He has started to play with a few chew toys, has had no accidents, and spends each night curled up in a tight ball on a dog bed in our room. He wakes me up each morning with the sound of his tail thumping wildly to tell me it's time to go outside and get the day started.
Rokey is a true joy. He's been to the vet and is current on his shots. Rokey does have a medical issue that we've spent some time learning about. He was born with megaesophagus and very simply, that means that the muscles in his throat do not move the food to his stomach.
Instead, Rokey eats his meals sitting upright in a special chair that allows gravity to do what his muscles can't. Right now, he's eating three meals a day. We feed him regular kibble and add water so that it's a soupy mix—he loves this stuff!
We feed him in his special chair and then he stays in the chair for about 20 minutes after each meal. I usually sit with him for this time and have my coffee in the morning, wine at night, catch up on email, that kind of thing. He really wants a person there with him to keep him company and truthfully, I enjoy that time with him.
He likes to be petted and sometimes we even do some simple combing of his fur while he's in the chair. After his upright time, he spends some quiet time in the house for a bit and then he's playing with the dogs, going for rides, and enjoying the regular routine.
If he's in the house, we typically have him wear a pillow collar that keeps his head up. He knows all about this and wears it without problem. Our goal is to get him to twice-a-day feedings, but right now three meals seems to work best for our household routine.
Rokey does not get on the furniture but has definitely shown interest in food on the kitchen counter, so we're working to eliminate that before it becomes a habit. He has had no accidents. He plays hard and sleeps hard. And the feeding routine is something he has down pat. He climbs into his special chair without any assistance. When he's hungry, he goes to his chair to let us know.
Rokey is a tall boy and although he can be gentle, he could accidentally knock over a small child when he's excited and for that reason he will do best in a home with children over the age of 13. He was cat tested and showed no interest in cats other than a quick sniff.
Rokey should go to a home where he can have a fenced yard to keep him safe. Rokey will occasionally bark when there's something to alert us to but the delivery truck just dropped off a package and he didn't make a peep. He has a lovely habit of roo-roo-rooing when he's happy and it's pretty darn endearing.
These pictures just don't do him justice. He is a sweet, fun, spirited boy and a spectacular companion!