By Suzanne Quick
This morning came around way too quickly. My efforts to treat the dogs with some raw chicken necks (my other dogs love them) were rewarded with a round of diarrhea. Ugh! Everyone seems fine now.
Joe is still sequestered in the crate, he doesn’t seem to want to come out, and I am not going to force him. Ralphie had his first free play experience in my back yard. He’ll come out of the crate on his own but won’t venture too far. I picked him up to take him out and carried him to the yard. When I placed him on the ground he went into an all out frolic running nose to nose with my Standard Poodle. No easy feat for a dog that is only 6 inches at the withers. After a short romp, he was happy to return to Joe, check on things and flop down for a nap. I think Ralphie tires quickly since he’s not used to running around. He’ll build up some stamina I hope as we go along.
A little concerned about Joe’s lack of interest in leaving the crate. While Ralphie is out, Joe barks the entire time and seems a little stressed. Tomorrow I think I will try to lure him out with a squeaky toy since he is so enamored of them. I just want him to get out and smell the flowers.
More to come.
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