Well it hasn’t been the easiest couple weeks having an active and semi-clumsy pit bull running around with a huge cone sticking off his head, especially since Greta will hardly come near him when he is wearing it (unless trying to pull it off to set him free), and I couldn’t take him on his normal walks to exercise him.
To get us through the first couple cone-filled weeks, I bought Levi a couple puzzles and activities to keep him busy and wear him out – one a big wooden puzzle with treats hidden inside and the other a ball filled with treats. Unfortunately for him, I failed to realize that he wouldn’t have any hand/eye coordination to master the puzzle and it was hard for him to control the ball as well. On the bright side, Greta LOVED both of the games and the treat ball occupied her for – literally – hours at a time. So when her energy was up, it was a great distraction to keep her from trying to rip Levi’s cone off.
Thankfully, Levi wasn’t too upset that he couldn’t play with them and at his last check-up, we were given the ok to start taking the cone off when we were home with him. He is now going on walks again and even able to play with Greta – as long as we keep an eye on them. Needless to say, he and Greta were both thrilled with this news, as you can see from this video below.
Levi even joined the SociaBulls this morning for his first walk after his surgery in Logan Square. After a few weeks without much socializing and no walks, I can see it will take a little while to get back into the swing of things. But that’s ok because now that the surgery and recovery are almost over, I am excited to get him some proper training!
Levi’s next check-up is on Wednesday, and we are hoping we get the a-ok to get rid of that cone for good!