... a break through or a fluke...
Not much has changed. The berner comes and goes daily, usually twice a day. He was coming around the same time of day most days and then last weekend either he changed things up or I slept late.
I always keep dry food out for him so he doesn't miss a meal, if I miss him. But he only gets the good stuff when I am around to watch for coyotes and other feral dogs.
Before Tuesday, he was about racing down the road to get to dinner.
Then,early Tuesday morning, I went outside and he was in Stumpy's chair and didn't take off when I came out. I gave him a scritch and tried to feel for weight gain but he growled to warn me off. I went in to get him a dish of the good stuff, he ate that and climbed back in the chair and sat with Stumpy and I to watch the sun come up.
When he left, he was moving pretty slow, looked sore and his limp was more pronounced.
Since then, he has been here when we get home from work, but takes off when I pull in the driveway. Sometimes, I see him over in the neighbors yard, in hidey hole, seemingly watching our house.
I have been able to call him up on the deck twice for a meal of the good stuff, but he takes right off after he eats.
He is also moving a little better today.
We have had some pretty warm temperatures and I think as the days warm up he will be less likely to travel. There's always shade and water, here, not to mention the eats.
I'm a little discouraged, though. And worried, too. I know it's only March, but if I leave for the summer and don't have him situated...
Stumpy, on the other hand, can't understand why I am shoveling food into this strange dog while she is obviously starving to death... more on that in another post.
You can see Stumpy has mostly recovered from our week from hell.
Here, she contemplates the Berner's awaiting dinner. Judging from her expression, she may also be cursing the berner or me, more likely both of us!