How’s Penny doing as of late?

So glad you requested! 😉

The front half of a white dog is in the frame. She has a brown freckle underneath a right eye that isn't fully formed. She's wearing a red banadan with pink and white hearts and the name Penny in pink and white bubble letters.

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Right here’s a rundown of her progress, together with a number of cute photographs:

The primary week after she got here dwelling, Penny slept. We needed to wake her as much as eat and to go exterior, and the couple occasions we tried to stroll her that first week, she didn’t need to go previous the driveway.

I took her into the vet for a full examination, and we talked about how a lot she was sleeping. The vet urged we give her one other week earlier than we apprehensive as a result of Penny was feeling protected and safe–seemingly for the primary time ever–and recovering.

Looks as if that was the case as a result of after a few week, she tried her first little zoom across the yard, and now? Full-blown zoomie monster!

She does nonetheless sleep so much, greater than any canine we’ve ever had, however her days are way more balanced now as an alternative of all sleep on a regular basis.

Penny, the white dog with brown spots all over her hind quarters, is sound asleep with her head resting on the edge of a fluffy gray bolster bed. In front of Penny is a pink and red dog toy.

She appeared to have zero expertise with canine toys and chew toys.

Since she will’t hear the squeak, she wasn’t simply enticed into taking part in. Now, one month in, she tends to chew on a toy on her mattress or on my mattress within the evenings. Her toy desire appears to be a crinkly texture.

She’s not into chasing or fetch proper now–she nonetheless has a STRONG cower response while you elevate an arm, even to throw a toy, so we’re avoiding that for now. If anybody has nice suggestions for getting a pup to play, let me know. In any other case, we simply give her plenty of time and persistence.

Fast facet story: The opposite day, Violet fell and startled Penny. I may hear Violet reassuring her time and again, “It’s okay, Penny. You’re protected. I’d by no means hit you. You’ll by no means be harm right here.” And I virtually drowned in my tears, you guys. I felt such a deep unhappiness for all Penny skilled to make her so positive she’s about to be harm AND for Violet shedding a few of her infantile naivete in regards to the world and the way folks deal with animals AND for the deep empathy Violet confirmed Penny in that second.

Anyway, Penny appears to like chewing on these cool bone substitutes, once more principally within the night in mattress. Afterwards, she hides it (beneath John’s pillow). We purchased a pack of three about two weeks in the past, and she or he’s nonetheless engaged on the primary one!

A white dog with brown spots across her hind quarters sits on a blue dog bed on a gray floor against a white wall. Penny the dog is wearing a blue harness and a red white and blue leash. Her one blue eye is turned toward the camera, and her ears are dropping like she's exhausted.

Penny and I began a foundational behaviors canine coaching class at a neighborhood coaching heart. She had the primary night time final week and crushed it. Timid at first, she got here out of her shell and labored actually onerous with me–till the final 5 minutes when she pointed her nostril towards the door like, “OK! I’m completed right here! Dwelling, please!” And he or she received dwelling and zonked out, even sleeping via the chaos of getting the ladies out the door for varsity the subsequent morning.

We’re working via our homework workout routines this week, and one thing SHOCKING occurred to me…

I believe Penny is a canine who can apply at locations like Lowe’s.

For those who’ve been round for any size of time, you already know this, however in the event you’re new or as a refresher: I labored with Lucas from his adoption in 2007 via his loss of life and Cooper from his adoption in 2010 via his loss of life final yr, soooooo that’s one thing like 16 straight years of working with and managing reactive canines. My nervous system doesn’t know what to do with a canine who sat patiently in a room with 4 different canines in numerous states of calm-to-reacting.

I actually can’t wrap my thoughts round how one can prepare a non-reactive canine–ha. I’ll get there, nevertheless it feels unusual. In truth, after we received again from class final week, John mentioned to me, “You’re not twitching! I don’t assume I’ve seen you come dwelling from a coaching class not twitching since again within the Emmett days!”

This picture shows a black cat and a tortoiseshell cat lounging on a floral blanket that is on top of a pair of human legs. To the bottom right corner, a white dog is curled up and sound asleep with her head tucked against the legs. She wears a purple and pink collar. Next to her is a bolster pillow with woodland animals printed on it. In the background, there are two dog toys and the edge of a wire dog crate. None of the animals are touching, but they're lounging close to one another.

As for the cats: The image above I took over the weekend, and that is the closest they’ve all been ever.

Penny ignores them utterly.

For the primary couple weeks, they hissed at her like loopy however couldn’t determine how Penny was ignoring them!

Then Newt simply kind of… gave up. She did the cat equal of shrugging her shoulders and moved on. Now, she mainly ignores Penny, although they will stroll proper previous one another with none hassle.

Ripley remains to be on the fence. Some days, she’s superb ignoring Penny. Different days, Penny seems at her, and Ripley’s again to hissing.

The truth that all of them cuddled up the opposite night time exhibits me they’re heading in an important path, even when the cats weren’t solely relaxed. Even Ripley, along with her head down, has her ears perked on this pic, so she’s not absolutely settled into sleep, however we’re getting there!

BTW, that blanket is my weighted blanket that impressed this put up.

Atop a large gray poof chair, a little girl in a pink t-shirt and wrapped in a pink glasses and wearing pink and blue glasses cuddles up next to a white dog with brown spots on her hind end. The dog is wearing a pink and purple collar. The little girl has the flu and her eyes are red-rimmed and her hair is messy. The dog is pushed up against her legs to comfort her.

What else?

She’s unbelievable with the ladies. She likes to snuggle with them. When Violet had the flu, Penny cuddled her for 2 straight days. Yesterday, Violet and Astrid had been taking part in within the yard. Penny requested to be let loose and she or he laid down close to the place they had been taking part in and saved an eye fixed on them. John and I watched from the window, amazed.

She’s lastly strolling all the best way to the top of our block and again. This week I plan to push her a bit additional. Nonetheless, she has but to go to the toilet in any respect on a stroll. As quickly as we’re dwelling, she dashes out to the yard to alleviate herself. Odd, I believe, however she’ll get there.

Subsequent up: I’m trying into DNA assessments for her. I’ve been asking round as a result of it’s been some time, however we used the Knowledge Panel earlier than, although many individuals have beneficial the Embark take a look at. Any execs or cons to assist me determine?

I believe that’s it–no less than, for now!

She’s an absolute gem. We’re so in love with this little woman, and she or he matches proper in with our household. I’m so grateful she got here into our lives. It was meant to be!

I’m sharing extra pics and movies of her on Instagram, so if we’re not linked there, please do attain out!


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