the swelling is pretty much gone. i still deem it un-photo friendly. his fur is starting to grow back in, so he's all itchy. he's figured out that i'll rub his stomach if he comes over, waits til i notice him, then rolls over and does this 'whine' thing. you know for however well trained you think you have your dog, he/she has you trained better.
he does seem to realize it's gone. i've noticed he runs more...(i call out 'run, forrest, run. i can't help it :) ) he seems to have passed the pain part- he seems to be back to his peppy self. next tues (the 23rd) we go to the vet to have the staples taken out.