He's two and a half years old which for a breed like his means he is still very puppy-like. To us, he's calmed down a ton from his early puppy years, but if you're used to a chill dog that doesn't need to exercise everyday, our dog would give you a run for your money. For us though, he's the perfect pupper. He loves the woods and has energy for days, which keeps us active too. But when you get home at the end of the day, he wants to snuggle you and be a little velcro dog.
And as annoying as the bugs were, the ticks were the real nuisance. They were always on us and we pulled 10-15 off Rooney every single day. I guess looking back it's not that shocking that he ended up with Anaplasmosis. It's a tick-borne disease kind of like Lymes. We got off the trail and found a vet that hooked us up with meds and a cast for the pup's swollen paw (a side effect of the disease).
We adjusted his diet back to raw food (he was raw before the trail) then started incorporating pumpkin and probiotics into his daily diet. I'm super happy to say that he has made a full recovery and is doing so well now. Everything seems to be back on track and we're so grateful.
Thank you for the concern and questions about Rooney - it seems he has quite a fan club. I get it though - this is a hard face to ignore :-)
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