Just wanted to share an update on Katie. She arrived early Monday afternoon to her new foster home, and seemed delighted with her new yard. Even though she is fearful, she prances around with her tail held high and wagging like crazy. Kudos to her previous foster mom for the work she did. Katie was introduced to my dogs and they are great friends.
I set up two ‘safe places’ for her to choose from. She ignored both and decided her space would be the back room where I keep my dog’s crates. She has been there most of the day, and sleeps there at night. My biggest concern was that she had frequent accidents in the house during the night.
I am thrilled to report she has not yet had an accident. Of course that means the first couple days I was up at 12:30 am, 2:30 am, and finally getting up at 5:00 am. I’m slightly sleep deprived but happy.
Yesterday was very special for a number of reasons. First, she now goes outside and comes back in without my having to stand well away from the door. This is the first indication that trust is building. Previously, I either had to herd her in and out, or back into a corner and look away. Second, she has discovered the toys. She will grab a bone and take it back to her room, but even more exciting, a couple times she laid down in the living room to chew her toy.
And third, and most rewarding, she never woke me up to go outside! I still woke up at 1:30 and let her out, but I slept longer and woke up because I needed to go to the bathroom, not because Katie did. This is a good indication I’ll be able to increase the time between her outings, and maybe some day sleep through the night.
I’m starting to see changes in her behavior. Even though she doesn’t approach me, she doesn’t avoid coming anywhere near me, and I’m starting to see the “it’s okay to pet me in passing” stage. I’m very hopeful. I don’t attempt to pet her, and I am waiting patiently for her to take the lead. Thanks for this opportunity.