Bubba part 2
Bubba's been with us for almost a week now and is progressing nicely into home life. He's doing very well with his bathroom etiquette - only a few minor accidents so far. He's also been doing nicely on stairs and I don't think he'll have any problems navigating up and down floors when he gets to his forever home. He's learned how to sit and we're just starting to teach him "lay down" - and I think he'll pick it up quickly. He's also learned "NO!" over the past week as his curiosity has sometimes gotten the better of his manners. At two years old he's still coming out of his puppy phase, which has shown up mostly with him wanting to chew on things and steal dirty clothes and laundry. We've been giving him rawhides and such to chew on and toys to play with (and he loves both), but potential adopters will have to keep a close eye on him the first week home and I'm strongly suggesting the use of a crate whilst he's home alone 'til he learns all of the house rules - he's crated here at home while we're at work and he's not had any problems with it at all. Don't let all that talk about mischief scare you away though, because Bubba's a quick learner and is an absolute sweetheart.
Bubba's been doing well on the leash. We've been confining him to walking him on the right hand side since he'll zig-zag in front of you relentlessly if you let him out ahead of you. He's also been for a jog for a distance of approx 2 miles and did fine. He'll make a pretty good jogging companion for those that like to run. And along that line, he'd do well in an active household. Those who have fenced-in yards for games of fetch and the like, or those who like to do a lot of walking or jogging will find Bubba to be an eager participant in those activities.
We've not formally cat-tested him yet, but I'm thinking he may be cat-trainable, if not completely cat-safe. So far he's been intensely curious about our cat, but hasn't yet gone after her. Drop Denise a line if you'd like to meet Bubba or leave a comment if you've got any questions about this very nice and very strikingly beautiful hound who is deserving of a nice forever home. All in all, he's really doing well and will make someone a fine companion.