Monday, August 13, 2012
So, a couple of weeks later, and here is our new family member, Abby. We picked her up Saturday. Her "finder" had generously taken her to the vet again for a check-up and immunizations, and provided her pop-up sleeping tent, blanket, toys, food, collar and leash, comb and brush, shampoo, ear cleaner, food bowl--wow, kind of like the goodie baskets you got at the hospital when they sent you home with your new baby.
And it is indeed like having a new baby in the house. We are introducing our dogs slowly in small doses, while Abby is in her crate. So far, all tail wagging and looking to make new friends. I am taking her outside in the front yard on leash for now, and she delights in playing with the cats who reside in our front yard.
In two short days, we have established our routine. I am up at 6 to walk her, then feed her, then it's play-time, then another walk, and now down for her nap.
She is very sweet-natured, although in her puppy stage, biting at everything. I use redirection, giving her a toy to chew, and reinforce her compliance. Wow, I had forgotten how much work it is to train a puppy. One thing about it, the sleeping late days are done for a while.