Saturday, February 16, 2008

Sandy. Rhymes with insanity.

I'm not going to lie. The first couple of days with our newly-adopted dog, Sandy, were a little crazy. After being beaten and abandoned by her previous "owner" aka Scumbag, she had such separation anxiety that we literally could not leave the house. The first night, we put her in one of those big metal crates from Petsmart, in another room, and within 15 minutes she had bent the bars, Superman-style, to free herself and join us on our bed. The next day, we tried putting her in the garage when we had to leave for an hour or so, and this was the result:

But now, thanks to patience, love and a little puppy Prozac, Sandy is settling in. She has learned to sleep on her dog bed NEXT TO the bed, and I taught her to "sit" in about 3 tries. She was almost immediately housetrained. She adores cheese and any kind of candy. She loves two things most of all: Giving kisses:

And jumping up on things, especially if there might be candy up there:

We're working on that one.

Now we can leave the house for awhile without fear that doorways will be shredded. Sandy and Lucy have become partners in crime. Night before last, we got home to find a tupperware container that HAD been high up on a countertop had been pulled down, opened and the doggies had gorged themselves on the iced gingerbread men inside. Last night, Sandy rooted out all the candy that our son had apparently stashed in his room (Sandy loves: peanut butter cups. Sandy can live without: those boston baked bean peanutty things.)

Speaking of Lucy: If Sandy hogs all the attention when we arrive home, Lucy barks at her indignantly and even chases her around. But other than that, they peacefully co-exist and actually love walking together. Lucy has found solace by retreating to that girly world that she loves best:

- Shelley

P.S. Don't forget Loops is taking part in the annual Utica Square "Sale in the Square" today (Saturday). All Hot Loops wall items are 25% off and other items throughout the store are 25-50% off. Come in and check it out!

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Shelly, loved loved loved the pictures... so funny I had to share with my husband... all of us dog lovers.. you are a great family to take in and love this pup.... No wonder you are blessed in so many ways... PSK

February 16, 2008 at 7:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, my goodness. -e

February 16, 2008 at 12:38 PM  
Blogger Tempted Handpainted Yarns said...

Wow, she really did shred the door.

February 16, 2008 at 5:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So glad to see Sandy is doing well :) Loved the pictures!

February 16, 2008 at 7:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sandy sounds like a handful! Those first few weeks (months to year?) after rescuing a dog can be a bit rough as you get to know each other (I did this myself a couple of years ago), but it's so worth it. Bless you for taking Sandy in!

PS Have you read "Marley & Me"?


February 17, 2008 at 12:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

S- I have Marley & Me. You are welcome to borrow it. Dan's mom gave it to us to read aloud with the kids(???) because it reminded her of our old dog, Jack-Martin-Good-For-Nothing-But-Love. (???)

February 17, 2008 at 7:47 AM  
Blogger Crafty Pancakes said...

Oh my gosh! You have such a big heart to adopt her and be so patient while she adjusts. Good luck :)

February 18, 2008 at 4:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for making my day again! Sandy and Lucy are so lucky! After crying during the Westminster Dog Show and all those Pedigree commercials, this was perfect to read! I have 3 dogs already, but always hoping a stray will come by!

February 19, 2008 at 8:41 AM  

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