This girl is learning so much—each day she's happier, bouncier, and more affectionate. She now gives me gentle kisses on my chin and bounces over to me whenever I sit down, just so she can be petted and told what a good girl she is.
She is exceptionally happy, and it's heartwarming to see how she's trying new things, trusting her people and enjoying life as a RAGOM girl.
Big steps for Karla this week—she's earned privileges at night to sleep on a dog bed outside of her kennel, and she's handled this very well. We're also starting to give her a bit more freedom during the day if we're away for very short trips. She still occasionally goes into her kennel all on her own, but clearly prefers to be out with the resident dogs whenever she can.
Karla has also developed much nicer dining habits—at first, she didn't seem to know what to do with a dog dish or even what to do with the food we were giving her. She seemed puzzled by it all, and we had to entice her to eat her dry food by mixing in some canned food.
Slowly, we withdrew the canned food, and now she eats dry food with much gusto and typically cleans up any food bits that might have fallen on the floor. She is not protective of her food or her toys, although she does have some favorite toys that she clearly doesn't want to share.
Karla accompanies the pack that drive to work with me each day—they all get quite excited about the phrase "time to go to work" and wait at the door to the garage and then pile into the car in a somewhat orderly fashion. The first few times, Karla wanted to be lifted into the car, but now she sails into the back row of the SUV and finds her place and settles in.
Yesterday, we took her to our favorite dog-friendly store so she could learn the joys of shopping, and she was a bit nervous. We didn't take any of her dog buddies with us, and that just made her a tad uneasy.
She didn't accept any treats from anyone in the store even though several nice people tried to entice her. We're going to have to get her out and about a bit more so she can meet more people.
She goes into the vet for her spay surgery the day after Thanksgiving and will need a bit of time to recover. She's a healthy girl, and we know she'll be glad to see us when we go to pick her up—her happiness is just contagious!
Here are some pictures of Karla from this week.