Saturday, November 01, 2008

Ollie Update

Apparently all went well with Oliver (Ollie) for his first night in his new home. Our daughter said he played hard, seems to get the idea that he does his business outside, and is bonding with her. He likes to sit on her feet, bring pieces of his food to her, drop it at her feet, look at her, wag his tail, and then eat it.

Funny things about him: he's been an out door dog, on a cattle farm. Coming into a home was a new experience. He is afraid of mixed floor textures, such as her tile bathroom with bathmats. When he stepped from the tile to the rug, he turned around and ran out of the room. Carpeting was a little freaky to him. Stairs are impossible, he's only 6 weeks old and 11 pounds.

Thankfully he slept in his crate all night. He woke up once and wimpered, she put her hand in his crate and touched him and he went back to sleep. He woke her up at 5am to go outside and pee. yup. He can't always manage that, but in one day he's learned a lot.

The only issue, when she tried to take a shower she put him in his crate and as soon as she was out of sight and in the bathroom - he HOWLED. HOWLED and howled and began to throw himself against the crate. So, she had to let him out before he hurt himself or woke up her roommate and neighbors....he then laid on the floor, again, on her slippers, and slept while she showered....

Now she's worried about how he will behave at the barn today while she is teaching lessons (horse riding)...

12 comments:

Mary Beth said...

What a sweetie! Thanks for sharing this lovely story and photos.

Presbyterian Gal said...

Maybe if she sleeps with a small blanket or towel several nights to get her scent all over it, and then leave it with him during the day as a comfort, that might help.

What an adorable dog.

Barbara B. said...

Oh my gosh -- so incredibly cute!

"PS" (a.k.a. purple) said...

I think I want to curl up with him.

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

Oh, he's attached to her already.

Jan said...

So very cute!

hip2B said...

What is it about dogs and footwear? I caught Simba with my slipper the other day and he's constantly dragging around one of Flash's socks...I find them in the backyard from time to time. I guess they smell like us but...yuck.
He's a beautiful pup. Sounds like he'll fit in fine.

Gannet Girl said...

Maybe as long as she takes the slippers for him?

RevDrKate said...

Oh he is sooooo cute. Glad to hear the bonding is going well. Waiting for the next chapter.

Hot Cup Lutheran said...

oh those were the days..... mochajava howled too when i was outta sight... and that's what led to him sleeping on the bed.... *sigh* he's good company that furry guy!

Kievas said...

Glad to hear he's adjusting to his new home. He's a cute pup!

dust bunny said...

What a cutie!!!!!

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