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Hi Laura and Amy,
> I've been meaning to write to you for weeks. Bogey has settled in
> very nicely! He seems very comfortable in his shoes (paws?) now.
> He loves his routines, and "talks" to us to let us know if we aren't
> precisely on time, especially when going to bed. I'm thinking lights
> out at the shelter must have been around 9, because he starts
> campaigning to go to bed around then, and then becomes insistent by
> 10. He is welcome to go up to bed alone, but wants us to go, too.
> We've started to work with him off leash, so he can swim and play on the
> beach when we go on vacation. He followed Lise out the gate and
> into the van one morning before we'd clipped on his leash. He sat in
> the van with the door open, just waiting for us, so we figured he was
> ready to try off leash. If there is no one at the park, we let him
> off leash briefly. He runs fast and in a big circle around us, and
> then comes to us when he tires, or if we call. Lise likes to chase
> him when he runs.
> Lise and Bogey seem to be getting along well. They share the bed with
> us at night. If it's too hot, Bogey likes to sleep on a comforter on
> the floor. Bogey is doing OK with Kix, but they did not become
> friendly with one another. Kix is perhaps a bit frailer now, and that
> may be part of the reason, as he isn't very interested.
> Bogey is quite the jumper, and can leap 4 ft. easily, as down from the
> deck bench to the grass, or up 5 or 6 steps on the porch. We want to
> try frisbee with him.
> When he's really serious about sleeping, he curls up with his back to
> the room.
> He loves food, and has started counter surfing. First, he snatched a
> few small slices of meatloaf. Next, he took the nearly empty jar of
> peanut butter and licked it clean. Then he opened a sealed box of
> Snackwells, and ate all the cookies; not sure how he did it, but he
> managed to put the plastic tray back in the box. Fortunately, whatever
> he ate in content or amount didn't amount to a high dose of fat, sugar,
> or salt. We've become more careful about leaving food on the
> counter. Not sure what else to do. I did catch him once walking
> off with the peanut butter jar, but he would not let it go, and it took
> quite a bit of distraction to get it back.
> Here are some pictures of Bogart, at the park, in his serious sleeping
> position, napping with Neal, in his yard, and happy as can be in his
> favorite room (the kitchen).