Glad everyone seems to enjoy the updates, so I shall continue them. Though to be honest I think I need them more as a place to vent my emotions....
We went for our morning constitutional, and can report that she is a joy to walk. We met 3 other dogs, 2 off the leash, and she was very well behaved, even to the little Westie.
We walked down to a railway crossing bridge about a mile away. As it has lots of stairs I was expecting to have to turn back, as she doesn't seem to now how to use stairs based on what I have seen in the house. How staggered was I when she trots up them and down the other side without a murmur.
The little minx is either playing games at home, or she lived in a house environment before and was trained not to go upstairs? I assumed she had been in kennels all her life, perhaps Lisa knows?
But you are right Tracey, am loving the little girl. Not yet been 24 hours but we seem to be coming to an understanding. If she is not walking, playing or eating, then she will be found at the bottom of the stairs asleep
Considering that is right in front of the door needed to exit the house, getting some separation time just became a tad more difficult! But we shall persevere.
Not had much opportunity for new photos, was too nervous yesterday afternoon and weather has been poor ever since. But will work on it.
When Jet first arrived his favourite place was at the foot of the stairs, blocking the front door too-it's still his default position in the hot weather Are you going round singing "....... I fell in love with you, Turned my whole world upside down". .?
Good to know she is not the only one. It was very warm yesterday and last night, so that maybe reason. Hopefully she'll move to her bed at some point when it gets cooler. I did try to move her bed to foot of stairs but the minx then laid in lounge
Lol. No, not quite, though she is lovely, and proving very easy to live with so far.
Feeding seems to be an issue though, I feed her indoors and she ignores it. I go to take it outside to throw it away and she wants to eat it. Put bowl on ground outside and she scoffs the lot. I think I need to take Lisa's advice and throw it out if not eaten no matter what, then perhaps she'll start eating indoors.
She was a very good girl over night, as is becoming the norm, sleeping like a baby. Until the bin men woke her up about 640am, which being another new experience for her, had her up and prowling around.
But I got up and let her out, just to be safe, and got a no.2 out of her, and then she settled back down, so I went back to bed with a coffee. My kind of routine
We went out for a walk about 730am, which she has started to get all excited about, bouncing up and down as I go to get the lead. We tried a new route today and I can see why she never progressed to a racer, she has all the chase instincts of a sloth. This mornings route was laden with bouncy bunny rabbits and they might as well have been crisp packets for all the interest she showed. She was more interested in watching some swans we saw across a lake later.
I will start work upstairs in 30 mins, so will be interesting to see how we get on being introduced to my normal working practices.
Lol. Yes, it kind of puts you in your place doesn't it. But it also means that she's no bother, always willing to take herself back off to bed at the drop of the hat.
You are right, I'm still a bag of nerves but getting a little more relaxed every day. Now, if I could just get her moved from bottom of stairs to where I want her to sleep and have her chill when I leave the house, we will have the full set of good virtues going on
I think I had my first experience of some greyhound zoomies this morning
We got back from our walk, on which she was as placid as anything, and I opened patio door so she could go have some water, then went back up garden to lock the gate. I turn around and there she is sprinting at me. What a sight she is. She zoomed around me, back into house, turned around and back again. Did it about 3 times before conking out on her blanket
Maybe one day I'll get access to a fully enclosed field to see her in full flow. In the meantime I'll settle for mini-garden-zoomies
Main project for the rest of the week is to work on separation issues. Oh and to introduce her to the hoover, all these zoomies have consequences!
She's coming out of her shell more and more. She wants more playtime than before, often at odd times, but cannot begrudge her. Introduced her to a kong today, but she couldn't work out how to get to the treat so gave up on it. My fault I think for putting the treat in too far. Naughty daddy! Will have to work on my treat insertion techniques
Going to try some separation time tomorrow. Will report back!
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