After a two hour ‘home visit,’ we were approved to bring Hazel home today at 5:30 p.m. It’s easier to have a kid! Geesh! We received a great deal of instruction during the home visit and then again when we picked her up. We had to sign an agreement stating we would not sell, trade or give her away.
The car ride home was uneventful except for Hazel’s desire to be in the front seat. She was alert to the sights and sounds but fairly calm. She was very quick to jump out of the car when we got into the garage and then just as quick to get into the house. I walked her through the first floor of the house to familiarize her with the rooms. She sniffed everything. She swilled down ALOT of water.
The shelter gave us some of her favorite toys. She grabbed a leopard spotted squeaky bone, took it into the living room and bounced around with it from room to room! We were so surprised! We hadn’t seen that side of her before.
She was very attentive to the hubster’s preparation of dinner! Her eyebrows were tweaking left and right while the nose was going up and down, hoping for a crumb to fall from the pan. While I poured drinks, the hubster took her outside where she did her ‘duty.’ Before we sat down to eat, I took her to the living room. Hubster put a chair across the entrance way. I gave her a treat and there she sat, quiet as a mouse while we ate. She even laid down!
While I cleaned up the kitchen, the hubster sat down to watch PTI and guess who jumped up next to him on the couch?! Yup! She curled herself into a little ball and now is snoring away like a buzz saw!
I can see where work needs to be done. First is to teach her to not pull on the lead. She is really, really strong and I have a hard time holding her back. So walking to heel will be on deck for lesson #1. Also, teaching her to ‘stay.’ She’s pretty trainable so I expect her to pick things up quickly.
Day one… :o)