If you missed Friday's post, here's a recap.
It's true. We adopted a puppy. Gracie Rae (homage to my Dad) was adopted on Thursday, December 3, 2015. They think she's about three months old, seemingly a lab-shepherd mix, and couldn't be cuter.
Gracie was born in Puerto Rico and is part of the All Sato Rescue project. Sato is a Spanish slang term for mutt. This non-profit organization rescues and rehomes the sato dogs and pups. They have rescue partner shelters all over the United States. We were lucky to have one such shelter in a nearby town.
The Señor and I had discussed having a dog for a long time. We both grew up with dogs and cats, but here, for one reason or another, we never had one of our own, until now.
And she's wonderful company for us all, and especially my 83 year old mother-in-law, who lives with us and is home all day. When the Señor and I go away for a weekend, Gracie and my MIL have some one-on-one time, and when we travel to Spain, she will spend time with her dog-cousins. It takes a village, and ours is wonderful.
Currently, we are in the midst of the house training and teething
hell phase. We're reading up on the topic like it's our job. If you have any advice, please share in the comments. So far, we're taking her out as soon as she wakes up, after napping, after feeding, and after playing hard. She's doing what she needs to outside, but she's still having accidents inside. We're using a lot of Nature's Miracle, which works like a charm, by the way.
We want her to go outside, which is why we haven't done puppy pads.
She's only been with us since Thursday night and she's only 12 weeks old, and she's a rescue...who knows how she entered this world or how long she was with her mother. I told the Señor...she's like some of my students...it takes some of them more time, especially if they come in without a lot of background knowledge. She'll get there; however, I also appreciate best practices, so if you have any, please share.
We have gotten her lots of toys for teething and she fetches like a pro. She loves to gnaw on me...no one else...just me. UGH! Any advice beyond distraction with a teething toy, a firm no and removing myself for a minute?
Luckily, we never had to worry about crate training. She voluntarily goes in to nap. We leave the door open all day and in she goes. She loves it; she feels safe. She sleeps all night and never whines.
She has been to Petco for some socialization and a meeting with Santa, and she did great. She waited patiently for her turn.
And then, she had her chance to meet the man in red.
She made it to the "nice" list.
Everyone in the store, it seemed, came to meet Gracie, who charmed everyone with kisses and snuggles, and rolling onto her back to have her belly scratched.
She even found a friend.
But sadly for her, this one didn't return her sweet affections.
She is a sweet girl. She is as loving as she is strong willed. Training a puppy is not for the faint of heart, but she is a lot of fun.
I would like to say we had an exciting weekend jaunting here and there, but mostly, we stayed in and loved on our lovely new girl.
How was your weekend? Please share any puppy parenting advice in the comments below. We'll take all the advice we can get.
PS--Kudos to our nephew, whose team (and my high school alma mater) made it to the MIAA high school football state championship. The Señor, one of his brothers, and his other nephews went to cheer them on at Gillette Stadium, where our New England Patriots play. They fought like champions and took a heartbreaking loss with dignity.
I stayed behind, took Gracie to Petco, and worked on my final assignments for the semester...only a few left.