It is hard to believe that it has been 2 years since we adopted and fell in love with CeeJay. Time flies!
CeeJay is now 11 years old and we finally have him down to what his vet considers his ideal weight - 82 pounds. The secret to his weight loss has been his daily walks/runs, his diet of IAMS weight maintenance food, and having Abby to play with whenever he wants. He adores all three, so weight maintenance at this point is not a struggle.
In June, when we had talked about getting a puppy, there were some who had reservations about how CeeJay would handle a puppy at his advanced age. We will be the first to admit that the first couple of weeks were tough for him and us, but now the two dogs are inseparable. CeeJay has been instrumental in helping Abby to know the rules of the house and her place in the pack. By his example, CeeJay has helped us teach Abby the basic commands of sit, stay, and come. Whatever CeeJay does, Abby imitates. When we come home from work or an evening out, CeeJay is usually waiting in front of the slider next to Abby’s crate. Of course, CeeJay is one big marshmallow who lets Abby get away with more than he would allow any other dog. When they play together, CeeJay will roll to the ground and let Abby straddle his chest and nip at his face. He likes it when she cleans his ears for him, too. This amazes us because he has growled at other dogs who even sniff his snout or tender ears. It is funny to watch the two of them play tug-of-war with their special tug toys and chase balls in the yard. It is obvious that CeeJay loves Abby. He gives up his bone or bed whenever she seems interested in either. He has even let her take the bone from his mouth without so much as a snarl or growl. At night, CeeJay used to always have the dogbed of honor at Donna’s side of the bed. Sometimes he’ll sleep in Abby’s bed instead so that she can be close to “mommy.” He just is so kindhearted and agreeable.
CeeJay likes to have the humans in his life hold his paw while they watch TV or read or visit with other humans. Mary, our neighbor, is afraid of most dogs, but not CeeJay. His gentle demeanor quickly alleviated Mary’s fears to the point where she recently spent a half hour holding the paw that CeeJay offered while we sat and visited.
We are so happy to have CeeJay as a part of our family. Thank you, NEARR!