Gonçalo – April adventures

Gonçalo went to the vet on 26 March 2018. Then he weighed 3.3kg. On 27th April, he was up to 5.1kg.

He is not getting fat. We have been feeding him the correct amount for a 3.3kg puppy, without realising how fast he is growing. He also gets lots of exercise every day.

He gets tick medicine, with dosage according to bodyweight. I have had to increase that as well.

He has gained a lot in confidence. When he first went out for walks, he was frightened of nearly everything. Now, he is the master of his universe.

That universe has expanded a lot. I have re-cut the adventure trail through our meadow, and Gonçalo loves that. It is roughly akin to humans walking on a trail through a forest. I’ll get a photo when the current wet-weather front passes through.

There has been an addition to the meadow. We now have a bee hive, and the bees are settling in slowly. This is the hive, with our resident bee-keeper looking after his colony.

The adventure trail loop is a 15 to 20 mins walk, and Gonçalo normally gets 4 or 5 of these per day, so he is out for an hour to an hour and a half normally. This morning we squeezed in a much shorter walk just before another downpour started.

Gonçalo is showing signs of getting more domesticated. He has improved slightly on the pee and poo front. He has improved a lot on the biting and chew front. We bought him an osso de presunto (ham bone) and that kept him occupied for 2 – 3 days. A rolled-up newspaper is also effective. A smack on the bottom does not hurt the dog, but he learns from the sudden noise.

One of the most noticeable changes is that he has gone from a little puppy yelp to a proper dog bark.

And Gonçalo enjoys a drop or two of lager or white wine. I like to watch a quiz programme on TV called The Chase. When it ends, it is time to put out Gonçalo’s dinner. I have been watching The Chase with a glass of beer or a glass of wine, then wondered what the lap-lap-lapping sound is, only to find it is Gonçalo helping himself to my drink.

What is on the menu for May? Gonçalo is very intelligent and gets bored easily, so I want to expand his universe again. It is time to take him out on a lead to show him what the village looks like and meet some of the locals, both human and dogs.

His toilet training will also change. In May he will get chastised re indoor poos/pees. He already gets rewarded re outdoor poos/pees.


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