RonnyPosted: Wed, 2016-07-20 00:00
I thought you might be interested in some photos of grown-up Ronny. He did not get as large as my vet originally projected. He weighs about 58 pounds and is very lean from playing and hiking. The vet said (and I quote) "Ronny is in perfect condition." Unfortunately, his perfect condition enabled him to jump over a section of my fence, which required an extension to 6 feet to keep Ronny from visiting everyone in the neighborhood. I believe that he could easily jump over the 6 foot fence, but don't tell him that.
Ronny is still very much a puppy. Never stops playing or kissing all of his people. He especially loves girls and women, possibly because of all the attention he receives from my daughter and her friends (even though they put hats on him). I call him the kissing bandit because he has to kiss every woman he meets -- especially the soccer girls who swarm him after games.
I never have any trouble finding someone to watch him and Tobin for a few days. One woman I know even asked to borrow him after a break-up. His fur was wet with tears when she brought him back. He's a very tolerant boy.
I think his sunny, affectionate disposition contributes to his wonderful life. He has many friends and admirers. I told my kids to emulate him.
He's also very smart. Does not forget anything. He has become a bit of a character. He started "talking" about a year ago and now has a vocabulary of many different sounds. Did I mention that he is the most jealous dog in North America?
BTW - he is very protective of Tobin. They often sleep next to each other and he asserts himself if another dog is aggressive near her.
He has learned the difference between little kids and older children. He is very gentle with the little ones and usually lays on the ground for them. On at least three occasions recently, someone has greeted him on a walk with "hello handsome" or "hello gorgeous."
As Ronny's 2nd birthday nears, I could not ask for a better companion. He is one in a 1,000,000 dogs.
PS - I do wish to emphasize one issue -- Ronny is not spoiled. We would never spoil him. I think our neighbors are spoiling him. Or maybe the soccer girls. It's not us.