Big news. Slim is using the doggy door in and out now. Isn't that terrific? What a guy. He also stands still for me to pick him up and love on him. So, we skipped ahead a few steps and are back to our forward progress.
Dogs are funny that way. Just when you think they have forgotten everything you've been trying to poke into their heads they will wake up one day and it all clicks for them. They sit, stay, roll over, the whole play book. Or you will have almost given up on house-training and suddenly the dog goes to the door and whines to be let out. Like he has done it his whole flipping life!
With dogs there is always hope. My hopes for Slim today are brimming.