Kicking Butt in 2014

heidi-carThe last few weeks have been so exciting with Heidi! Some of you may recall that she made her own New Year’s resolutions.  Well, I’m pleased to report that we have accomplished at least two of them, are making progress with the third and haven’t even really attempted the fourth.

So, the good news is that Heidi willingly gets in and out of the car.  Fist pump, oh yeah! I can’t tell you how excited I am that we don’t have to carry her in her crate anymore.  Unless there’s actually a handle on the top of the crate, animals shouldn’t be carried in them.  At least that’s what my back says.

Ash broke down the steps, helped us turn getting in and out of the crate while it’s in the back of the car into a game and voila! She gets into the car like a champ.  The reason for that is because car rides result in cool things like going for a walk.  Yep, resolution number two, nailed it! We’ve found a pretty remote dirt road to take her out on, so we drive out of the neighborhood, park at the head of the trail and she gets to walk without the distractions of people on the path, other dogs or cars whizzing by.  This is awesome news since she really needs the exercise and her dependence on Holly was actually holding her back.  Poor Holly Dog’s back legs just don’t allow her to move enough for what Heidi needs.

We’ve been taking Heidi for regular walks for a couple of weeks now, and you can just see her confidence increasing.  However, we do still have the occasional hiccup, like when people are shooting up in the hills.  She won’t walk if she hears too much gunfire going on.  That’s probably a good lesson in life no matter who you are, actually.

The third resolution was to get her more comfortable when friends are around.  This isn’t quite at one hundred percent, yet.  But right now I’m cool with taking seventy-five percent.  She’s gone from madly running in a circle, darting back and forth from room to room and squishing herself into the corner of the couch to lapping the kitchen island occasionally while sometimes laying quietly with her paws crossed like a lady and even sneaking up behind the guest to give them a clandestine sniff.  She doesn’t want to be petted or acknowledged or looked at just yet.  But she’s also not paralyzed with terror at the thought of another person, other than her people, in her home.  I’d say we’re making progress here.  We’re careful not to get a raucous house full of people going and keep it to small groups who talk quietly and don’t dart around.  So pretty much we haven’t had a bunch of Sam’s friends over.  We’ll cross that bridge later.

As for the dog door.  Well, that’s next on our list.  Ash actually gave us some direction and ideas for this last week, so I think we ready to start tackling the dog door.  She’s showing a little bit of interest in the closet door, but not a ton.  However, she also acted like Scooby Doo being forced into a scary house when we started on the crate in the car and now she’s excited to go, so I’m confident that we can get her there with this item.

All in all, I’d say that Heidi is already a fantastic success with her 2014 resolutions.  I bet most people would be thrilled to be as successful with their resolutions as she is.  Heck, at this rate, we may have to make new resolutions come the summer time!

1 Comment

  1. Aunt Joanie
    Mar 11, 2014

    So happy to hear all of Heidi’s progress, maybe she’s been watching Ceasar Milan’s advice of “no talk, no touch, no eye contact” when it comes to new people in her house.

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