This week has been a whirlwind. I am trying to remember everything that happened and it’s not easy! haha.
Wellie has been doing well this week, learning her commands a lot better and she is really getting the hang of “take it” and “leave it” but she still dives for things that are dropped on the floor and man is she fast!
We are still working hard on housetraining, and it’s coming along slowly. Our vet suggested giving her the treats straight away after she does her business outside and that is working for sure, but she is still having accidents inside. Over the past week she hasn’t pooped inside and eaten it as much as the previous week, but she still has done it. The pee accidents have gotten less, but again, she’s still having a few.
One issue that we are having is the door and it’s not just with Wellie, it’s with all three. They all go crazy nutso when someone comes to the door. Today a friend dropped by for a bit and it was not good. It got heated and Wellie ended up snapping at both Paddy and Cordy. I’m not sure if she was trying to keep them in line or something, but it was too much excitement for me and I want to work on them being calm when someone comes to the door. It caused me a lot of stress this evening – even my friend noticed!
Saturday brought some pretty big changes for Wellie and she has adapted so well – I am so proud of her! Friday night my parents and sister, Jane, arrived from out of town to pick up her new puppy, Sonnet. Saturday, My Mom, myself and Jane drove to the breeder to pick up little itty bitty 8 week old Sonnet, a Maltese/ShihTzu mix. She is actually from the same breeder that we got Corduroy from and they actually share the same father so they are half sisters!
When we brought Sonnet in to meet the other three, we closed her in her crate and let Paddington, Corduroy and Wellington sniff her through the crate. This way she stayed and felt safe and sound while the others could smell her and see there was another little creature in there. We then let them meet her outside of the crate and it went really well. All three were interested but ultimately didn’t care she was there and that is exactly what I was hoping would happen. Jane is staying with us for a week so we wanted everyone to meet and get along well right from the start.
The first day Sonnet was very timid and stuck to Jane like glue. She followed her around everywhere and slept on her feet. By day two she was coming out of her shell a bit and started playing with the other three dogs a lot more. It’s pretty hilarious actually – she launches herself, full force, at whichever dog is closest and tries so hard to get them to play. They love teasing her by jumping out of reach onto the bed or couch. Sonnet doesn’t think it’s as fun as they do…haha
As I predicted, Paddington wants nothing to do with Sonnet. She is indifferent to her and rarely plays with her (but has on a few occasions). Corduroy on the other hand is quicker to play, but still finds Sonnet annoying with her constant jump/fling attempts. Wellington is loving Sonnet and they play together the most. Sonnet can actually get Wellie going and she runs around in circles and it’s too cute. Sonnet launches forward at her every time Wellie circles back around her.
What amazed me right away was how Paddington, Corduroy and Wellington seemed to immediately understand that Sonnet is a puppy. They are much gentler with her than each other, and they are always checking on her to make sure she is ok. For example, last night Sonnet tried to jump up onto the couch (a feat that is far beyond her reach right now) and she hurt herself and cried out. Well didn’t the other three come running over to check on her. After I felt her all over and determined that nothing was hurting (I presume she startled herself more than anything), they three were right there sniffing her from head to toe to make sure she was ok. It was very sweet.
Wellie has been doing really well with other dogs. We’ve been going to the dog socials at Bark & Fitz in Westboro and she loves them (mostly because people give her treats for sitting and looking cute). Last night we went to the Small Breed Pups Social with Sonnet and while Sonnet slept, Wellie ran around playing and exploring everywhere she could. She was extremely well behaved the entire social and was so tired when she got home that she didn’t even play a lot with Paddy and Cordy. I’ll be taking all three dogs to the Small Fries social next week so say hello if you will be there too!
Aside from their little scuffle this evening, Paddington, Corduroy and Wellie are developing such a great relationship. When Wellie wants to run, she plays with Paddy and when she wants to wrestle, she plays with Cordy. All in all she is such a sweetheart and I am so happy she found us.
My heart is full.