Howdy DT! I haven't posted in ages. Some updates...
Jax is now 8.5 years old... he just keeps aging no matter how many times I tell him to stop it! I update his facebook page regularly, for anyone interested: facebook.com/jaxthedobe
He's doing well, though he was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in his neck last month. I brought him into emergency when he wasn't bending his head all the way down and of course I immediately assumed the worst like something neurological, so I guess arthritis isn't the worst news all things considered, but I still don't appreciate being forced to confront the fact that he's an old man now
I've got it pretty well managed now though; he tends to only get sore when it is cold and rainy, so I'm able to be super conservative with his pain meds and now it's like nothing ever happened. His heart is still healthy
I actually bought my own holter this year, so I've been doing that twice a year because why not.
We gave rally a try this year; I have to admit that I didn't try it earlier because it seemed boring, but we took a class on a whim and it turns out he loves it! We got 2nd place at his first rally trial. We've also been practicing nosework at home. Like basically any other activity we try, it was no problem to get him motivated and interested - if anything he's a little too enthusiastic, lol. It's a good thing I order so much from Amazon so we have a constant supply of boxes, because he tends to yeet them across the room or punch them. Good times.
We moved to College Station TX this year. Not a very far move, only 3 hours away. I do really miss Fort Worth, but we like it here too. The humidity is KILLER though.
Jax also has a brother now, Laszlo, who actually just turned 3 today! I wasn't really looking to add another dog to the family yet, but he was an accident.
Basically he was donated to a service dog trainer that ended up being sketchy, they agreed to surrender most of their dogs including him when he was a baby, I participated in his rescue transport to a foster, the foster ended up also being sketchy (I falsely assumed this person had been properly vetted...), so when I heard he wasn't in a good place with the foster I got him back to me (which was quite a wild goose chase). He is a standard poodle x greater swiss mt dog (yes... really
) and a giant goofball. I'll attach a pic of him and Jax. He's wire coated and MAN is hand stripping a 100 lb + dog a CHORE... so he's lookin' pretty scruffy in this photo, lol
I figured I would have another doberman by this point, but Laszlo kinda pushed that back a bit. A puppy should happen in the next year or two though. My options are a bit limited due to my preference for uncropped ears, but I still have a handful of really great potential breeders in mind
I've got my heart set on a black female, ideally.
Anyway, just figured I'd post a little update since I haven't posted in years! Hope everyone is doing well!
1. Jax in my living room after a bath
2. Laszlo and Jax
3. Jax playing fetch
4. The boys in my parent's backyard
5. Jax at a cabin in Cloudcroft NM
6. Jax at Galveston beach
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