August 1, 2014 – So I’ve got a few days until little boney boy comes back here. Okay Lola, let’s go for a nice long walk and we can think about what we will do today. Wait! It’s a text message from Stephanie: “Alvin can go home today if you want!” I’m so excited, I can hardly text her back: “YES! What time is best? I’ll be there!” Stephanie replies: “Anytime 8-6”
I move at the speed of light to assemble the sanitized crate and blankets, pack the car and re-position the puppy barriers in the house. I can’t believe it – Alvin’s coming home!
August 2, 2014 – Alvin is such a good boy. He slept through the night in his crate, no problem! He’s still somewhat nervous and won’t settle in any one spot during the day. My little shadow; he follows me everywhere.
August 3, 2014 – Holy moley, he’s quite the chow hound! Per veterinary instructions, I’m feeding him 2 cups of food THREE TIMES a day and he acts like he could eat more. We weigh him – 33 lbs! Even though he was so sick (and still is on antibiotics for a continuing cough), he put on FIVE pounds!
August 4, 2014 – Wow, Alvin’s been having a few coughing fits today. Seems that the antibiotic is working and he’s clearing out all that mucus. Yuck. He sounds like an old man with a heavy smoker’s hack.
August 5, 2014 – This little boy’s still eating like a champ. The coughing has almost disappeared, too. Let’s hope Alvin’s turned the corner on his health issues and that it’s all good news from here on in.
August 6, 2014 – We’re going to try a little test today . . . Both humans are going to try to leave the house for an hour or so. Alvin will get a nice frozen bone stuffed with his canned food to keep him occupied. We’ll have the web cam focused on his crate and I’ll have access via my cell phone to see how Alvin reacts. If he’s too stressed out, we’ll come back and take this separation thing one step at a time.
Well, little Alvin was just fine. For the first 5 to 10 minutes, he sat in his crate looking a little woeful. Then he decided to take a nap. No apparent stress – just the usual good boy Alvin, takin’ it all in stride!
August 7, 2014 – Today is a very special day, Alvin. You’ll really get to see how well pups are treated around here! (Photos to follow later . . . )
And so, Alvin’s journey with us does continue! Please subscribe to our blog for updates.