Now that Leelu is officially ours, the work begins in earnest. She seems to know that she’s not going anywhere, or else it is my imagination, or my own knowledge that she isn’t going anywhere. But she seems settled these days. Probably has something to do with having been here three months now.
Last night she started her first obedience class, and she’s going to be a lot like Bodhi I think. She’ll do whatever I ask, but I’m not sure she really cares much about it. Gracie takes everything asked of her as a personal challenge and struts around proudly as she accomplishes it. Leelu (and Bodhi) get it done and then look at me as if to say: so what?
She was a bit nervous at class last evening, but the good news is that she took treats from the hands of other folks there, and she didn’t snap at anyone. The last time she was at Redfern for the Nose Work class she snapped at people who are very savvy dog folks, and wouldn’t take treats from them much, so I take it as a good sign that she took treats and didn’t snap last evening. The whole point of the class, for me, is just confidence building, along with strengthening some basic skills and introducing a little self-control along the way. She has become a much more confident dog in three months, at least at home, but we have a good ways to go still. We’ll get there.
She absolutely hates the camera…hates. Will not look at me most of the time if I have the camera out, so I am stuck sneaking some photos with my phone. She’s lost 8 lbs since she arrived – at 34 lbs now instead of 42 and she looks fabulous. That is her target weight so she gets a little bit more food at meals now to maintain instead of lose…I haven’t heard her complain about that. And then there’s training treats. She doesn’t mind those either.
So here’s a couple photos from today, so you can see something new on her. The fur is still growing back where they took the mole off, but it will be back in time. Maybe the fur and confidence will grow in together…we shall see.
And here she is telling me to put the damn phone down. She’s a bit of a ham when she wants to be.
And for those of you waiting for new kitten photos…working on it. It is almost impossible to photograph or video the little ones since they want to be on my lap when I’m in the room! Stay tuned.