I believe that I have missed some scheduled updates, and I apologize for that - things have been crazy since we brought Jake home! No fault of his, of course. Just work and life all going nuts at the same time!
Jake is doing really well and seems quite content here at home. He’s gotten so comfortable here with us that we don’t have to crate him at night anymore, which is wonderful. He sleeps on a blanket in our room and hasn’t had a problem with chasing the cat or barking or anything else. He is still crated whenever we leave the house for more than a few minutes however. I don’t think he’ll be comfortable loose in the house without us until or unless we get another dog to keep him company. He and Gracie, our cat, have actually done very well - they are progressing along much faster than I thought they would. I figured it would at least a year for them to really settle down and be able to relax and ignore each other. But, not quite three months in and Gracie is willing to sit nose to nose with him for at least a few seconds, all with no hissing, spitting, snarling, scratching or chasing on anyone’s part! :) Seems like a good pace to me! Jake’s eating well (of course!) and we aren’t slipping him too many cookies! He and I still walk in the mornings and we have a new step to our evening routine - Jake and I go out into the yard and play ball. We have discovered that our Jake has an almost unhealthy obsession with tennis balls! He will play ball until he practically keels over from exhaustion…All it takes is one glimpse of a yellow (or not so yellow) tennis ball, and the dog is wide awake and ready to go! The attached picture will illustrate this for you!
We’ve taken a few overnight trips to visit family in the area and Jake has had the most excellent manners in the car and at other peoples’ houses. First thing anyone ever says when they see him is the same thing I said - “Oh my god, he’s HUGE!” Then they realize that this enormous wiggling 85lb sugar is just desperate to be patted and they just love him! He’s impressed everyone he’s met with his obedience and sweetness, and we (of course) couldn’t be happier!
Basically, Jake is good and so are we. He has merged seamlessly into our family - just feels like he’s always been here and always will be. I suppose that’s part of how three months went by so quickly! Hope you all are well, that your dogs are happy and find the homes they deserve sooner rather than later!