Monday, January 28, 2013

#RiddickPup Is Forty Three Weeks Old

And he's one week short of ten months old!
This morning on the vet's scale he weighed exactly 30kg and the vet's receptionist is very impressed with how much better he behaves now, compared to when he was younger. He's still very excitable when we go out, but he no longer screams his head off constantly!
He is still getting 210g of Nutriphase Adult twice a day, and he knows EXACTLY when its dinner time! For breakfast time he doesn't need to wait too long because it happens shortly after I wake up and we head downstairs. Dinner time has him standing in front of me (or sitting if we're on our bed), gaaaazing at me, yelling at me with his eyes if I am so much as five minutes late!
I still add water to his bowl of pellets to slow down his eating- he's never learned to eat slowly!
He's well into his adolescence now and misbehaves occasionally, but his teen behaviour isn't as bad as I thought it would be.
His new favourite trick is to run into the bathroom and grab the toilet roll! I do give him the toilet roll inners to chew on and play with when the paper is finished, but if he gets half a chance he grabs a full toilet roll and rips it to shreds! He looks very guilty if you catch him with it and tries to look like he has absolutely no idea what you're talking about! Its very comical.
He gets mischievous when he's outside too. When I let him out the door he first waits to see if I am coming too, and perhaps bringing a ball, and if I don't follow him out he races off around the corner to pester Thelma and Louise!
We were back at the vet to check on his right ear again and the vet is very happy with how well it has cleared up. He found no blockage and has suggested we continue the ear cleaning treatment for a couple more weeks, and then sporadically to prevent it getting clogged up with wax again.
We've also spoken to BVH about the possibility of Riddick becoming a blood donor for their canine blood bank when he's a year old! If he is a successful candidate, he will donate four times a year and he will get his annual check up and shots for free! If your dog is healthy, between 2 and 7 years old and over 25kg, he or she could be a donor too!