Stone is 10 years old now and his once black “cow patches” are now graying significantly. He’s always been a shy, nervous boy and rarely ventures out of the safety of his home. His separation anxiety, although controlled as best as possible, has taken its toll in some ways, too. Stone needs the comfort of a predictable routine and can tolerate being alone for 4 hours, once a day. Any more and he will become stressful and urinate and/or start destroying anything he can get his mouth on. We’ve found that he does not like to be crated when we are gone, although he often sleeps in a crate when we are home. We are fortunate that we have flexible schedules and can accommodate his needs.