Unfortunately, this won't be a real post. Well, it won't be a real post about infertility. Work is busy and home life is even busier, but I did want to share some of the details and updates about our time with Danica.
Danica is doing very well. Her first day/night (Sunday), she was extremely shy and nervous. She's 18 months old and has never lived in a home as an only dog. She was born and lived a majority of her life with a puppy-mill breeder before she and her brother were surrendered to the rescue organization, where she lives with her foster mom (and 7 other doxies) for one month. So, as you can imagine, she's very skittish around people, but comfortable around dogs--specifically other dachshunds--because she hasn't been around many humans. She's fine with us, but even a walk around the neighborhood with the kids out playing and cars driving by leaves her shaky. Luckily, she LOVES us, so we just need to work on socializing her with other people. It will come in time.
She's very adventurous outside when there aren't people around. Leash walking is another thing on our "to do" list, because when she sees something she takes off and she's lightning fast. Thank goodness we invested in a harness because with just a collar she's likely to snap her neck in half as fast as she moves!
The last big thing on our list is potty training. She's housebroken, but just not on our schedule yet. We're getting there. There's only been one accident in the house so far, which wasn't her fault. She even woke us up this morning to let us know she had to go out.
Despite her nervous habits, she's definitely a stubborn diva. Typical doxie! She nips a little bit, but she only does it to me for some reason but not Joey. It may be a female dominance thing. I'm not sure. She's also incredibly affectionate. She'll play for a little bit, but then she'll bolt over to where you are sitting and crawl all the way up on your neck, put her paws on your chest and face, and give you a million little kisses. She hardly barks, but does cry a little when she's in her kennel at night. It only lasts about 5 minutes or so, and then she settles in her bed to sleep. She's very well behaved.
I joke that I'm having puppy separation anxiety, but I am having a hard time leaving her during the day. If I'm like this leaving my dog, I can't imagine what I'm going to be like leaving a baby after maternity leave.
As soon as this week settles down, I promise I'll get back to discussing my uterus!