Thinking about this Post made me reflect on my two kids as they fought their way through the teen years in an effort to reach adulthood. “Fought their way” is so very appropriate for them rather than simply developed, matured, or grew etc. However, there is a slight advantage with humans because we (our family) all theoretically shared a common language. I use the term “theoretically” intentionally because they (the teenagers) did seem to slip into a foreign tongue when pressured to explain a totally illogical action on their part… but I digress!
Ray has never been a hyper active “guy”. When he plays, it is for brief moments. He often resists going for walks which, to us, in unnatural! His lethargic nature is bothering us a little.
We have considered a number of potential explanations which, listed from the least serious to the most serious are below:
- He is Shepherd/Rotti X and just does not have the expected German Shepherd perspective on life. Perhaps he really is a very laid-back, chill-out whenever possible, “guy”.
- He has an exquisite (really!) and thick fur coat, and our recent temperatures and humidity levels simply wipe him out.
- He is bored. We really don’t think that this is Ray, but reading him with those big brown eyes is very difficult. They generally look very sad. Our back garden is sheltered by a very large Maple tree and so there is a significant temperature reduction there, But Ray rarely shows an interest in even playing there, but just finds a nice spot and chills-out!
- He has something (a medical condition) going on “in there”, but he recently had his annual check up and everything was fine.
- He has some residual soft tissue damage from his heart-worm experience. This is a tough one because x-rays were not designed for soft tissue analysis.
- He is experiencing the side effects of long term anti-anxiety medication. This is the tough one because, until we can get him to relax when left on his own, we really don’t want to reduce his medication.
I am going to bring this to the attention of his vet as I would like some feedback on item 6, but perhaps I am just being an over-sensitive parent? Perhaps the only difference between living with Ray, and living with teenagers, is that teenagers can shower you with obscenities and then walk out, slamming the door behind them. Poor Ray does not have that option!
ps. Our bets are currently on item 2!