Well, Mr. Boris has now met the entire Moore K-9 crew and gotten along well with everyone except Lil Murphy Moore. Murphy is a bit scary and when Mr. Boris was running past him this morning, with a giant smile on his face Murphy screamed out in total fear and went flat out on the floor in the kitchen. Boris was clueless that he had just scared the beejeebers out of little Murphy and continued zooming around the kitchen while Murphy urinated till I picked him up.
I decided to let all of the dogs out in the yard with Boris because each had been introduced individually and done okay so I thought things would go well. They did. The only problem now is, Boris never wants to be crated. All of my dogs will crate quietly if need be…..not Boris. He wines pathetically….I can hardly take it but I also know he must learn to be in the crate and calm down. This will help in his new home.
Last night after work I decided to take an extra long walk with Boris. Devon decided to join us with his skateboard. The only problem Devon and his skateboard produced was the fact when he would zoom ahead of us, Boris would try desperately to catch up with him….. while dragging me along…….We walked several blocks from the house toward Lake Side Rose Garden, an incredibly beautiful City Park that has a waiting list of 2 to 3 years wait for marriages to be performed in the garden. The park has hundreds and hundreds of different types of Roses, two ponds, fountains, pavilions, basketball courts, and is meticulously groomed, etc…. city takes beautiful care of it and I am lucky to live so close to such a beautiful place. The only problem the three blocks between my house and the Park is 3 blocks of abandoned businesses, and lots of unkempt sidewalk, the worst part is going over this tiny dilapidated bridge. The sidewalk is crumbling and is littered with tons of broken glass. Part of the stretch is easily resolved by Boris and I traveling directly on the grass but the trek over the bridge is the true problem……broken glass everywhere and you cant walk anywhere other than straight down the sidewalk. Yesterday proved my concern about the glass has not been in vein. Boris started limping about half way across the bridge and when I got him to set down and examine his foot he had a piece of glass stuck in his pad. Luckily I was able to feel it and pull it out……
Once we got over the bridge I decided to detour away from the Park and walk down the River Green Way……miles and miles of walking paths that the city installed directly along the river to promote a healthier lifestyle. The stretch Devon, Boris and I walked last night travels past beautiful old houses and a section of the River where lots of the trees and brush that normally hide the river, has been cleared away. I find it beautiful and relaxing and I am often surprised that while walking I seldom even pass another person. It is a shame that so many people of our city don’t utilize the many amenities that our city has to offer. Last night during our walk the air was heavy with an impending rain storm…..during our entire walk it was misting lightly, but when we got within one block of the house it started raining. Boris didn’t seem to mind the mist or the rain….the just plugged along sniffing everything we passed.
This morning on our 5:30AM walk Boris was his usual happy self but paused repeatedly at this large old garage/barn type thing that sits far on the back of the lot…..the giant thing gives me the creeps too when we walk by. At 5:30 AM it is still dark but there is just enough light to make something look scary that maybe isn’t during the day. Boris always seems spooked at this same location, every time we pass it. (Coming and going.) I can’t say I feel his “spooked” feelings are always accurate because he also was spooked this morning by two newly painted yellow fire hydrants on our AM commute. I also attributed his spookiness to the possibility of the scent of cats or raccoons that I am sure litter the bushes around the giant structure. Whatever it is, he sends a chill straight up the leash when we walk past.
Boris goes in this morning for another shot and will receive another medicated bath later today. I am finally starting to notice some improvement in his skin and coat, but it still has a long way to go. His odor is starting to diminish but we are all still aware of it in the house. He is eating well and lets me know if he is still hungry by going directly over the dog food storage container and scratching it. He is an awesome dog full of personality….he will make someone who appreciates him a great companion. We just have to get him well first.