On the bright side: Trooper is losing weight, finally! He’s down to a svelte 93 pounds (from about 106 at his peak). His energy is up, and I swear he’s getting smarter. He’s foiled all of my elaborate attempts to keep him off the couch. Until Melissa came to visit, and came up with a brilliant – yet embarrassingly obvious – plan (which I’ll describe in more detail in a future post).