A lot has happened.
LeeRoy made it through another COLD and snowy winter. He’s doing really well. He looks alert and enjoys the back field. He barks all night and sleeps all day. His shanty has been his number one place of repose. Although he does like to lie on his back in the snow and lift his paws to the warm sun. He loves sitting about 150 feet from the back of the house–in the middle of our field–and staring at the house. He surveys the windows to see if we’re watching. He also keeps his eye on the french doors on the deck to see if we’re going to come out and talk to him.
Every morning I go out and greet him. And from a distance he makes some unintelligible sounds. Sits and stares for awhile. Then saunters off into the woods or back to his places in or around his shanty.
We have a couple of folks who bring him treats on a regular basis. He is beginning to trust them. I can feed him from my hand still, but he will not let me move that hand without running away. I cannot yet pet him.
He LOVES hot dogs (turkey and beef). LOVES pig ears too. On my recent visit to the SPCA to get him some meds to put in his food, they said that they might be able to supply Marcy and me with some dog food for him. Couldn’t come at a better time (financially–affording gas is a killer isn’t it?).
Did you know that:
- LeeRoy’s real name is “Levi?” It’s on his papers (don’t ask me how a rescue dog has papers, but that’s what the SPCA tells me).
- LeeRoy has taken to barking at his food. That’s right! Weird. We put the food in his bowl. After a few minutes of us being safely away in the house, he goes to his bowl and stands over it, looks in, smells it. barks a few times in different directions, then eats some. I say some because he has taken to grazing (as opposed to his usual gulping).
- LR is also big on deer watching. He doesn’t bark at the deer or turkeys–just at the fox and opossums. He’s very selective in his admonitions.
Wayne Jacobsen says that LeeRoy may become semi-famous. Yes, he is featured on thegodjourney.com this week. The podcast is entitled: “The God Who Whispers”. You might want to hear about him. Wayne saw some similarities in LeeRoy that he sees in people who want to live loved but are afraid to enter that affection. You may want to sign up for the feed. Well . . . more to come in a few.
(continued from: “The LeeRoy Sagas, Episode 5“:
LeeRoy lost ground while we were away on vacation in Ocean City in September. When we got back and unloaded the car it was toward his evening feeding time. I was excited to see him again and feed him. But when I went outside with his food and treats, he wouldn’t come to the food and he wouldn’t eat treats from my hand. I had to break off pieces and toss them 5 or 6 feet from me and he would eat them off the ground. He stopped eating from my hand. This went on for several days. Finally, one day, he began eating them from my had again. After I had been back a week or so, he was back to his old self (whatever that is).
LeeRoy kind of grows on you. I found myself wondering what he was doing, where he was laying. He would lay in the garden most of the time. That’s why he’s known around these parts as “LeeRoy the Garden Dog.” But sometimes the sun gets too strong so you’ll find him across the lawn under one of the Maple trees. He always situates himself so that he can keep a sharp eye on all activity and human movements. He won’t let anyone get in a position that they might sneak up on him.
A couple of times, I noticed that he would skip a meal. At those times I was worried about him being sick. But within a day or two he was fine. Fine is running to meal times. Happy to get his treats and eat his food. When I say “happy” I need to explain. It’s really hard to know whether LeeRoy is really happy or not because he NEVER wags his tail, not for ANY reason. But he does gallop. When I see him gallop for his food, I assume that means he’s happy. Brown and black fur, with a white curly tail romping toward me (he kinda looks like a dwarf deer when he runs through the field). Hope he stays out of the woods during hunting season. Perhaps I should put up some signs in our fields that say “Beware of Dog that looks like a Deer.” OR “Beware of Deer-looking Akita Inu!” OR “Don’t Shoot Dog!” Be certain that your deer has antlers (in small print). For morons, I could paint “DOG” in florescent paint on LeeRoy’s side . . . One problem though . . . I’d have to catch him. Nah. Not going to happen!
So the latest . . . LeeRoy got caught . . . With his face on Facebook. I found out. He was sneaking around. First he starts a fan page. THEN to top it off, he opens a Twitter account. Can you believe it? His own Twitter account. Now, when I want to know something, I have to follow his FB comments or track him on Twitter. Unreal. But before I go.
What do you think? Should I put some kind of old barrel or something out near the garden for him to get into if it snows? Or should we just let him continue to use his pine tree? I’m serious . . . Let’s have some opinions. Kids, you too, I need help here. What should I do?
So that’s not the most amazing thing. The most amazing thing is what I’m going to share in Episode 7 this coming week. I think it’s going to be one of the most
interesting adventures that “LeeRoy the Garden Dog” has had since I’ve known him.
What amazing thing did LeeRoy discover on Twitter?