I have wonderful news!!! Prince has gained weight!!! He is now up to 67 pounds. This is a good weight for him and we'd like to keep him between the 67 to 70 pound range. He still has the bony head that older dogs can have, but we aren't feeling his ribs or hip bones like we used to. With this weight gain we are still feeling good muscle tone which is also good. All great news for Prince! Because his digestive system is working smoothly on the prescription dog food, he will remain on Royal Canin GI HE. This is something you should take into consideration if you're interested in adopting Prince as it can be expensive. Our RAGOM vet charges $78.05 for a 22 pound bag of food, but other vet clinics may charge less.
When Prince came into our home we quickly learned he does not like his ears being cleaned by us. He gave us a warning 'curl of the lip' when he saw a Q-tip in my hand. Because Prince's ears were in such rough shape he needed his ears cleaned out on a regular basis so RAGOM is paying for Prince to have his ears cleaned every 2 weeks by a vet tech. They know how to work in a group to distract him and clean at the same time. It probably helps too that Prince is a little anxious at the clinic. At home we're working on getting Prince used to me and my husband cleaning his ears. I feel Prince would do better with the longer stick Q-tips - the same they use at the vet clinic so I've ordered a bag. He can see the long stick Q-tip more clearly when I approach his face and ear with it. It's a slow process, but we're seeing improvement in the home setting. Even with the regular ear cleanings at the vet clinic Prince has a yeast infection in his left ear. We're treating both ears with drops and he'll have a recheck in a month. Hopefully this dose of medication will rid his ears of the infection for good. He came into RAGOM with an ear infection and sometimes they just take forever to clear up, but we will succeed!
Since Prince's last update he's been to visit his doggie sitter again (previous foster Mom) when we took a short trip. It's an hour car ride to his sitter and he rode well in the car. We figured out a way to set up a sitting or I should say 'laying area' for him in the back seat so he can lay like he likes/wants to with his head on the front seat center arm rest. I have a feeling this guy was a co-pilot in his previous home, but with 2 of us riding in the front he's now the designated 'backseat driver'.
Prince is a goofy old guy that loves to bring upstairs whatever I've dropped down the stairs to wash. The other evening while we were eating dinner I saw him head downstairs. Soon we saw him trying to walk into the kitchen carrying two bed sheets in his mouth. I wish I had my camera as it was a sight to see. This guy does the silliest things. As with all his new found treasures, he carries them to his bed and I gather them up later.
The baby bunny that Prince was so fascinated with has moved away and now Mr. Harry and Mrs. Harry the Sparrows have peaked Prince's interest. They built a nest in a bird house by our deck and are now feeding their babies. Sometimes he gets a little over excited and will stand up to get a better view. Prince is a smart boy; if he can't see Harry he will come and nudge me so I'll check the bird house. At night for his last potty before bed we will say 'let's check to see if Harry is in bed'. Prince gets right up and has to check on the birdhouse before heading down for his night time potty. I'm amazed at how quickly a dog can learn the name of someone or something. I can say Daddy is home and Prince is up and looking out the front door for Foster Dad. Here's a link to a video of Prince watching Harry the Sparrow.
We had a house full of company and Prince did wonderfully. He happily greeted everyone and had no issues with a house full of new people in his foster home. When he got tired of all the commotion he headed to his bed and took a nap. Otherwise he'd lay by someone's feet, get pets and accept loving from all.
Prince is so cute when he begs. Hard to say 'no' to that innocent face.
And sometimes he forgets to take his ball down with him into the yard. He will let us know where he left it.
If you think Prince would be a good fit in your home, please submit an "Inquiry for Application" form. If you have already filled out an "Inquiry for Application" form, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the dog's name, RAGOM number, the name you submitted the Inquiry for Application form under and a sentence or two why you feel you'd be a good match.