I do believe that I might have come across one of the sweetest dogs of all time. There are so many good things about Cleo. She hardly makes any noise; I’ve only heard her bark once. She loves everybody and gives cute little kisses that aren’t overwhelming. She’s extremely calm, which is perfect for apartment living. She knows how to sit and shake, and she’s pretty good at “come.” This morning, as I was rushing out the door she squirted past my legs and ran to the stairs (we live on the third floor). But when I said, “Cleo, no!” she stopped, and when I said, “Cleo, come!” she came back inside! I think that’s pretty amazing for our second day together.
Here are the things we’re struggling with. I think that these will get better as time goes by, but if you have any advice I will receive it gladly!
>She does not like going up the stairs. As I said, we’re on the third floor. The first day I pretty much had to carry her up. But I decided I’m not going to keep doing that. Now I say to her, “Cleo, up!” and I push her from behind until she is forced to take a step up. Then when she gets to the top of the flight I praise her, and if she gets all the way up to the apartment I give her a treat. I think she is getting a little better.
>She isn’t eating her food or drinking much water. I’m not sure if it’s because she’s nervous or if it’s because she’s a snob about what she eats. Hm.
Other than that she’s adjusting pretty well. She doesn’t move around the apartment much, but just kind of curls up in her little spot by the couch. I think she just needs more time to feel at home, and to know that she doesn’t have to go back to the shelter!
Her car ride home:
Best buds already:
I love her!