Day 3 with our new girl and all three of us are exhausted!
We are trying to settle Robin in as best we can and have enrolled the help of two lovely dog-walkers who now call in for her on weekdays while we are at work.
As I worked from home yesterday, today was the BIG test as we had to leave Robin on her own. She cried, barked and whined while I was leaving but I had to just walk away and get to work. She was on my mind all day but I got texts from the dog-walker that she was a happy little camper and loved her lunchtime walk.
I took her out at 6am and S and I walked her at 6pm so she's been kept active and stuck to the same exercise routine so far. She was very well behaved last night too and the soiling inside is less frequent.
When I came home from work I heard her whining at the door (I'm sure the neighbours might have something to say about it!) but I think she is starting to learn that we will always be back.
It's a learning curve for all three of us, I guess. She's very sore and tender on her left side so we're taking her to the vet on Friday.
What we have learned is that:
(a): she is super clever; she knows her new name and already heeds commands like "Sit" and "No!" and "Heel"
(b): she is obsessed with blue cars! When we pass one she has to look in - only blue cars
(c): she adores kids, especially younger one's and wags her tail furiously when she sees them (we don't let her near just in case)
(d) she loves Doritos (the cheesy ones!)
She has the most gorgeous temperament. It would be great to see her gain some confidence in us and learn to enjoy her few hours alone between walks than crying and stressing herself out
Rescue remedy and talk radio work like a treat - and she loves a little tiger teddy which she brings to bed with her
Bought her a Kong today so that might take her mind off the few hours in between company.
Finally, many thanks Kathy for keeping in touch, its very much appreciated and we're very grateful. Robin is so important to us, we really hope we do right by her.