Saturday, 24 December 2016

She's wearing us out!

Thank you all so much once again for the lovely comments about Betty.

She continues to delight us, she's just so funny to watch, especially when she's having a mad 5 minutes - she runs around and leaps about more like a cat than a dog.  She loves all her toys, but especially a couple of soft animals - a chicken and a pig - she grabs them and shakes them like a terrier killing a rat.  We're getting the hang of the right time to take her out in the garden for a pee/poo, she does still go for a wee indoors sometimes (never a poo, thankfully) but always does it on the pee pads. 

We're also now getting into a routine of putting her in her pen under the stairs a couple of times a day, for up to an hour at a time.  It's to get her used to being left alone, mainly for night time but also so we can get on with housework, cooking etc.  She doesn't like it much and whinges to start off with, but soon settles down to sleep.  Night time is still a bit of a problem, she really doesn't like being left alone, but we're persevering, I'm sure it will get easier in a few days.  Last night was the worst, she was waking up and whining a lot about every hour.  Both of us had to come downstairs (one at a time) and just lie on the sofa for half an hour or so - we don't make a fuss of her and certainly don't tell her off, we just check she's ok and then go straight in the lounge.  It seems to comfort her knowing we're nearby.  Once she's fast asleep we go back up to bed.  I hope this phase doesn't last too long!

It's certainly exhausting....apart from the lack of sleep, having to watch her literally every moment she's awake wears us out!  It'll be much better once she's had her 2nd lot of injections and we can start taking her out for walks.  We're taking her for a free health check next Wednesday, she's due her 2nd jabs the Wednesday after that, and i'm guessing it will be a week or fortnight later when we can take her out.  So there is light at the end of the tunnel.

So we won't be able to have our traditional walk on the beach tomorrow....well, I guess we could still go to the beach, but Betty will have to stay in the car, and that wouldn't please her!  Never mind, we'll be doing it soon enough.

I'd just like to wish everyone season's greetings, I hope you all have a wonderful time, whatever you do and wherever you are.  And thank you all for reading and commenting, it's been lovely.  Oh, and welcome to my new follower Yarrow...however you found me!


  1. I hope you have a wonderful first christmas with Betty :-)

  2. Dogs are just amazing little creatures.
    Have a fabulous first Christmas with her-x-

  3. Happy Christmas Sooze x ( just a thought, wear something you don't mind being chewed and then pop it in bed with her x )

  4. Have a wonderful Christmas with your new family. You know you can walk her below the tide line, as long as you carry her there and back

    Julie xxxxxx

  5. Betty sounds like a little sweetie. In an earlier post you mentioned how much she loves your husband. Try putting an old tshirt he's worn into her crate with her. Sometimes that will be enough comfort for a little one.

    1. Very good idea, I did notice in the picture where she was sleeping in her round bed her nose is hanging out to the feet that are in smell. :)


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