Cheyenne was very fortunate to meet a few applicants recently that were interested in being her forever family, however, true to her name she was extremely “shy” during the meetings. She didn’t quite demonstrate the progress captured in her updates or the wonderful traits we all expect to see every time we meet a new Golden. Each meeting was good for her and I’m grateful to the families that expressed interest and spent time with her.
In Cheyenne’s future forever home, it will be so important that she continue to have consistency in her daily routine and the people that care for her. A daily routine helps her to know what to expect and look forward to. For example, she’ll quickly learn where you turn on walks and which is the way home.
She’ll also have that inner clock working when it gets close to meal time and will come over wagging to remind you just in case you forgot. And when she’s starting to get comfortable and feel loved, she will seek you out for some loving pets and attention. Until she gets to that point, you will just need to be patient with her.
It will be a building process for her to feel comfortable throughout the house and to not jump when she hears a new noise or is fearful of something. Although it doesn’t happen often at my house, she will still have fearful moments if I turn suddenly or something surprises her. These moments are fleeting and telling her “it’s okay, Chey” in a soft voice helps her to get past it. I’ve learned not to dwell on those moments and instead redirect our activity to something positive or happy.
The progress you see in her updates is real but I wanted to balance it out with some of the commercial breeding fears that may still surface at times and also are very real. Her learning will come from you initially as she forms a bond with who is caring for her first.
She then will start following the signals and picking up the energy from your dog once she is comfortable with them. It will never happen as fast as any of us want it to, but there are no words to express how you’ll feel each time she takes a step forward.
From Paddy, she has learned how to be excited when someone is at the door. Wagging and running to the door with him even if she’s not yet ready to meet anyone for a few pets.
Cheyenne has also learned how to feel comfortable in all areas of the house from Paddy and most recently learned how to get on the couch. She’s been watching him for quite some time and finally figured out it’s just a small climb to get up there. Since it is somewhat new to her and Paddy sharing the couch, I have been watchful to be sure they are doing okay especially since Paddy is a “space invader” and likes to snuggle a little too much.