First of all, thanks to Chien for sponsoring Castle! He is worth it!
He was tested again last week and his red blood count remains stable, which is what the vet was hoping for. The vet is holding off on reducing prednisone until he gets one more stable result. He could relapse easily if we move too fast.
Castle is almost perfect! He doesn't bark, doesn't jump on people or furniture and is just happy to be around people (mainly me!). Since the last update, he has become more active and comes upstairs to see me every afternoon and lays by me while I work. I think he might just want treats!
He is getting better about guarding and loves to chew on shin bones. No issue if I pick them up. He guards new items at first but has learned we won't take them away. I have not brought stuffies out again because he will chew them up and eat them.
Here's why he's not so perfect—he likes to eat yard plunkies. Doesn't matter if it's his, my resident dog's or random bunny poo that lands in the yard. If I'm watching him, he won't do it, but he's sneaky and will wait until I turn my back to get the shovel to pick it up!
He's pretty food driven now that he's off some meds and the prednisone could be making him extra hungry, but some dogs just have that nasty habit (yuck!). The good news is the yard stays cleaned up!
Castle is a quick learner now that his mind is clear. He sits before he gets his food and I make him wait until I say it's ok before he digs in. He will eat almost anything that hits the floor: celery, strawberries, he even chewed on a piece of lime twice before he kicked it out.
He's still not sure about walks and doesn't like to go far. Passing cars make him nervous. He's definitely more comfortable in the house and loves to be with people. He continues to have free roam if we are gone (which is seldom right now due to COVID) and at night.
He doesn't like storms, but just lays quietly. If he refuses to go outside before bed (as he did around the 4th of July) or because of thunder, he kennels easily at night without a peep. He just expects a piece of cheese!
He is learning to take treats more gently. He would easily snatch a snack from a small child if they were near, so I think he'd be better with kids over 5. He always watches my hands to see if I have food.
He still doesn't seem interested in Kongs or tennis balls. I think another dog or two in his new home would be good to show him what dogs do. He doesn't seem to know how to play.
He has the biggest brightest eyes and seems to be smiling all the time. He knows he's loved and it shows.
How could you not love this face?