Tina, as we call her, has been with us a little over two weeks. She’s getting along great with our dogs, and she’s starting to play with our youngest. Tina would do very well in a home with a laid back dog or being the only one.
Even though she’s a year old, Tina doesn’t have as much energy as a typical puppy and calms down easily. Walking has been a bit of a challenge because Tina loves to chase after bunnies and squirrels. She walks fairly well with her harness, but we walk when it’s dark while the squirrels are still asleep to help with the pulling when she sees her fury friends (unfortunately, bunnies don’t sleep in). She will continue to need at least one walk a day once she is adopted.
Tina takes a Benadryl in the morning and evening to help with her allergies. Though she scratches a little more, they don’t bother her. Because they are so minimal, she hasn’t been tested to see if they are seasonal or food related. I have put her on a limited ingredient diet just in case it is food, and she’s been enjoying coconut oil and pumpkin mixed into it. She doesn’t like pills, so they need to be hidden in food. She is a smart girl and has been known to lick around the pills and drop them outside her bowl.
Though she is in a crate when we aren’t home, we try to limit Tina’s time in it. We block off the bedrooms at night, and she sleeps with the other dogs. Being a puppy, she will try chewing on things she shouldn’t. For the most part, she will grab a toy to play with before something inappropriate.
We brought Tina to Boston Store to sell the Community Days coupon books, and she loved all the attention. She was on her best behavior with everyone and didn’t jump up. She does exhibit resource guarding when she has a prize like a bully stick, though I am able to put things in her bowl while she’s eating. She also lets the other dogs around her when she’s eating. She still needs to gain some weight, so we don’t let them get close enough to eat her food.
Tina has an appointment to be spayed later this month and will be available for adoption once she has healed.