sleeping on the floor of our bedroom and he's been sleeping through the night without any problems. His favourite spot in the house is right next to wherever I happen to be.

He's been enjoying his walks and doesn't pull too much, unless he sees a squirrel! We've run into a few friends on walks and he's been very polite, sitting and waiting to be pat. We've even taken him to the tennis courts late at night to let him run around. So far in that situation he comes when we call.

He hasn't been jumping much since he's been in the house. Only a few times when he gets really really excited, but we try to calm him down and stop that behaviour.

I have noticed the country boy in him, he can get quite nervous in public. Adam ran into the store while I stayed outside with Whiskey and he got quite jittery with all the sounds of the big city. We're trying to get him more accustomed to city life little by little.

I took him to the vet yesterday, and all the staff commented on how gentle he is. I mentioned noticing him licking his groin a lot and it turns out he has a mild penis infection. So he get's a 'Wash' once a day for the next two weeks now and after that he should be fine.

I'll keep you posted with his progress!

5 Comments to “Update on Whiskey”

  1. Anonymous says:

    What a wonderful happy smile Whiskey has! And why not, sounds as if he has been chosen by some very good owners who are making sure he has a good life! And who can resist those skittering squirrels? Hope his "washes" solve his problem soon!

  2. GoLightly says:

    Awww, what a sweet face! How lucky he is, sounds like everything is slowly happening as it should. A period of adjustment is inevitable. He'll soon realize how safe he is!
    Thanks for the update!

  3. lindsay says:

    What a sweetheart! Sounds like you're going to have some separation anxiety to deal with when you both start leaving. Don't give up!

  4. t says:

    We just adopted a Boxer/Old English Bulldog cross who sounds so similar to Whiskey! Gentle, calm, loves to be with us.. but we have been dealing with jumpiness when he is on a main street so we have been trying to introduce it little by little. The jumpiness seems to be connected to a bit of a confidence issue, so we have to distract him with plenty of rawhide/chewy bones while we exit the house or else he cries the entire time, fixated.
    Training and setting boundaries have started to help, too. Best wishes with Whiskey!

  5. Kimberley says:

    He's absolutely beautiful! Reiki can help with any anxiety. It's wonderfully gentle. Enjoy your lovely guy.

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