The reason I didn’t blog much last week was because I found a puppy! I went to the humane society on tuesday and totally fell in love. I thought I would just look, but it didn’t turn out that way. 😀
So my new puppy, who I’ve named Lola, is a female german shepherd mix with a white chest and four white paws. She is 7 months old and she is about knee height. Because she is so small it is obvious that she isn’t full shepherd, but she has to be mixed with something smaller. I’m thinking beagle maybe? She totally looks like a shepherd, just smaller.
Like I said I met her on tuesday, I spent about a half an hour with her in one of their “meet and great” rooms and I decided to go home and think about it. The are closed on wednesday, so I went back on thursday and submitted my application. She had just been spayed, so she was a little sleepy. I spent about an hour with her, and most of that time she was curled up on my lap with her head under my arm. Because she had just been spayed I wasn’t able to take her home until saturday.
But that turned out to be a good thing because I had a lot to do around the house to get ready for her. I made sure I picked up everything below waist level that she could chew on. I had to make sure I picked up all of the cat toys that I’m sure she could swallow (or at least try to). Then I vacuumed really well and washed all of the floors (which I hadn’t done in far to long). Then I had to get a few last minute things like food and a leash. I had gotten everything else (like toys and beds) over a year ago, so I was just missing a few things.
Then the big day came on saturday. My appointment was at 1:15, so that gave me the morning to make sure everything was ready. Before I left I blocked off my bedroom and bathroom so my cat Sebastian had a “dog-free” zone. Then I got there and I had to do all the paper work, and then about a half an hour later we were on our way! She was pretty scared about the car ride. So she spent most of the ride home with her head on my lap or tucked under my arm. But I guess I’d rather have that then have her bouncing all over the car.
When I got home I took her out to the yard right away and let her get some energy out before I took her in the house. I kept the leash on her while she took her first look around the house. But after that I let her go wherever she wanted. Which thankfully is wherever I am. The good thing about that is that I don’t have to worry about what she is doing in another room out of eyesight.
I was surprised how good she is. She didn’t tear around the house, she played nicely with her toys, and she even knows how to sit! And she didn’t have an accident in the house. Part of that was because I was taking her out every hour or so that first day, but it’s a good thing no matter the reason. She actually spent most of the day sleeping. She would run around and act crazy when I took her outside, but she was quiet inside the house.
She didn’t eat much supper, I think she is used to having access to food all day long and eating whenever she wants, but after a half an hour I picked the bowl up so that she knows that if she doesn’t eat when the food is given she doesn’t eat at all.
When it came time to go to bed I had to kind of push her into the crate, but once she was in there she quieted down and went to sleep.
Yesterday was pretty good as well. I was happy to find that she didn’t have an accident in her crate during the night. I was taking her outside about every two hours and she is very good about doing her business right away and then she’ll come over to me to say that she’s done. Which is really nice if I just want to run out for a quick potty break and not stand out there for a half an hour. She did have one accident in the house, but she had just woken up from a really long nap (about 3+ hours I think). She just got up and peed right outside of the bed. So I think that was more my fault then hers. I should have woken her up to take her outside. But now I know.
I took her for two walks yesterday. She has really bad leash manners. She spends most of her time pulling on the leash and then choking because she can’t breathe. So that’s something I’ll have to work on. I’m thinking I’ll go to the pet store tonight and try to get a harness for her. That way I can correct her without worrying about hurting her throat.
She didn’t eat much again yesterday morning, but last night she ate pretty well. Still less then I think she should eat, but at least she is eating. I’m thinking (so far at least) that she is eating about 2 cups of dry food a day. The food bag says she should eat 3-4 cups. But I can’t force her to eat. She is on the skinny side, so I’d prefer she eats more, but I guess maybe she knows how much she should eat.
Last night was pretty hard. She cried several times during the night whenever she heard me moving around. I think that’s mostly because she can’t see me. If I told her to be quiet she normally settled down. I think I’ll leave a radio on during the night and hope that helps.
So over all she’s been pretty good so far. The only problem has been Sebastian. He is terrified. He spent the whole weekend hiding. When I went to bed last night he curled up to me and just shook. At one point during the night he must have went to check out the rest of the house, which just happened to wake up Lola, and she got up and started whining and that sent Sebastian flying back into the bedroom. I’m going to look at getting a product called Feliway which is a pheromone that calms cats. I’m hoping that will help. Lola isn’t helping much because every time she sees him she gets all excited, which just terrifies Sebastian and sends him hiding again. I’m hoping that after a few days he will get better.
So that’s how my first few days with Lola have been! I’m sure you’ll be hearing lots more in the next couple days. I’ll try to post a picture of her so that you can see what she looks like.