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Yesterday, it was two weeks since I picked up Wilbur in Athens. I can't believe it's just two weeks! He's just not even the same guy he was back then (and I'm not just talking about his smell!)! While I can't claim that he's become a happy, playful doodle, he as DEFINITELY become less wary and his confidence that he will regularly get food, water, attention, and affection has grown by leaps and bounds. He is a very mellow boy who probably won't be playful like Callie (Callie's just super playful and energetic) but not every dog is, even if they're doodles. That said, Wilbur does regularly choose toys from the toy basket to play with, and lays on the floor with Callie so they can trade off (I bought a few more antlers to keep the peace...they're a household fave!).

The weight gain has been slow, but he's eating much better than when he first arrived. I'll take him to get weighed again on saturday morning (I'm scared to take Callie - she's been overeating a bit with the presence of treat-food and another bowl of kibble hanging out!). He only gained about a half pound last week, but I'm hopeful for at least a full pound this week!

His hair is starting to grow and he's truly a handsome dood! He can snuggle with the best of them and is super affectionate! Example...just about every night I wake up at some point and discover that Wilbur is giving me kisses, usually on my face. I think that's adorable. He's just loving like that, and I welcome his affection, no matter what the hour.

Callie loves Wilbur. Wilbur tolerates Callie :)

The next few weeks will be BIG. Wilbur is getting neutered next Thursday, and then has a photo session scheduled for the following Monday. After that, he'll go on petfinder. Then I'll get to find out who the dog I've been keeping REALLY belongs to! (is it bad to sorta hope that it takes a couple more weeks before his family finds him?? I'll miss that guy!)

Can't BELIEVE that I left this part out...the Wilbs has discovered the laundry basket and the joy that is dirty socks and underwear. A bad habit to be discouraged of course, but I love that he's so secure now!

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Comment by Kendra K. Rhoton on March 26, 2010 at 8:58am
Wonderful Wilbur!
Comment by Frannie & Callie on March 26, 2010 at 7:17am
He has a WONDERFUL doodle nose! I'm glad y'all noticed! Our art director at the office has volunteered her time and talent to do the photography so that Wilbs can put his best paw forward.
Comment by Karen P on March 26, 2010 at 6:39am
Thanks for the update. I am glad that he is doing so well. It is amazing what love can do !!
Comment by Ann Kendig on March 26, 2010 at 1:40am
Look at that nose! It looks so kissable! Where are you getting the pictures taken Frannie? He's adorable and so lucky to have you in his corner.
Comment by shelly on March 25, 2010 at 8:03pm
You are so terrific to be taking such great care of Wilbs. Can't wait to see the results of his photo shoot!
Comment by BG and Gavin on March 25, 2010 at 5:31pm
I have an uncle Wilbur. We call him Web. So whenever I hear about your foster, I call him Web too.
Comment by Linda, Webber and Seda on March 25, 2010 at 5:16pm
Wilbur looks great! Good job...
Comment by Valarie on March 25, 2010 at 5:08pm
Wilb's forever family sure is lucky. Nothing better than waking up to doodle kisses. Love hearing about his progress.
Comment by Jeannine on March 25, 2010 at 4:59pm
Great job Mamma Frannie. He is gorgeous!
Comment by Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie on March 25, 2010 at 3:42pm
Thank you for the update. I really enjoy hearing about his progress.

 

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