Ditka’s surgery went fine on Thursday, and by Friday morning he was back to his excited, exuberant self! He is wearing the E cone which he hates. He needs to learn better manners but catches on quickly, his puppy exuberance gets in the way though. He has mastered heeling and sits immediately when we stop on our walks. He knows how to shake now and it getting better at patiently waiting for his food bowl to be set down on the floor. He meets other dogs on our walks and does fine. Sometimes when he meets people he crouches down on the ground like he is scared, but eventually warms up to them. He does not know what a bath tub is! I have been putting treats in the tub and trying to coax him in. After about 2 days of trying I got him to put his front paws in, then finally he broke down and the third day and jumped in…yeh… now I will work on shutting the shower door and running a little water in the tub. He is also very skiddish with noises. The neighbor was wheeling his recycle container out to the alley and Ditka totally freaked out and took off with me at the end of the leash getting dragged behind. We are working with him on that also and he is not so fearful any more. When we walk, he gets freaked out if there is noise, traffic or it is windy. He loves to watch television….such a goofy boy! Still cannot get him to go down the stairs, the most we have been able to accomplish is getting his front paws on the second step but his back paws will not leave the landing…he will get there some day…we hope! I could go on and on about this boy, he makes us laugh every day with his truly golden personality and his very tender sole. The bottom line is…..he needs a calm, quiet home that can work with him and provide lots of exercise, training and love.