Yesterday was a great day with Ellie. Matt said that she was really good all day for him and pretty much just slept. After I got home from work and Matt and I ate dinner, my mom came over to spend some time with Ellie. It's obvious that she is smittened with her cuteness and energy. Mom brought over some of Colonel's old toys and ones that he had never played with at all. She walked in the door with the very first toy I ever got Colonel and I almost started crying. I remember getting that toy more than 6 years ago!
Ellie is a really playful puppy. She is obviously wanting to chew on anything and everything. She especially likes anything that is hanging off of your body. Mom had brought over a rope toy and Ellie liked that the best. Probably because two of the other toys weighed more than she does.
Last night she didn't seem horribly interested in eating dinner. She'd eat some but not scarf. I'd have to keep turning her around and facing her towards her dish. This morning on the other hand she ate and ate! I was so proud of her and I'm very happy that she seems to accept the puppy food that we got for her from TSC. Yay!
She slept wonderfully last night and we got her up at 3 a.m. for a potty break. Around 5:30 Vinnie was able to come into the bedroom bravely and lay up with me. He seemed very interested in what Ellie was doing... almost to the point where he was gonna climb on her crate. I had to hold him back! Eventually he left the bedroom and I got to go back to sleep. Only thing was... 6:00 he came back in but this time he sat on the floor about 4 feet away from her crate just looking at her play with her plush toy. I felt the need to watch him because I didn't want to fall asleep and then for him to swat at her if she scared him accidently. It was so hard keeping my eyes open! I waited and waited and waited for him to move along. After 15 minutes or so he decided to move closer to her. He was only about a foot away. Ellie jumped up when she noticed him so close to her which caused Vinnie to take a step back. She even let out a few yelps and Vinnie just stood there looking at her like she was some foolish puppy. :)
Around 6:45 I think he left and I went back to sleep only to be woken back up at 7:00 by the alarm. I got up and took Ellie outside to go potty and then back in her crate she went until after I showered at which time I sat with her while she ate breakfast. She sat in her crate for maybe 5 minutes until Matt could come get her to take her outside. He watched her romp in the living room first doing a hilarious voice-over for her. About a minute later she assumed the position and crapped on the floor. And of all places, on the rug. I saw her start to go and yelled, "No no no!" I know I shouldn't have done that. Reflex kicked in. I've read a million times not to yell at a puppy when they mess on the floor because they don't know any better. Still, I did it and felt so bad for doing it. Matt scooped her up before she could finish and took her outside to complete her business.
Today will be tricky because not only is this Matt's 2nd shift work day but he got asked to come in early at 11 instead of 3. I have to take two half hour lunches instead of a whole hour. I have to let her out at 1:30 and again at 3:30. I packed a PJ & J to hold me over. ;)
I'm thinking of taking Ellie over to play with my brother's dogs Effie and Butters. Effie is a pug and Butters is a puggle. They can be really playful so they could help Ellie work off some of her energy. I'm just a bit worried about Ellie getting tramped under Effie's big booty. : )