Carley has started medication to help reduce some of her anxiety, and it's starting to make a difference. We know there will be some adjusting to do to get this just right, but the medications are very cheap ($4/month) and she thinks the hot dog we hide them in each morning is the perfect way to start the day.
Miss Carley still enjoys a predictable routine, likes to get up at the same time each day, likes to eat the same food, likes playing and napping.
This summer routine has been really good for her. She's had a chance to go for rides in the car and she does very well in the car, particularly if one of the resident dogs goes with her—that really makes all the difference in the world. Carley really isn't all that excited about getting into the car so we continue to work on that with her.
We know for certain that when it's time for Carley to find her forever home, her new family will need to have a playful, confident dog to be her buddy and mentor. We laugh at some of the things that Carley has learned this last month—things that other dogs would have grown up knowing.
She now loves her dog bed; she has a favorite and is willing to share it. She likes her dog bed so much that we now make sure there's a bed for her out in the sunroom during the day, and she will pace a bit until we remember to put it out there for her. I think it's time to buy a permanent bed for the sunroom...
Life with a retired breeder dog is very rewarding; it's so great to see them learn new things, develop trust and enjoy the Golden life. Yet there are also times we need to remember that with progress there can also be challenges.
Right now, for reasons we're not sure about, Carley is back to being very cautious about coming back into the house after she's been outside. So this is our focus now, helping her regain her confidence and continue to master the fine art of household living!