Wicca arrived to our home today, October 8th. Happy to be out of the carrier and in the fresh air, she welcomed and returned affection from anyone and everyone willing to oblige. It’s almost as if this sweet girl realized that this was the first chapter of her life as it should be. She behaved nicely during the car ride home and seemed content with looking out the windows while receiving affection from her foster daddy, who was sitting in the back seat with her. For the last hours of the night, she stayed in the crate, taking in the sights, and smells of the dogs and our home without feeling threatened. She did very well with going in the crate but needed a treat as incentive; however, once in the crate, she slept peacefully through the night. Good girl!
UPDATE: It’s amazing what a good night’s sleep can do. Wicca felt comfortable meeting our dogs and by mid-afternoon, was comfortably roaming around the yard with everyone. Today, I learned that Wicca already knows “sit”, very enthusiastically comes when called and LOVES to SNUGGLE. She also LOVES toys (especially squeaky stuffed animals) and chewing on bones. I got a kick out of watching her find treasures throughout the house and, one at a time, putting them in her ‘room’. She is also very responsive to being told “no”. For example, Wicca is very good with our elderly cat but, occasionally, has annoyed him by getting a little too nosey, so she’s had to be corrected by being told “no”. I’ve never had to say it more than twice and usually just once does the trick. While this sweet girl doesn’t seem to have a mean bone in her body, she has shown a little bit of jealousy when she sees the other dogs in the house getting luvins from the humans. She tries to move in, pushing them away, so she gets attention too. This behavior is not rewarded and we are working to help her to understand that everyone deserves their own time to receive luvins. Final discovery for the day… It would seem that we have a shoe thief in our midst! She doesn’t actually DO anything destructive to them but, if she sees that someone has kicked off their shoes/sneakers/slippers in the living room, she will very casually pick one up and bring it to her ‘room’ to add to her collection of treasures. Thankfully, she is not a chewer.
UPDATE: We had to go to work today, the first day we left her home alone for a while. Wicca did very well with her first weekday/workday. She did her morning piddles, ate her breakfast and spent some time outside with the others while we got ourselves ready. She was very good about going back into her room. She is a bit excited to receive treats so we are working on fine-tuning her manners. At lunchtime, she was let out to stretch her legs, eat some lunch, relieve herself and get some fresh air for about an hour before going back inside. This new routine seems to be completely fine with her and she is showing me how adaptable she is to her new living situation. After work, I noticed Wicca and my dogs playing with each other more: from running around playing chase (taking turns with who’s “it”), to wrestle mania with my younger dog and playing fetch when I would throw a ball across the yard (although, she hasn’t quite grasped the concept of bringing the ball back so it can be thrown again). Once it was time to come inside, Wicca seemed very content with alternating from chewing on her bone in her room, snuggling with us on the couch and getting/giving smooches, to occasionally relocating someone’s footwear that has not been properly put away.
UPDATE: Wicca is doing much better about gently taking treats. We also seem to have a better understanding on how to communicate when she needs to go potty. There have been a few accidents in the house during the first few days but I haven’t known whether to say that was because she still needed to be house-trained OR if she just needed some time to adjust to her new home. Whatever the case may be, I have started to understand her way of letting me know when she has to go. She doesn’t always go to the door (which she will ideally learn to do) but what she does do is sit in front of one of us, giving gentle little kisses, trying to get our attention. This is different from the way she asks for luvins which usually entails coming up onto the couch, leaning into my chest or wrapping her ‘arms’ around me like a monkey and giving kisses. I have noticed her doing the “sitting in front and giving gentle kisses” several times over the past 48 hours and every time she’s been let out – she does a piddle, sometimes a poop or even both within a matter of minutes. “GOOD GIRL!”
UPDATE: Oh boy! Today was a special day for Wicca! Her foster daddy decided to steal her away from the house for a little while to keep him company on some errands in the middle of the afternoon. As I have been told, she sat next to him in the front seat and behaved like a perfect lady during the drive. One of the stops they made was at the bank, where her foster daddy brought her inside to make some new friends. That’s exactly what she did. Three of the tellers came from around the counter and showered her with luvins and she happily returned the affection ten-fold. Sounds like she has some more names to add to the growing list of people whom she has bewitched into falling in love with her.
UPDATE: It is impossible to deny how lovable, smart, eager to please and downright FUNNY she is. I dare anyone who meets her NOT to fall under her spell! Wicca won’t be ready to go home until after her puppies are born and are old enough to be separated from her (a firm date cannot be given at this time but it will definitely be no sooner than December). She would be happiest in a home with a family that will give her plenty of love and affection as well as mental and physical stimulation. If you are interested, we do allow in advance meetings and visits.
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