Bear has settled in well with our family! We weren’t planning on keeping the name, but he responds to Bear and does come when he’s called. He knows sit, lay down, and “spin”.  He is a very picky eater but we finally figured out a cooked chicken and rice blend, mixed with his Purina kibble.  He only eats at dinner time regularly, but he has been putting on weight. His ribs aren’t as noticeable but we’re still working on filling out around his hips and spine.  He has adjusted well to our sleep schedule, too. After his evening walk, he takes himself to bed and is usually curled up on the foot of our bed even before we get there! He’s not a “morning dog” and prefers to sleep in whenever he can.  And yes, he’s welcome to sleep on our bed with us and he loves to take naps curled up in a ball on the recliners and sofa during the day! Housetraining is going well. We’ve only had a handful of accidents but we’ve almost got our schedule of walks and potty breaks lined up. 
He loves my niece and nephew (7 and 2 yrs old), and gives them tons of kisses.  He loves playing outside with his “cousins” (my sister’s dogs).  He loves going to Petsmart and seeing all the people there. They think he’s beautiful, very friendly, and super well-behaved!  We’re still working on the kitties, however.  They are weary of him still, but he has stopped chasing them, which is a great accomplishment.  He is VERY interested in them and follows them around the house whenever he can, before they have enough of him and they escape downstairs.  We’re so glad Bear is a part of our family!  We will continue to keep you guys updated.
Bear was adopted in November 2021.

November 2022 update: Bear enjoyed his first Thanksgiving dinner yesterday and hung out with his doggie cousins.  He made sure to howl a welcome to everyone who showed up and gave most of the guests some holiday kisses. He just loves everyone and all the attention!

We’ve been busy this summer with our new camper and taking Bear on long hikes in the National Forests over our weekend getaways.  He loves hiking and snacks! I’ve attached some photos from our adventures as well as him snuggling with his favorite lamby toy after a long day of hiking. He absolutely hates getting brushed so please pardon the scruffy coat in some of his pictures; we’re trying little by little to get it back under control! He’s a wonderful addition to our family and we love being his puppy parents! <3