Lucy Settles in
The first night Lucy was with us she slept on a blanket next to our bed, the little girls sleep on the bed with us and have since the first day we got them. We had gotten a crate for them but they wiggled and would not settle down inside and would jump out and onto the bed. We were living in a studio apartment at the time so there was not much area for us to separate them from us if we so desired.
So, thank goodness we have a 2 bedroom as we were still not sure about leaving Lucy with the girls all day. We put Lucy in our office and the girls in our room as always. I was lucky enough to have my afternoon appointment cancel so I just took PTO and came home. I called our vet to take Lucy over there to get checked out. The great news was she liked riding in the car and was completely healthy. The vet thought she was around 8 months and was on either side of heat. Within 24 hours I was so in love with this dog, as was my husband. We decided it would be best to go get a crate so we headed over to Petco and got the large metal dog crate. Once Charley set it up next to the bed Lucy jumped inside and turned around and looked at us like “hey, thanks for my new house!” A much different reaction then Thelma and Louise’s when we brought them home.
I am not sure what Lucy’s history is but I can tell you she had no concept of potty training, she would pee and poop in the apartment, the hallway, the stairs…OMG, again I wondered what the hell I had gotten myself into. We would crate her at night and she would start whimpering at 4am..I would get up, take her out, and then we would cuddle on the couch. I started wondering if she was training me at this point! The other thing was she decided that she liked going next to the exit ramp of I95 onto 181st…this is right behind our building. That seemed somewhat dangerous so I started taking her to the patch of green where there was a tree between the exit ramp and the circular drive…others took there dogs there too and it was somewhat protected by traffic barriers…then the city revamped that area and put in a bunch of plantings there….no more potty there. I’m not sure if it was the combination of the hot weather, construction, and her settling into “a home” that Lucy decided that she would no longer walk up our block or outside of a 2 block radius of the house. This was agonizing for me, I would end up taking her out 3-5 times a night for short walks and sometimes she would just sit her butt down outside the front door and not move. I would try treats, or reassurance…ugh, nothing seemed to work. I had asked the Vet and she said it could be that Lucy just didn’t like hot weather…that she had a dog that did the same kind of behavior.
Fed up with life and some plans that fell through, Charley and I decided to take a vacation to visit my parents in WI…with all 3 dogs. We bought a great travel crate from Dr. Fosters Smith to use at my parents house and in the hotels. I also bought new travel harnesses for all the girls so we could tether them into the back seat.
I was a little stressed how they would handle riding in the car together but they were great! Each one picked a place on the back seat of the car and settled in for the long ride. I have also found Lucy to be a calming influence on the girls as they don’t bark as much while in the car…very nice.
Sharing the back seat...
The one huge surprise we had on the trip was LUCY WENT INTO HEAT!!! I have never had a un-spayed dog before so again, completely in the dark on how to deal with this…and my parents house has wall to wall carpet…ugh. I armed myself with a gallon jug of Nature’s Miracle I did my best to clean up after her…at one point we even took a pair of my dad’s retired tidy whities and put them on Lucy to help catch some of the flow. We also purchased some big rawhide bones (my sweet Mom had bought some smaller ones as well as a welcome gift for the pups…I have the BEST Mom) to occupy the girls and give them something to chew…so the did not chew my parent’s new furniture…not that they ever had but it would be a bad time to start! Here is Lucy enjoying her bone…
Lucy in WI
After her heat passed we had her spayed over Labor Day weekend. She did extremely well with the surgery and didn’t even have to wear an e-collar as she didn’t bother the incision area. As the heat passed and fall started to settle in I was able to get Lucy to walk a little further. This was very encouraging to me however I decided that maybe I would need some extra help… and that is when I met Dot.