Even though Oscar is more of a handful than I expected, his personality makes up for the almost constant attention/supervision he requires. He’s such a funny little dog. Vince and I are always laughing so hard at him.
This morning he was in the living room playing. He would run and play as hard as he could for probably 10 to 15 minutes, then he would run, jump and land in his bed. He would just drop and stay however he landed. He would sleep (or appear to be sleeping) for maybe 10 minutes, jump up and start the romping and playing again.
I was outside with him and several birds flew over. He stopped, looked up and watched them, turning as he needed to so he could see them. Shortly after we started walking again, a fairly low plane flew over and he stopped and watched it go by. He’s so alert and notices everything and seems interested in everything.
First thing in the morning when I get him out of the crate, he will snuggle and let me hold him and pet him for maybe 5 minutes. I’ve started paying attention to the time . . hoping to see that time period extend to 6 minutes, then 7 minutes and hopefully some day he will sit with me for hours like Speck would do. Some dogs just aren’t snugglers but I’m hopeful he will be some day since he is snuggly first thing in the mornings.
I don’t know that much about puppies since I seem to only get one every 20 years or so but he’s eating way less food than he was. He’s still on puppy food, which I had planned to keep him on for the first year. I did a little research and found that puppies only need puppy food til they reach “maturity” and with small dogs, that can happen at 8 – 10 months. I had always heard to keep them on puppy food for a year and I thought the vet had told me that too so I called them to make sure and they said yes . . puppy food til “close” to his first birthday. Since I have a new bag of Hills Science Diet puppy food that hasn’t been opened yet, and I’ll probably start on it before the end of September . . I’ll probably need to start mixing that with the new food mid-November, and he’ll be about 11 months old at that point.
I think he’ll like the adult food. He always seems way more interested in what Rita’s eating than what he’s getting. Time will tell.