|I'll just wait here till my mom and dad come for me.|
She had chosen the mat along my side of the bed. One that our little Lady May is always willing to give up to new comers. Thank you Lady May. That mat allows me to stroke their fur and give any reassurances during the night. I leave my bedside lamp on low so I can see comfort levels at a glance. I always watch for the first while until I know every dog is fast asleep. Mylu lay down quietly for a few minutes. Then decided she needed to make some noise. Perhaps to let me know, her mom and dad were not with her. At first, she quietly gave a few little moans, enough for me to stroke her and reassure her it was okay to go to sleep. She held her head up and looked me right in the eye and barked! That yielded a big fat No Response from us. I could just imagine her thinking,"Oh drat, that didn't work." Her sounds lasted all of a minute and lessened to moans and little woofs with the occasional little bark. Sleep followed quickly.
With proper reinforcement for quiet behaviours, we encourage our new comers to figure out on their own that they are safe with us. We know they miss mom and dad. A minute after she was quiet, I reached down and spoke softly to her, stroked her fur again while she fell fast asleep.
Not a peep all night!
By early morning Mylu was ready to begin her, by the gate, vigil again. She laid there while the sun came up until I called her in for breakie. That seemed to break her concentration on mom and dad's absence. The rest of the visit was plain old fun and lickie kisses for everyone.
|Why don't I hear my dad's car coming?|
|Oh is it time to eat!?|
|Mollydawg, "Okay, I'll let you lay beside me but no more kisses!"|
When it was time to rest, she made a point of trying out most of the resting spots to see what fit her best.
|A little too big|
|A little too small|
|Mylu,"Fine, I really wanted to be with Princess MollyDawg anyway!"|
|She's not so cranky!|
|Good! and keep your stinky feet out of my water anyway!|
Thanks for visiting us Mylu. See you again soon!
You can check out Mylu's photo album in our Facebook album here "Mylu"