Today I thought I'd drop you a line and tell you how I am doing. I have been very
busy over the last week getting to know my new family - Lisa (Mom), Mike(Dad) and
Garrett(big brother?) - my new house and my new office (where I go to work with Mom.)
My house is just perfect. My new Mom and Dad put gates up on the kitchen doors so I
can roam free anywhere in the room. They also removed anything that is too tempting
for me to resist, such as the trash bucket and the recycling bins. They put out lots
of nice newspaper for me to "go" on, but guess what!?! I don't need them anymore -
I do all of my business outside! I have adapted very well to my leash. I also have
a very nice crate with soft towels in it for me to take naps. When I am at home during
the day I nap in the kitchen in my crate - with the door open. It is great because I
can go in and out when I want to, but I am still safe in the kitchen. For the past
couple of nights, after dinner and after my trip outside, I have been allowed in the
living room for a little while. The only carpet in the house (the rest is hardwood
flooring) is in the living room and it feels nice and soft. I have been learning to
stay on the rug and not to jump up on the furniture. My Mom and Dad say I am a good
girl (actually, they say it all of the time!) so I think I am learning really fast.
It is really fun to play with Garrett. He is a big boy (just turned 12) so he knows
that he needs to be gentle with me because I am so young and tiny.
That doesn't mean we can't have any fun, though! He likes to play with me by tossing
my chew toys and rolling me a red rubber ball, which I love to chase. He has also
made up a funny song with my name in it. I love it when he sings it to me!
At night I sleep upstairs in Dad's office which is connected to Mom and Dad's bedroom.
I sleep in my crate with the door closed (so Mom and Dad will know I am safe through
the night.) I don't mind it at all because I have a special "fleece" bed and a soft
baby blanket that I get to have only at night. I go to sleep for the night at around
11:00 p.m. and sometimes wake up around 4:00 a.m. to make a quick trip outside.
Usually, I sleep through until 6:00 a.m. when I am up for the day (or, rather
until my morning nap!) I only cried on the first night, and only for a few minutes.
Mom said I must be missing my brother and other Save A Dog friends. Now I am used
to sleeping by myself - no problem!
When I go to work with my Mom it is very exciting because her boss has a BIG
German Shepherd named Dutch that she also brings to the office. I love to play
with Dutch because even though she is huge, she is very gentle. She even lets me
rest right next to her for a few minutes at a time. I really like to do this. My
Mom thinks it is because Dutch is big and soft and warm and that she reminds me
of my dog friends from your house.
I love to ride in the car - always in my crate, of course. That crate is the
safest spot for me. On Sunday my Mom brought me in the car to watch Garrett
rollerblade at the outdoor skate park near our house. Of course I stayed in the
car because I am so young and don't have all of my shots yet - if my Mom let me
down on the ground I might get sick. In a few weeks I'll be able to walk where
ever I want to. For now, I love walking and running in our fenced back yard. This
also keeps me safe from the street and other animals who I know live in the
neighborhood, but aren't as gentle as Dutch.
I will be meeting my neighborhood friends in about six weeks. My new doctor
said that is when it will be safe.
Thanks for taking such good care of me and getting me off on the right start!
My doctor said I have had excellent vet care when I was with you and that my
new family is very lucky to have such a healthy, good, and of course, cute dog.
I will come to a Save A Dog event as soon as I am protected.
Take care and thanks again,
Gracie (formerly Cher)