It's been a while since the last update on Trice. Well, he's been to a couple dog parks, one in Fullerton and the other in Los Alamitos. Out of the two, we favored Los Alamitos. Mainly because the grassy area was huge, clean and expansive. I think it's also noteworthy to point out that both large and small dogs were combined. I noticed Trice plays well with the small dogs (sniffing, following, etc) but when a large dog comes around he bares his teeth and barks. He's always been pretty aggressive (or fearful) when a large dog walks by. I'm hoping to curb that attitude soon.
The latest news is that Trice was recently neutered on 5/8/09 at the Golden State Humane Society in Garden Grove. He went home groggy and depressed (mainly because the e-collar). There were a couple times that first night we took him home that we caught him falling asleep standing up. We weren't used to him being so quiet/down but the next day, he was back to his old self. We were told to feed him half a cup of food the first night and back to the normal routine the next day on, with the addition of his pain pills. He didn't poop right away and we were worried that he was gonna get so backed up it would be real bad. How happy were we to have some poop come out of him after two days! Rejoice!
This coming Friday would have been the date when he gets to remove the hideous e-collar (aka lampshade) and gets his staples removed. BUT over the weekend, Trice wiggled out of his e-collar and pulled out all of his staples while we were away. Took him to the ER and apparently he licked through some of the incision site so he was given antibiotics in case the saliva causes an infection. He also got re-stapled. The vet recommended this inflatable life-preserver looking collar called the "Pro-Collar". I think he prefers it over the e-collar so I'm glad. But he's condemned to it for another two weeks.
Overall his recovery is going well and I'm excited that he will be starting his obedience training next month. My hopes is that he will be less aggressive towards big dogs and his need to mark at EVERY corner/tree/fire hydrant is reduced!