(Disclaimer: Apologies if this post seems disjointed, I can’t write while she’s awake, and when she falls asleep it takes some time to get my thoughts together. I also just love watching her sleep. She has the cutest little face!)
I can’t believe it’s only been two weeks since we made the trek up to PA to pick up the new addition to our fur-family. With the housebreaking, discouraging the act of cat chasing, vet visits, crate training and keeping a constant hawk-eye on this active little girl, it honestly feels like Willow has been in our lives much longer. Each day we notice that she is starting to look more dog and less tiny puppy, though her actions still scream “I am definitely a puppy!”
She is an absolute angel when she is asleep 😉 And really the other “bad” behavior is either because she is still a baby (10 weeks today!) or just an error on our part (not watching her closely, or needing some more training ourselves 😉 )
She has been doing wonderfully in the crate at night, sleeping from about 9 to 7 straight through the night. And we haven’t had any accidents in the house since Friday morning! This little girl catches on quick 🙂 We have also mastered “sit” and “down” (laying down), though we still have a very short attention span and haven’t quite gotten the idea of “stay.” We gated off one room of the house to make watching Willow much easier, and to give the cats a bit of a break without them feeling like they have to stay upstairs to get away from this shiny black bundle of mayhem. Willow definitely is starting to get frustrated that she isn’t allowed past the gate all the time, but once she understands her name and comes when called, she will be ready to explore the rest of the house off-leash.
One of our favorite toys is the IQ Ball, we fill it with kibble at breakfast and/or dinner time and she noses it around to get the food to drop out of the hole. Once she figured out how it works, she went crazy! Check out the video of Willow playing with the IQ Ball here 🙂
We met a friend and her 8-month old son at a park last week. Willow just LOVED sniffing around on our walk, and my friend and I enjoyed comparing raising babies and puppies. Her son also was extremely excited to watch an active little puppy flop around. On Saturday, a friend and her 5 year old dog came by and we took a walk so Sully could show Willow just how it’s done. After some excited squealing from Willow and “what-the-heck-is-that-and-why-does-it-have-so-much-energy” glances from Sully, I think they warmed up to each other nicely.
I will admit to days where we wonder “what the heck did we get ourselves into?” But honestly, we wouldn’t trade this lovable little girl for the world. She is just as much a part of the family as Oliver, Maddie or Sebastian, though they would still beg to differ at this point 😉