Gretchen has made great strides since arriving. She is learning to trust her humans and enjoy pets from them. Even the tall 14 year old in the home who used to send her running when he would enter the room can now coax her over for some ear scratches.
We are still waiting for her to relax enough to get a full-on belly scratch, but that will take time. When the resident dogs get their daily tummy scratches, Gretchen is right there pushing into the middle to make sure her ears and back also get scratched.
Gretchen has graduated to free roam of the house 100% of the time. She has not been destructive of anything nor had any accidents. She is alone an entire work day with no issues. She will lie on her blanket, but has not tried the fluffy dog beds yet.
We have found that she likes her humans so much that when they go to the scary basement and leave her upstairs with her fur sisters, she howls until foster mom either yells up to her that she is still in the house or until she comes back upstairs.
We don’t know if she does this when we leave for work or not, but when we get home she meets us with a wagging tail and smile from the top of the stairs or in the foyer with her fur sisters.
Gretchen has also experienced some scary things that she has slowly adjusted to, like twinkling Christmas lights in her yard and the lit Christmas tree in the living room. She no longer runs for a safe spot when she sees these, but will lay right next to the Christmas tree in the middle of the room or watch the lights when outside.
She also is not fond of the vacuum cleaner and will look for foster mom or lay in a corner of the living room, keeping an eye out for the noisy monster.