Mattie, previously known as Piper, had her wellness check, and everything is perfect as far as her physical health. She weighs 50 lbs and is up to date on her vaccinations and preventatives, and her fecal was negative (always a yay!!).
The family who surrendered her adopted her from RAGOM when she was 2 years old. They’ve had her for 4 years, but recently, she’s become increasingly anxious about being crated when they leave for work. They made the heart-wrenching decision to return her to RAGOM and let us find a new home for her. Since she’s been here, I’ve given her free roam and she hasn’t been crated. I’ve explored leaving her for longer and longer periods of time, and so far we are up to 5 hrs and she’s doing just great. There haven’t been any problems at all. When I get home, she is always standing at the door with a smile on her face and her tail is a’wagging.
Mattie is an excellent listener and is all about pleasing. She has the basic commands down and she absolutely loves it when we do any kind of training, especially when there are treats involved. There haven’t been any potty accidents at all. She slept in the bedroom on her dog bed the first couple of nights. On the third night, I left the bedroom door open, and sometime in the night, she wandered out and ended up on one of the beds in the living room. That has been her routine since—she seems to like that independence. She doesn’t make a peep all night.
We go for a couple of walks a day, and she walks well with an Easy Walk harness. She lives for anything outdoors, and she’s “all in” when we go for a hike at the local county park that has groomed trails, or in the woods behind the house (we live in the country). She really has fun when we playing fetch, and that can be with a ball or a stick—she turns into a total goofball!