Riot went to the vet today and weighed in at 19 pounds. Hmmm…. he hit 20 pounds on our home scale two weeks back. We mentioned that to the vet (who also had Berkley coming in 2 pounds under his last weight when we’ve been trying to add a few pounds) and she said she was a bit suspicious too. We’ll take him back to the vet in a week or so to be weighed before he gets his next heartworm pill.
He’s also got some puppy zits, but other than that is looking good. No shots today, but that dreaded rabies shot is rapidly approaching.
Today we hit the trails at Balls Bluff Battlefield. We did a 0.8 mile loop. Chris and Cisco came along with us too. I guess because it was a gorgeous weekend it was actually fairly crowded so we had to stay on leash and on the trails. We met a few other dogs along the way too. We’ll have to go back and explore some of the longer trails in the future.
I didn’t get home in time today to go for a woods walk (okay, well at least not to get lost in the woods and have to find our way out) before dark. So Riot and I did a trail walk, there were plenty of roots and fallen trees in our path so it was still an adventure. Riot mostly stayed on the trail with me falling behind maybe 30 feet or racing ahead about 30 feet, but really not going any further than that. It’s a real pleasure to walk him off lead.
We made it out of the woods just in time — it got dark and started raining.
Wow… we’re more than half way through. I’m not sure what it is about puppy kindergarten, but it doesn’t seem to tire Riot out. You would think after an hour of class, he’d be more tired than most nights, but no. Usually he starts to calm down and doze off around 10:15/10:30, but last night he had the zoomies until sometime after 11. Finally I was tired and put him to bed. It took him longer to settle down than usual (the whole re-arranging the bedding routine went on for about 15 minutes). But he was a good puppy all night long.
Last night we got to go through the tunnel and tire. It took about three tries in the tire before he had it figured out. The tire was no problem.
Two nights ago Riot was very fussy all night. We have no idea what was wrong in his world that night, but I figured it might have something to do with the fact he is starting to outgrow his vari-kennel. So we decided to try the ex-pen again (we tried this a few weeks ago and were met with a very upset puppy that wouldn’t stop barking). This time we didn’t give him the full space of the ex-pen and only about 2ft x 4ft of space, but he seems much more content. The first night he was a little restless, but last night he did great. Which is good news because we can use the larger vari-kennel for car trips only and not have to lug it between the bedroom and the car almost daily.