05-10-2012: Do you like to get up with the birds? I do!! As soon as I hear the first birds singing, I'm wide awake and ready to go outside to play!! Usually it is about 4:30 AM, somedays it's even earlier now that the days are getting longer. My foster brothers and sister are sleepy heads and could sleep until 7 or 8 am but not me. Foster mom is not too happy when I wake her up so early and she keeps telling me to go back to sleep but that usually only lasts for a few minutes and then I jump off the bed and run downstairs. Foster mom has to get up then as she thinks I will go potty in the house. She tries to get me to go back to bed but all I want to do is play and I can usually convince Rocco or Raven to join me....Jimmie sleeps until foster mom gets breakfast ready!! I like my new life and can't wait to start another day.
05-11-2012: Foster mom says she thinks I am part goat or cow cause I love to eat all the plants and leaves off of the trees. Rocco taught me to eat the good sweet grass so I like that too....I don't get sick after eating stuff but Rocco throws up after he eats a lot of grass. I get scared when he throws up but it does not stop me from eating everything outside. Foster mom has to watch me all the time because she does not want me to eat stuff that will hurt me, I try to eat the rose bushes and have tried to eat the rocks from under the deck. I listen pretty good when foster mom calls my name and tells me to stop eating stuff. I also let her take stuff out of my mouth without any problem. Oh, and I love, love, love to rip up her socks and any clothes that are on the floor or in the laundry basket. She tries to keep stuff picked up but I'm really quick and find things. I don't eat the clothes, just tear them to pieces.
05-12-2012: Today Rocco, foster mom and I took a long drive to visit one of foster mom's friends who is also a RAGOM foster mom and is her boss at RAGOM. She is fostering my friend Piper 12-116. Another foster was visiting at her house and she is fostering my friend Heidi 12-115. So the three of us puppy mill girls had a little reunion. I loved seeing my friends from my puppy mill days. We all hung out together and comforted each other when we got scared. I did pretty well on the drive, got car sick at first but did ok after that. When we got to New Ulm there were 7 dogs plus Rocco and me. I did not show my teeth or growl at any of the dogs.....that surprised foster mom since I did not know 5 of the dogs and most were way bigger than me. There were also some guys who were doing landscaping and they had some big machines that made a bunch of noise. I was a little afraid of the noise and found a safe spot on the bed where I could watch things without having to be too close to the noise and people. For most of the day we all hung out on the deck and got to have a few treats when the humans ate lunch. I was really tired after spending my day there so Rocco and I slept all the way home. Thank you Dayle S for letting me visit you at your house. I had fun meeting Grizz, Skye, Scout, Piper and meeting your friend Barb K and her dogs Moose, Nellie and Heidi. And thanks for taking the nice photos of me!!
05-13-2012: I love steak!! Tonight Raven and I shared a nice big piece of raw steak and I really liked it. Foster mom said it was her dinner and we were naughty dogs for stealing her food off the counter when she went outside to light the grill. Well, Raven grabbed the plate off the counter and when the steak hit the floor I grabbed it but not before Raven got a big chunk of it too. Rocco and Jimmie were outside with foster mom so they did not get any. When foster mom came back inside all she saw was me finishing off my piece of steak and Raven licking the plate. Boy, she was not happy about that as she had to have some soup and crackers for dinner since we ate all the steak. She thought we'd get sick and I did get a tummy ache at 3am but I woke her up so she took me outside before I had an accident in the house. Aren't I the best?? Raven did not get a tummy ache.....probably because I ate most of the steak. Now foster mom puts the food in the fridge when she goes out of the room. Guess I won't be getting steak for dinner again anytime too soon.
05-14-2012: Today I met a really big lab named Cheyenne. She's like 10 times the size of me!! She came to our house for a few hours as foster mom was bringing her to a nice lady who was adopting her. Cheyenne had been staying with a very nice man named Barry who took care of her for 4+ months and helped her drop a lot of weight. Foster mom said when she first saw Cheyenne she looked like a walking coffee table and was as wide as she was long. Well, I still think she is HUGE and I was afraid of her but I did not growl at her or show my teeth, just ran away from her. I thought she might want to eat me cause it looks like she eats everything!! Actually she is a very nice lab and got to go live with a nice lady and her two labs. I'm glad she did not stay at our house cause I think she would have eaten everyone's food!!
05-15-2012: Foster brother Raven had to go to the vet today so he could get his vaccines and get checked over. I got to go with him as foster mom wants me to go more places and since I had a rough time at the vet when I went in for my spay surgery she thought I should practice going to the vet office. Good news for me, I did ok, walked in the door and got on the scale without peeing or pooping. I was kind of scared and hid behind foster mom but since the doctor did not do anything to me I was ok. Bad news for Raven, he has to drop about 8 pounds and had to have a couple of shots and a blood test. Ha, ha, he did not like getting his shots or having the doctor look in his ears but he let them do the stuff to him. The doctor gave us some treats, I did not eat my treats so Raven ate both his and mine. Foster mom said that is not on his diet. Now he has to eat some green beans instead of all of his kibble....he spits out his green beans so foster mom said he will just have to eat less food and get more exercise. Glad I do not have to be on a diet. I still weigh a nice trim 52 pounds which the doctor said is my perfect weight!!
05-16-2012: I met a new human today and did pretty well with her. I was not as afraid as I've been in the past and sat on the couch with foster mom while they visited. I even got close enough to her to sniff her and let her touch me for just a second or two. She did not stay very long as she had to get home to her dog and her foster dog Patch. She came by to pick up a GPS tracking collar for Patch because he likes to run away. Foster mom wants to know how it works for him because Raven likes to jump the fence and run away so she is thinking of getting Raven a GPS collar too. I don't try to run away, most times if I am outside and get scared, I run to the door to go inside. Foster mom says not all puppy mill dogs are like me, some want to run away. Most puppy mill dogs love their crates, I hate crates and will not go in one....except to get toys to play with cause foster mom puts all the toys in my crate.
05-17-2012: Today I learned a valuable lesson....don't eat bees or wasps. I like to chase everything that flies and today I caught and tried to eat a bee and then a couple of hours later tried to eat a wasp. I got stung on the lip by the bee and on the face by the wasp.....boy that hurt and itched a lot. Foster mom said she hopes I learned not to try to eat everything. I still try to eat moths, tried to eat a junebug and a butterfly. Foster mom says those things are not for eating, just for watching but I still think I should eat them. Foster mom says I am like a puppy cause everything goes in my mouth. Well, all this stuff is new to me so I have to taste it all and see for myself if I like things or if they will hurt me. Oh, and I'm not supposed to eat the shower curtain or pull it down on top of foster mom when she is taking a shower. Guess I do have a lot to learn and guess she is right, I am a big, silly puppy!! I sure do like to have fun!!
05-18-2012: I am still afraid of many things. Some of the things are pretty common things like ceiling fans, vacuum cleaners, the lawn mower and the air conditioner. When foster mom turned on the ceiling fan, I barked at it and would not come into the room until she turned it off. It did not make much noise but I did not like the way it moved. I also bark and carry on when she mows the lawn even though I am in the house and am with my foster brothers and sister. I hide when she vacuums and I did not like the noise of the air conditioner but I did like laying in front of the vent where the cool air comes out of. Foster mom says this stuff is all normal for a dog that lived a sheltered life in a puppy mill so I just have to experience stuff and I will be ok with most of these things. Some things I may never be ok with but she keeps exposing me to stuff so I can get used to it. It all takes baby steps.
Foster mom here: Willow is doing very well adjusting to life outside of the puppy mill. It is so rewarding to watch her run around my back yard playing chase with Rocco and Raven. She loves to wrestle with both of them on my bed and on the couch. She also loves to snuggle with me on the couch and will give me kisses, take treats and allows me to clean her ears and brush her....all stuff we take for granted with our dogs. Willow has come very far but we still have some obstacles to overcome. She is still very afraid of being on leash so we have not ventured out for any walks. She is not very comfortable riding in the car but at least now she will get in by herself instead of me having to pick her up and put her in. New people still frighten her, more so men, but we are making progress here too. The neighbor children do frighten her and any loud voices send her running for cover. My neighbors are loud as are their teenage children and they frighten her. Loud cars, motorcycles and lawn equipment are also triggers for her fears. We will continue to work with Willow so she can be more comfortable and know she is safe. Thank you for following her on her journey to her new life.