Sunday, October 11, 2009

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

Well, Twinkle certainly is proving herself to be a little star in my book! We've had her for over 24 hours and she has yet to pee or poop in the house. She's crated a good deal of the time at this point, as was the advice given to us for a dog this young. She does come out of her crate to socialize with the family and play, though, and she's been very good about peeing and pooping only when we take her outside. She's very playful and sweet and seems to be warming up to the family.

As for Daisy, well, let me just say that there have been no overnight miracles here. Having a dog has not suddenly turned Daisy into Little Miss Lover of Dogs. The fact that Daisy is allowing a dog in the same house with her is huge. She likes Twinkle best when Twinkle is either in her crate or being held by someone. If Twinkle is put down on the floor and is not restrained in any way, Daisy goes a little nuts and starts in with the screaming and crying. Even if someone is holding Twinkle, Daisy is a little neurotic about it. It makes me sad that Daisy is afraid of this little 3 and half pound puppy, and it's also a little wearing. I'm trying to be patient with her, but hells bells! Sigh. Anyway, we're in this for the long haul, so I just have to believe that Daisy will warm up. She has made huge strides. It wasn't that long ago that she would come completely unglued if a dog crossed her line of vision, even if the dog was 50 feet away. Now she's got a pet dog living under the same roof, one she'll pet if someone else is holding her, one she'll chatter to through the crate door, and one she stood on a stool at the kitchen sink to watch get her first bath today.

Know what I'm loving about having a little dog? Little dogs make little poop! And they eat little food! Everything about them is little. I've had big dogs all my life, and big dogs equal big everything. I'm liking this little dog thing!

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