A Typical Day with Lox
If you want to lounge in bed, he'll happily stay with you. We normally drag him to the top of the bed, and he lets us hug him like a teddy bear. When he's more alert he'll give you kisses like you just got back from Nam. Breakfast is between 7:30-9, whatever works for you. Take him out for a 15-20 minute walk after.
He gets one patty per meal with a touch of Greek. Mash the patty, fill the bowl about 1/4 of the way with water, and mix everything together. His food is raw meat, so wash his eating bowl after each meal. We go over the counter and sink with a Clorox wipe at least once a week, sometimes more. Now that this little Beefcake is fed, it's time to take him on a walk.
Lox prefers a leisurely pace for his waddles around the park. Be patient with the old man. He likes to sniff the yard gingerly. But keep an eye on him: he likes to eat other dog's poop, and he knows he shouldn't. Smack that shit out of his mouth if you must.
Lox has made friends with many of our neighbors and their furry friends. Many passersby will greet you while walking. Practice cautious optimism with meeting larger dogs - there's usually no problem, but Lox isn't as tough as he acts. He barks when meeting new dogs. As long as his tail's wagging, then you know he's all good.
Give him time to poop in the morning. Take him out at least three times a day: post-meals, then a 5-10 break around 1-2, then sometimes a pee before bed. But he's a very social pup. He loves going to the park, for car rides, restaurants, whatever. The more you want to take him out, the better.
He normally goes in the planter outside the apartment. Loxie Poo almost always experiences a movement after breakfast and sometimes after dinner, too.
Dinner's between 5-7. When you feed him his dinner patty, don't forget to pull two patties from the freezer. Put them in the same Tupperware to thaw till morning. Wash the Tupperware once a week.
After his evening walk, Lox will go full Sack-o-Potatoes mode and will only need attention in case of a tummyache. Dog responsibilities are done after his evening walk, so you could go out all evening/night, and he would prob just sleep during that time.
We haven't left him alone for more than 6 hours during the day. He's super chill for outdoor dining but can be a handful in crowded areas. LA is uber dog-friendly. We've brought him to Trader Joe's, Sprouts, Smart & Final, happy hour, etc. If you're having a day out, there's the doggy backpack: The Ultimate Thirst Trap.
We've got Lox on that free week trial at Dog-E-Den that you can use till Wednesday the 14th. It's $35/day after that, and they already have your contact info.
Tricks & Treats & Grooming
Lox does a few tricks for treats. We encourage you to practice these tricks on the daily, but it isn't required.
We're working on stay and come, but this old dog can be stubborn. He has a few toys around the house he may want to play living room fetch with.
Lox loves to play bite. Play with him as much as possible.
Lox loves his treats in the red bag. Break those up into pinch-sized pieces before treating him.
Lox loves Greenies. Give him one a day. But make him work for it.
Conditions & Emergency Numbers
Give him the eye gunk twice a day from now until the 21st. (A little bit on the finger, rub it all over his eyes, both eyes.) Do it with meal times to make it easier and give him a treat after. He sometimes needs Pepcid if his stomach is upset. They are the circular Famotidine tablets, break them in half and give them with a treat.
He may have some anxiety after we leave. When we first adopted him, he didn't pee or poop regularly for a week or two. He may have a similar reaction after we go. It should pass.
He licks his paws when he's winding down at night or when he's bored. He tends to drool like crazy. Put a licking blanket under him, like the green and blue one on the bed.
Encourage him to drink more water. I know it's weird, but it works.
He'll eat most food you drop (as long as it's not green), and that's fine. But don't let him eat anything spicy. When his stomach hurts, he'll let you know he wants to go out. If he's sitting by the door whining, he needs to go out.
He occasionally has some coughs and digestion issues, and if you ever see him limping, check his paws - he's probably just picked up a spur on the walk.
In case of an emergency, Laurel Pet Hospital is five minutes away. His vet's name is Allison Pang, their phone number is 323-654-7060. They aren't open on Saturday. We'll pray nothing happens on Saturday because the VCA will rob you.
Non-Lox Related Things
You'll be driving my car while Cristina's is in the garage, though she asks that you take it somewhere once a week to keep the motor strong.
Street Sweeping is on Mondays and Tuesdays from 9 am to 11 am. On Monday, park the car on our side of the street. On Tuesday, park it on the other side. Parking is usually available, but if you're really struggling then it's probably okay to just pull into the Plummer Park parking lot till something opens up. Treat my Pilot like it's your own. Except don't total it.
Cristina has placed instructional Post-Its on the household plant life.
Make yourself at home in the apartment. Have some friends over, use the television, my desk is your desk, do whatever you got to do. Our downstairs neighbor has some medical issues, so just don't be up too late making noise. You'll probably be fine.
Venice is my favorite beach to go to from here because it's only about 45 minutes away, the water is dead, the crowd is lively, and parking usually isn't that bad. I usually take Santa Monica to Cienega to the 10 to Fourth Street and find free street parking as close to the beach as possible. If you're having trouble finding a spot in that area, Google "Gjusta" and head that way. There's always some parking available near that bakery, they've got great croissants, and it's only 5-10 minutes to the beach.
Newport Beach, Manhattan Beach, and Malibu are all pretty cool. There's a dog beach in Malibu and one in Long Beach, too.
Have fun, and don't let the dog die.