Bad news- Don's depressed. The gentle leader (the green thing shown below that prevents pulling at the leash) isn't going over so well. Don refuses to eat, drink, or play with it on- but desperately needs the new equipment to lower his distraction level. I'm going to the lake tomorrow, so Don while spend the day with the Mt. Tam puppy club leader and hopefully learn to tolerate the Gentle Leader. Don gave us quite the scare this morning. Today, while out on a walk, I corrected Don for pulling at his leash, and started going the opposite direction (a trick a member of our puppy club taught us). When I turned around, Don was limping and could barely walk. I carried him home, and after an hour of puppy snuggles and kisses, Don was back to his old self. I'm pretty sure that he's fine now, so we will wait until it happens again to talk to the Guide Dog vet. Anyways, Don is getting better at some things, including being quite in his crate (he's in there now and happily chewing one of his nylabones). Today I plan on arranging a "puppy play-date" with a breeder dog from CCI (Canine Companions for Independence) and a guide dog puppy in training. Since Don is my only dog, we try to get together with as many dogs as possible to prevent dog distraction. We'll, I've got to get Don ready for his playdate with Chia and Maureen. I'll let you know how it went in tomorrow's post. ~Here are some cute photos I took today~
Don squinting in the morning sun, ready for an outing.
Don poses with his Guide Dog vest.