Our Sweet Boaz
Boaz is now 15 months old and each day he is sweeter and has more personality. I’m at home a lot during cold weather because I hate to mess with getting my wheelchair out to the car and loaded up. Mel is still working, so Bo and I spend lots of time together. He follows me around wherever I go, from room to room and even waits outside the bathroom when I potty – he would be in the room with me except my wheelchair blocks him from coming in.
During the day I will open the front door and just leave the screen locked, so he can see out. He loves to lay by the door and see cars and people go by. He loves the UPS guy and has a big dog bark when I have a delivery. One guy loves to pet and play with Bo if I’m outside with him. The other little guy is terrified of him, so I try to put him inside when that one is the delivery man.
When Mel gets home each night, Boaz gets so excited and Mel will let him out and they both go to get the mail together. In the mornings, Mel and Bo will get the newspaper, Bo runs to get it and brings it back to Mel. Bo loves to do that each morning. When the paper is late, both of them get upset.
I haven’t taken Bo back to the trainer since last spring. Our lives were so busy the last few months, I didn’t even think about it. However, I’m working with him on manners, especially waiting at the door for me to “OK” his going out the door. Also sitting when we fill his food and water dishes. This week he was very helpful in getting something off the floor for me and today I began teaching him to “brace” for me when I transfer from my lift chair to my wheelchair.
I”m also working with him and his greeting people with less enthusiasm. I need Bo to not jump on visitors to our home or coming in the door or even outside in the front yard. This is proving harder but seems like he is calming as he ages.
When we are at our home in the Ozarks, we take Bo to the “Bark Park” and he loves it. But he would rather play with Mel or I and a ball than with the other dogs. He is very good around them and non-aggressive but rarely picks one to run and play with – he likes the people best and visits with each person there.
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