Friday, August 15, 2008

Quote II

"Dogs don't know about beginnings, and they don't speculate on matters that occurred before their time. Dogs also don't know — or at least don't accept — the concept of death. With no concept of beginnings or endings dogs probably don't know that for people having a dog as a life companion provides a streak of light between two eternities of darkness." ~Stanley Coren

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Summer Update

In the process of making our new house livable by the coming fall, Randy and I have been very busy working on the construction, plumbing, electrical work, etc. This partially explains why I haven't posted anything on the blog, but during this time I also haven't had Internet access in the the trailer I'm temporarily living in, either. Additionally, during the move from the old house I somehow misplaced my digital camera (!), which is devastating to me, considering how many photos I regularly take of Savage on a daily basis.
Now for the good news: Savage is really thriving this summer. I've been making it a point to get him in the water as much as possible, and now, at 2 years and 9 months old, my boy is finally getting more comfortable swimming. Maybe the hot weather is weakening his inhibitions in that area. We've been exploring our new neighborhood and finding good, safe trails to walk, and we are trying to spend as much time as possible at my parents' lake home in Canada. In a funny turn of events, Savvy has decided that as soon as we get out of the boat at my parents' place, my dad suddenly becomes his new master. Baby Dog follows him everywhere, oblivious to my cajoling and commands, and cries when we leave him.
And now the great news: Savage has lost weight! Along with moderately increased exercise, I've been feeding him smaller portions at each meal and cutting down drastically on high-fat treats (no more Slim Jims!). No longer my "Fat Boy", Savvy is now down to 167lbs, and I'm very proud of him for enduring his diet and not complaining (too much). I will continue to regulate his food intake and commit to exercising him frequently in hopes that he can reach and maintain a healthy weight.
I will do my best to continue updating The Story Of Savage when I get Internet access at home, and share more pictures as soon as I get a new camera. In the meantime I'm hoping all Sav's loyal blog visitors are having a spectacular summer!