Yesterday started off relatively promising… it was snowing! I would suggest that “snowing” was a rather generous term to use as the flakes were very fine and just dusting over the surfaces. It was still however snow, and the day was young (11:30am) when this Post was being written, so I was looking forward with great anticipation as to what might happen over the next few hours!
Ray had a 10:00am appointment with his favorite vet (she has really good treats) so off we went. We were taking advantage of a no charge dental/mouth examination, but we also needed more of his toothpaste, and a prescription renewal for his meds.
That visit was text book perfect! Ray was excited to be going in the car and, once he realized where we were going, he started making noises which we think were of excitement. Other than saying “Hello!” to another dog there (everything very calm and amiable), he was as controlled as we would have expected given that he was surrounded by bags of food etc!
The first thing they always do with Ray is weigh him! Given his quite high intake of treats on a regular basis, we always cut back on his breakfast and dinner in an attempt to keep his weight healthy. Today he weighed 34.5kg / 76lbs – excellent!
Ray has been taught that “Check your teeth” involves Carol exposing his teeth with her finger… and then giving him a treat (the same concept works with “check your ears”). He will also usually open his mouth on request so having a dental check is relatively easy.
All the business was taken care of and we were just chatting in general with his vet, when she commented that he was their favorite German Shepherd X! Apparently they have quite a few as patients, but none are as well behaved as our Ray! She also wished that he was a bit more openly affectionate as she would love to cuddle him, but recognized that Ray would not be happy!
Reflecting on that visit to the vets simply emphasized how far he has come in 3-1/2 years. He really is one very special dog! No wonder he was (still is) so easy to write about!
Note: Feb 1st – 7:45am – about 1 cm of snow on the ground. It’s a start I guess! 🙂