Do you remember the turmoil my husband and I went through trying to decide if we wanted a second dog? (1 or 2 dogs?)
And then how we made the decision to get Stella? (Looking back).
And how Riley and Stella have become friends? (Big Brother, Little Sister).
Stella came to us with several bad habits and even more fears. We’ve worked really hard with her, and she has made such progress over the past 4 months! It gives us a great deal of satisfaction that now, when she looks at something that seems, to her, delightfully yummy… like a cardboard box…. she doesn’t chew it.
When she first came to us, she didn’t want to have much to do with us at all. But now, when I pick her up to get her ready for bed (she sleeps in a very comfy and large crate), she snuggles her head against my neck.
Stella used to run away from us, but now she only runs away from us when she wants us to chase her. For fun.
She used to bark at EVERYTHING, but now only barks at the scary UPS driver, or birds, or the wind. But, when we tell her “Quiet; it’s okay”… she understands and stops barking.
She lets me give her a bath and that might be one of my favorite times. It’s probably kind of strange, but I just love looking at her long eyelashes and this is one of the few times when she is still enough for me to really look at them. They are so soft and delicate.
She’s not perfect. She still doesn’t come… unless she wants to, which is typically when I have a treat in my hand. And her signal to go outside is a gentle touch on my leg – which if I miss – well, I’m likely to find a surprise in the house somewhere. (We’re working on a bell system, since she simply will NOT give a verbal signal.)
But, gosh, if those eyelashes don’t make up for it.