It’s been a month since I adopted Willow. She has settled in nicely and brings us so much joy. She is 9 months now.
This week she started giving her paw when you ask for it. One down many to go. She sit and give paw on orders. We are still working on the fetch. Now I want to start on training her to lie down on demand.
I have found that Willow do have a will of her own. When she feels like playing fetch she will bring the ball to me or throw the ball at my feet. We play ball in the passage outside.
She loves running around in the garden and entertaining herself with her toys.
She loves playing outside and if you give her a new toy she takes it outside.
This week she was very naughty but like children they test the boundaries. She knows exactly when she did something wrong. She hates being ignored, but in some cases I can’t ignore it when she is naughty for her own safety.
I am busy training her to give paw. Today was the first time that she did give her paw when I asked for it. I tried a few minutes later again and she just look at me….
I took her to the Vet last Friday and she got a clean bill of health and also her last injections. The Vet told me to keep Willow at home for 14 days before we go out again. I am not sure why, but I am rather safe than sorry.
Willow loves attention and she will make sure you give her plenty. In the evenings she will squeeze between Morné and me.
She loves to lick…. Poor Ogies end up wet more than once a day…. Ogies and Willow gets along so great. She will call Willow and then when Willow gets near she will moan and I will tell Willow to leave Ogies alone. The other day I was standing in my office doorway and I saw something very interesting. Willow was lying under the couch and Ogies was sitting on the chair in the sun. She started moaning looking straight at me. Poor Willow wasn’t even near her. When I did not respond, she moaned even louder. I started wondering how many times Willow was innocent….
On the Willow and Shadow front;
They are still not getting along. When Shadow sees Willow he disappears. My heart is braking and I miss my cuddles with my boy. I wish that Shadow will realize that Willow just wants to play. But taken Shadows past I can understand that he is afraid.
Willow has been with us for 3 Weeks. Three very busy weeks. She is like a toddler, when you don’t hear her or see her then you must know she is busy with mischief.
Willow has a fattish with plastic bowls, dishcloths, and towels. I have no idea how I will get her to stop.
I can’t go to the bathroom without her. She will open the door if I close it and then she will come and lie by my feet. If she can’t open the door she will sit and cry until I come out.
Her concentration span is very short and she gets distracted very easily. Training takes a bit longer than I am used to but, just like children, pups have their own pace at developing.
Yesterday while I was busy doing the dishes she threw her ball at my feet. We moved the ball playing to the passage next to the house, it’s under a roof and much dryer than outside especially when it is raining. Also no distractions and it stretches the full length of the house. She gets enough exercise while playing here.
Going for walks is also easier. I found a route with minimum dogs and I also started jogging short distances with her. The short distances is more for me though, I am the one who gets tired of jogging….
My biggest problem with Willow is that I don’t have much information about her past. I am trying to find out a bit more about her first 8 months.
Willow is adapting very good. She is testing the boundaries on a daily basis.
Every morning she climbs on the bed with me and we cuddle for a while. Sometimes we fall asleep other times she sits and barks at her reflection in the sliding door.
Every morning while waiting for the kettle to boil, Willow and I go outside to feed the birds and clean up the yard and play.
She loves playing ball and with sticks. About 4 days ago she started bringing the ball to me.
At 8:30am we go to my fathers flat to make him breakfast and test his blood sugar. If I am just a few minutes late Willow starts moaning at the sliding door.
I try to take her for walks every day. Even if it is just a short one. I bought her a new training leash and it works like a dream. When we go for walks it start out a bit bumpy but after a few minutes she gets used to it.
In the evenings she lies on the couch with us. When we go to bed she gets up on the bed and as soon as we switch off the light she returns to the couch.
Here are some of the photos taken the day Willow arrived.
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