Katie Bear has made tremendous progress in the past few weeks. Being petted...and that means constantly petted.... has become her most important objective. Whether sitting next to my chair, laying at my feet, or resting her head on my knee, it is always with the expectation or hope that petting will ensue. She even attempts to wake me at night by laying her head on the bed, whining or nudging my arm.
Her socialization skills have also taken a leap forward. The other day I had friends over, which is usually her signal to hide in the bedroom. But this time, with her foster sister leading the way, she came up to my friends to accept treats, and allowed several of them to pet her. It’s as though that in discovering the wonder of petting, she’s willing to accept it wherever it’s offered.
I also recently tested her potty training. She hasn’t had an accident in the house for a long time. However, I have been letting her out when she wakes up in the middle of the night. I stopped letting her out to see if she could make it through the night. She still wakes up occasionally, and paces or whines, but if I ignore her, she will settle and sleep through the the rest of the night.
She still has much to learn, and needs to have her new skills reinforced, but I think that this could be accomplished in the right forever home.