I can’t tell you what a great feeling I had when I saw Abby wagging her tail and coming right to me after our three weeks away. I was afraid she would forget me. And then the sad looks on her three new dog friends faces' when she left. Thanks again, Auntie!
Since we have been back together, the routine has returned to the first days Abby arrived at our house in November. She spends most of the time in her wire kennel with all her stuffed animals (babies). I have to tell you the story about her babies.
The second night she was at our home, we left a basket of dog stuffed animals in the room with her. The next morning they were all in her kennel, tucked in the back corners. I thought, wow, she came out of her kennel! Let’s try this again.
The next three nights we left a toy outside her kennel and she again grabbed it and rearranged her kennel. We all looked at each other and said, wow, she thinks those are her babies. Being a mother for so many years, she wants to comfort them. It’s pretty amazing! What a sweet girl!
But back to her routine. Although she spends most of her time in her kennel, as soon as you're in another room and say "Abby, let’s go outside" or she sees me with my coat on, she runs to the front door. She loves to go outside, but we don’t have a fenced yard. We will run and play in the yard (on leash) where she feels safe, but she still doesn’t like to go on walks unless it is dark out.
Now to the break-my-heart part. After talking with her aunt (who was able to spend three weeks with her), I have decided Abby does indeed need a confident resident dog with her to continue her progress. My love and cuddling isn’t enough for her. I want her to be able to grow and have a yard to run in.
While away from me for three weeks, with confident resident dogs, she would bring toys to her auntie and get on the couch for belly rubs. She even showed puppy-like play energy. That never happened in my home.
If your home has a confident dog and you want a sweet girl, Abby is for you! Again, our family just wants the best for her and we have enjoyed every minute.
I just want to add that my college-age girls and I had no problem gaining her trust, but she is still shy around my husband. Now that the girls are back at school, Abby is alone for eight hours with free roam in our mud room and has never had an accident.