Lion escaped punishment this morning by losing weight. I gained about what he lost, thus proving that weight isn’t really ever lost so much as it’s passed from one person to another. I also think that I’ve been eating more since he’s gotten home than I did while he was away. And I was eating salads versus “regular” food which won’t help with weight loss. In short, Lion is sabotaging me. I’m kidding. He’s not doing anything on purpose. But he is quick to tell me when I have a snack since that adds extra calories, even if it is a banana. What I really need to do is exercise more than just making more trips up and down the stairs at work.

On Thursday, Lion worked from home while his car was being repaired. Since he was home, I thought it would be the perfect time for him to wear the new cage. That way, if he needed to get out of it in a hurry, he could. We both forgot before I left the house, so he asked in an email if he could remove the Jail Bird himself. It was the first time he’s ever removed it. He said it was a bit difficult. Good! That’s one thing I don’t want it to be user-friendly; at least for him.

When I removed the new cage last night, he had similar sore spots as the first time he wore it for a few hours. He’d smoothed out the texture on most of the ring, but he must have missed a few spots. He asked to be wild last night to let it heal. Of course, I said yes. This morning he says he thinks he could wear the Jail Bird. He’s still sore, so I’m letting him remain wild. I also relieved him of wearing the training collar so it wouldn’t irritate the area either. Don’t worry. I’ll be keeping a close eye on him.

It will be interesting to see if Lion’s good behavior holds even though he’s not wearing the training collar. I don’t usually zap him while we’re out, since he seems to mind his manners. Will he be a brat without the collar? We have a lot of chores to do this weekend. That’s plenty of opportunities for him to slip up. I know he’ll try to be a good boy. Let’s see if he makes it.