Tuesday, June 29, 2010

back from the (blogging) dead

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!

29 comments:

Hayley said...

Every time I see a picture of her my heart melts. Oh my gosh. I can't wait to come over and meet her! Miss you lover!

Crossed Fingers said...

Oh my gosh that picture just melts your heart. I'm loving reading about Dani! I want (need) more!!! I'm glad she's adjusting pretty well minus a few hiccups. I remember I hated leaving our cat home alone when we first got her. I miss her during the day still and walking in to see her greet me is the best feeling ever. I'm so excited for you and Joey! I hope there are many more posts featuring this bundle of joy!

Trisha said...

She is so cute! Sounds like she is adjusting well to you guys.

Glass Case of Emotion said...

Yay for dog news. That is very exciting, and I like to hear good news instead of uterus news from time to time. :P Both are welcome of course. What a cute photo!

Rach said...

OMG, that picture is too precious!!

ifcrossroads said...

I love that you have Dani in your lives right now. It sounds like she is a great companion and I can bet her tiny little puppy kisses are just the best. I love all the pics you've posted ... she's just too freakin' adorable for sure!!! And I have puppy separation anxiety as well ... I miss Skippy so much when I'm at work ... it's not even funny!

Marla Z said...

Awwww, that pic is adorable. How cute! She sounds like a little sweetie-pie! :)

The Baby Race said...

OMG so much cuteness!!!

Dawn said...

There is nothing like sweet little doggie kisses! I'm so glad you got her.

I cry whenever I have to leave my dogs at the vet for vacation!

Angie said...

That picture is so cute!

Erin said...

That picture just melts my heart! And you go ahead and write puppy posts as often as you like! I used to have weekly feature posts about my dogs. :)

KeepOnTrying said...

What an adorable picture! Glad she is settling in nicely.

Just Me...C said...

She is just so darn adorable! We have no social life b/c we have to be home by 10pm to give our little chihuahua his seizure medication. They are our children and we treat them as such. I can't imagine not being able to work from home! So see, puppy separation anxiety is normal! But you're right..can you imagine leaving a baby?????

Secret Sloper said...

Lawyer Guy and I joke about that all the time. We miss Bella so, so much when we're on vacation. She really is a furry, non-verbal child for us. I'm so glad you guys have Dani in your home now. Not as a replacement, but an addition!

T said...

Oooooh! What a sweet pic! That baby looks very happy in her new home!

2catdaughters said...

I love your puppy!! It sounds like she is doing so well and is already a part of your family. I'm glad she makes you so happy!!

Jen said...

That picture is the cutest thing. Seriously. What a sweet dog to be that comfortable and snuggly already. It sounds like she is adjusting very well. I had a mini doxie shortly after college. He was so entertaining, like a little clown!

Jen said...

That picture is the cutest thing. Seriously. What a sweet dog to be that comfortable and snuggly already. It sounds like she is adjusting very well. I had a mini doxie shortly after college. He was so entertaining, like a little clown!

Kelly said...

I'm so glad that Dani is doing so well. It sounds like just what you and Joey needed.

It's fine if you don't want to talk about your uterus. I'll read whatever you blog about. :)

Kandid Kelli said...

"Oh be still my heart" -- This is so sweet!

I am glad you have her, I want to meet litte miss so bad!!

xo
-K

Rebecca said...

Absolutely precious. I'm so glad she's become part of your lives. That picture just makes me smile. How sweet.

Carrie said...

Look at that precious baby!!! She is fabulous!

Sara said...

What a precious dog! It is amazing how much joy pets can bring to our lives! :)

S.I.F. said...

She seriously sounds like exactly what you need right now... I just love how cute and cuddly she is already too!

Katie said...

Looks like she's settled in quite well!! :-)

someday-soon said...

She's adorable! Can't wait to hear more about her adjustment =)

Adele said...

ADORABLE photograph:) We also recently got a rescue and he is pretty much the light of my days. It sounds like Dani is making a fine transition. She is very lucky to have you.

And thank you very much for your words of support on my blog.

jensays said...

I have a blog award for you on my blog. Still trying to catch up with every thing I missed while on vacation

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Stephanie said...

What a sweet girl! Its so interesting having rescue dogs. One of our huskies was a rescue and she loves her husky sister, but is totally aggressive towards other huskies - we got her an all husky rescue and she was tiny (full grown 24 lbs) so we wonder if the other huskies there were mean to her or something. I adore that last pic of her and Joey and I now want to run home and get kisses from my girls!