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Introducing… RUBY!

Introducing... Ruby!

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.

Introducing... Ruby!

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.

Introducing... Ruby!

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!

Introducing... Ruby!

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?

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  1. I LOVE HER! What a cutie! Training can get pretty tiring but be sure to keep at it 24/7! Dean always wanted to cave when Allegra would cry in the crate at night because he had trouble sleeping. We battled almost every night until she got used to it and stopped crying. Stay strong!
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  2. What an adorable little girl. I hate to think how someone must have treated her – it breaks my heart.

    As for tips: purchase bells that hang on a rope, like those you see at Christmas. Hang them from any door Ruby would go out of to go potty. If she makes an accident in the house let her know, then show her by bringing her to a door with a bell. Using her nose or paw ring the bell and take her outside. Before you know it she will be ringing the bell to go potty or just outside. It’s wonderful and a great way for them to communicate even in an emergency in the middle of the night.

    Best of luck with your darling new addition.
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  3. Rough start or not, all puppies cry when left alone. You are doing great with her! Socializing her well to people (of all ages, races, conditions) is the very best thing a pet parent can do! I work with dog rescues and I truly believe that The hardest dogs for a rescue to place are those that were not socialized! Puppy obedience school would be wonderful for all of you!
    Thank you for adopting from a rescue!

  4. Aww what a cutie! She’s so lucky to have a loving patient forever home now. As for tips well they are just like children patience and love is all they need. Congrats!

  5. What a sweet girl!

    As for crate training try leaving the radio on….that way she still thinks you are home. When we rescued our dog Zoey – she also didn’t like to be left alone and this helped calm her down.

    Good Luck and enjoy the puppy stage……..

  6. Oh, she’s so cute! I love her name, my mother’s name was Ruby. I don’t have animals, but I love puppies, and I’ve always thought if I got a female, her name would be Ruby. My children have puppies, now that they are married.

  7. I have 4 dogs and a cat. Here’s my biggest dog tip. Take her for a good walk EVERY day. It’s the best thing in the world for a dog. My boys love their walks and it’s a great bonding time and it’s also great for teaching them to take direction. Also it’s great as a puppy to use up some of that extra energy. It’s also great for separation issues because if you take her for a good walk before you go somewhere, she’s tired and happy and more ready to sleep while you’re gone. Oh, I’m just so excited for you, a dog will always be your best friend even if you have a bad hair day and your clothes don’t match.