Friday, 20 April 2018

Another glorious day today

Not quite as hot as yesterday thank goodness but hot enough! Mind you, the weather forecast states thunderstorms overnight on Saturday, hope they don't wake Ruby!

Managed to go food shopping today so one thing back on the agenda, normality slowly resuming.

Normally I would grown my own peppers and tomatoes but have decided this year to buy them in from a local nursery. Other than weeding the raised beds, nothing else has been done. Ruby sleeps anywhere from 1 - 2 hours during the day, so just like a human baby, we tend to store up our tasks to do until then.

She had a bath in plain water today as she was beginning to smell a bit ripe. She wasn't too fazed by it but was happier when DB held her whilst she stood on her back legs up the inside of the bath. It also made it easier for me to pour some water over her without alarming her too much. Didn't do her head this time.

Dried her thoroughly with a towel then when almost dry, she went to sleep outside in the sun for a short while. She smells a lot better now and is very soft!

Had her first wee on the patio, a different surface, so that is also good. Have begun training her to 'sit' which for the most part she understands as she already does that for her food. Going to do 'down' next. We are still trying to get her used to going in her car safety crate which we think might be a longish process. We stopped off to buy her a 'treats' snake thing which can have her dried food put into it. We pushed 7 pellets into it, put her in the crate and got almost home before she started getting agitated.

Her vet nurse visit went well and she weighed 4.125kg which she said was a good weight, neither too light nor too heavy. Booked her in for socialisation classes which for her, begins a week on Tuesday for 4 weeks. As 'parents', we have to go the first week by ourselves so they can let us know what they will be doing. If she won't be left alone by then, DB will look after her whilst I attend.

Onwards and upwards. Have a great weekend folks.

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Spring - yeah!

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A lovely warm day yesterday, washing dried, raised beds weeded at last (whilst Ruby was asleep), several chores done etc. We sat out on chairs whilst Ruby had a play down the drive, which is part of our front garden, but safely fenced off.

She won't be allowed in the front garden at all unless on a lead, tied to somewhere as it is only partially fenced off. The rest of it has Leylandii trees which she would easily slip through. Also, all my nice but 'nasty to dog' plants have been transferred in there!

We are off to the vets today for a 'meet and greet' with the nurses. This is so when she does have to go back for her next round of jabs, she hopefully will have good memories of it.

Today also sees the first mini rounds of basic training begin. We shall do a couple of minutes of 'sit' before her midday meal, then again before one of the others meals (or both if we can) but think she will be overtired from the vet visit. She has learnt by herself to sit when we bring her food in but aren't sure she actually knows she is sitting if you see what I mean.


Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Lost in time....

Even if we hadn’t brought Ruby home, we think we would still be a bit disconknockerated after a fortnight away!

Walking buddy E., came for lunch and a play with Ruby. She commented on how settled she was. That is a nice comment to receive but we feel we are saying ‘no’ a lot, which apparently is quite a normal thing to feel.

By Tuesday she was doing most toileting outside which is a bonus. Although she knew where the door was to go out, it will be a while we think before she connects the door with the urge to go.

She continues to sleep through the night until about 06:20 or so. As we are woken by the day chorus around 05:30, we are usually just drifting off again. She sleeps for now in the lounge with us in the back of the house, so unless she is howling/screaming, we don’t really hear her too much and for the most part, get up between 06:30 and 07:00.

She waits quietly when we enter the room for us to let her out of her crate. DB calls her outside whilst I clean up her toilet pen attached to the crate. Most mornings there is usually only one or two wee’s on the paper.