Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Squeaky toy

Max got a new toy for being so brave at the vet (read that as 'Max got a new toy to ease my guilt of taking him to be neutered').  He hasn't seen a squeaky toy before and his reaction to it was quite funny.  This is the most noise I have ever heard him make...

The neutering was fine, obviously I knew his balls were going to be removed but I didnt know that they leave the ball bag.  He just runs around with an empty nutsack swinging between his legs now, and Max has a big (empty) nutsack.  The vet says it will shrink.  I hope so, its gross.

He also had some vaccinations and another mange injection, mange mites thrive on a weakened immune system so the injection was a precautionary boost rather than treatment.

In other, unrelated, news...

He met a couple of cats the other day.  One was really mean; hissing, trying to scratch him and generally being nasty.  The other cat was even more chilled than Max, just let him sniff and sniffed back.  Max isnt much of a chaser and can't be bothered with birds in the garden or hadedas in the park so I guessed he wouldn't be bothered about cats either.  This is a bit of a pity because I don't really like cats and think there is something entertaining about a classic dog vs cat chase.  Of course, I don't want the cat to get hurt or anything, but do enjoy seeing them go from being cocky and obnoxious to running like mad with a dog in hot pursuit.

Max has been doing really well on his walks and the vet thinks that the strengthening of his leg muscles has helped with his knee problem, which is great as it means he is less likely to require surgery.   

I am a long way from letting him off the lead in the park though as his concentration and attention span goes AWOL when he is out walking.  When he meets other dogs he stands still, wags his tail, and has a glazed look on his face.  A bit like Kylie from Fantastic Mr Fox...  "Give me a signal if you are there Max!"

He doesnt really know how to play with other dogs yet, but knows that he wants to play.  Here he is meeting a friendly Golden Retriever.

A lot of people have asked if I am going to keep him so here are my thoughts:

I am not a home owner and work full-time, at the moment I am working from home while building work is carried out at our office and can be here to keep Max company (and visa versa).  I am prepared to keep Max for as long as it takes to find a 5 Star, 100% perfect, permanent home.  I am not prepared to put him into another foster home, or hand him over to someone who isnt ideal, he needs company, and would really enjoy having other dogs around.  He is going to make a fantastic pet and obviously I love him but it isn't practical with my lifestyle to keep him permanently.

If you fit the bill, want to take him, or know someone who does, chat to Kelley at African Tails...  

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