Matt and I drove down to Defiance, Ohio to take a look at a puppy we were interested in adopting. The foster dad was at the house and after inviting us into the kitchen he grabbed the little female puppy out. She was in a room blocked off with a baby gate along with a black maltipoo.
She hopped her little legs over to Matt like a tiny pony and Matt knelt down squeeling, "aww awww ohhh awww!" He later told me that he almost cried right then.
We checked her body out. All paws, teeth, eyes, and ears looked good to us. We don't know exactly what to check for but she had all of her proper body parts so that was good. She was fun to watch on the kitchen floor. She would just casually stroll around and when Matt would tap his hands on the floor she'd get excited and run over to him.
After talking with Doug (the foster dad) we knew she was the one for us. We signed the adoption contract and got copies of her vet vaccination papers. Into the car we went and she just sat there on my lap so nice and cute. Once we reached Bryan, Ohio we decided that we were going to name her "Ellie" from the movie "Up." Now is a good time to say that if you haven't seen the movie you really need to.
We stopped in Bryan to get her a medium sized crate with a divider at a local pet store. Luckily, that pet store had the crates $10 cheaper than anywhere in Sturgis.
After taking Ellie to see Matt and I's co-workers, my in-laws, and my brother's family, we went home to see Vinnie. I set the cage with Ellie inside right in the living room. We brought Vinnie out and he stopped dead in his tracks in the dining room after seeing her. Ten minutes went by before he moved a muscle. His tale finally calmed down and he started getting closer to the cage... stopping every so often just to keep checking her out. Ellie was calm and just looked at him. Eventually Vinnie was all the way at her cage and she was in the back sleeping like a rock. He even laid down beside her cage and chilled out for a bit.
Matt and I competed with Ellie's new crate. They need to make those things more idiot proof or something. We put the divider up and I'm happy to report that the puppy has had no accidents in the crate itself. She did go poop on my brother's floor however. Haha! We haven't had her out in our house just romping long enough to really test her properly. But, it's still early so I don't expect it to come quickly.
Ellie didn't care for being caged up suddenly after dinner. She yelped and yelped. It seemed that if we would leave the room or turn our backs to her that really upset her. However, a few sessions of her yelping she only would bark like twice and then she'd be quiet. At bed time she was SO great! We moved her crate into the bedroom and once we turned the lights off and climbed into bed she yelped for about 30 seconds and then we didnt' hear a peep out of her the rest of the night. I was a worried mommy and woke up quiet a few times just to check on her. Every time she was snoozing. At 3:00 a.m. Matt got up and took her outside to go potty. I did the same after I woke up only I walked with her a bit.
Walking might be a challenge with her if she remains so sluggish. I think she's just apprehensive at the moment. Yesterday it was so dang hot I think she was just looking to rest. I would tug on the leash and try and get her to move which only made her yelp like a pig. After doing some reading I'm not going to tug anymore. She can get praised and rewarded when she walks with me. If she doesn't then she can just sit there.
One thing I noticed is that she has excessive tearing... especially in her left eye. The redish brown color you see around her eyes are tear stains. It's basically a yeast from bacteria building up. I read some little tricks to helping her pH balance that will reduce the amount of staining. I think we're gonna try and give her a bath sometime soon to see if we can get some of it off. If anyone out there has insight into this it would be greatly appreciated. Her poor eyes are covered up by wet red hair. Distracting you from looking at how pretty the rest of her is!
I think that's all for now. Will report more soon. Oh! And I will for sure be posting pictures of her all fluffy and clean very soon!