So… I’ve been MIA for the last week or two. I have a good reason for that. It’s this face. That one right there in that picture. This little girl is to blame. Everyone… meet Ruby. Ruby is the newest little addition to our family who joined us in the beginning of February. She is adorable and sweet and quite a handful. But I guess that is what you get with a 9 week old puppy.
Ruby is a labrador/hound mix that we adopted from a rescue. She had a very rough start to life and therefore, was very skittish when we got her. She was afraid of not only every noise, but she was terrified of us as well. Her first week with us broke my heart! Ruby would run away if I tried to pet her. She shook like crazy when she was scared (which was always) and she would barely eat.
Not only were we trying to love the scare-dy cat right out of her, but we were immediately working on potty training and crate training. Ruby is a champ at potty training and has only had a few accidents. But crate training? That is a different story. On one hand she is awesome. From night one she slept for 6 hours straight in her crate without so much as a peep. On the other hand… not so awesome. Because of her rough start, Ruby has a little bit of separation anxiety. The whining and howling come out when I have to leave the house. I think it is harder on me than it is on her.
Her skittish-ness with us and inability to eat only lasted about a week. Now she has all her puppy energy and playfulness! She is still fearful of other dogs and new people, but we are slowly getting her to be more social. And I’m starting to force myself to actually leave her and go do things, which is huge. Maybe I’m getting stronger or maybe it is the need for groceries, but I’m doing it! And her whining/howling is slowly getting better! So maybe I’ll be able to actually do some house stuff soon!
Anywho, this little peanut (who won’t stay little for long!) will be popping up here and there on the blog and is already starting to take over my Instagram. So that is one little update on a more personal matter. As for the bloggy, stay tuned on Monday. There is something HUGE coming up! So excited to spill the beans!
Do you have any pets? Any tips for me on training a new puppy?