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Abby, the RV Dog

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8 weeks old

Tuesday, March 24, 2020: Abby was 8 weeks old yesterday and weighs 12.6 pounds (probably another pound heavier today). We couldn't get her to hold still long enough to get a good photo. Our daily routine is to put her in the crate around 9:30 pm for the night. Very little fussing before she is asleep. She wakes at 1:30 am when I take her outside. She immediately pees and I return her to the crate for the rest of the night. She has slept until 6:30 am except for one morning, 5:30 am. She is very active at this time of morning. Generally she will pee and poop before I bring her back inside. Breakfast and water at this time so we take her back outside in 30 minutes after breakfast. After an hour-plus-half, she is ready for a nap. We make sure to take her outside immediately after a nap. Now she has lots of energy and wants to play. We must have her on a leash outside because there is no fence and she is too fast for us to catch her if she darts toward the street. We have an overhead line to connect her leash so she has about a 25 foot run. Water and a potty area are within this run. She likes the shaded area most. She also like to chew on weeds so we have pulled all weeds in her area but she seems to always find something in the ground to chew. When taking a nap outside, she likes laying on the cool concrete best. Lunch is at noon with a half cup of dry kibble covered with water. She normally cleans it up in a few minutes. Dinner is a 6 pm, same amount but water is taken away at this time. She will often have another nap after dinner and, of course, an immediate potty break when she wakes. Her favorite toy is a two inch, blue, spiked ball and a stuffed alligator given to her by the breeder. She has learned to enjoy ice cubes. Her favorite are the cubes with a banana slice frozen inside. We take her for a short car ride each day but stop to walk her at the halfway point. She has learned to pee or poop at this point which is the purpose of the ride. We will be traveling back to Oregon soon and she needs to be comfortable with the ride and potty breaks. Click the photo for a view of her in the car.

I will chew your toes!Introducing a new chew

Sunday, March 22, 2020: It was a perfect night for Abby, her first night. She was up at 1:30 am, I took her out, she immediately peed then went back to bed and slept until 6:30 am. That time she peed and pooped when I took her out. She doesn't really have the idea of only eliminating outside, it is all a matter of timing on my part. Hopefully she will get the idea sooner than later.

Later today, I introduced her to a new chew, carrots. They hold her interest slightly longer than her other toys but she hasn't become a real fan yet.

She likes toe biting, especially Gwen's toes. Gwen is working to get her interest in toys, not toes.

Now for night #2.

Abby coming home from the breeder First nap on the patio Checking out the crate
Her first bathSaturday, March 21, 2020: We are beginning a new experience today. We brought home Abby, a Red Golden Retriever. We chose Red because we did not want to confuse her in our minds with Morgan. The breeder kept the pups inside for the last eight weeks so this has been a huge day for Abby. It was her first time away from Mom and her litter mates. But also her first time outside, first time to see the sun and sky, feel the wind, stand on gravel, grass, concrete, tile and carpet. It was her first car ride, although short, about 30 minutes. She also met Jeanne and Gary's dog Hershey so her first time to meet another dog other than her parents and litter mates. Finally, her first time on a leash and first bath. That is a lot of firsts so she is exhausted tonight. Maybe it will be her first time to sleep all night but probably too much to hope for. We have begun house training all ready. The breeder used Purina litter pellets for dogs so we set up an area outside to scatter the pellets hoping she would get the idea about eliminating outside. So far, it has worked. We've had two poops and four pees, ALL outside. She has been very cautious when investigating the new surroundings outside and inside. She easily walks in/out of her crate. She eats and drinks well. When awake, she is exploring or playing at lighting speed. Fortunately for us, she tires in about 30 minutes and takes a short nap. It has been 20 years since we have had a puppy (Morgan) so we have done a lot of reading to prepare for the experience again. We are in love with Goldens. We don't believe there is a better breed for us. They become part of the family, love all people, dogs and cats. Eventually they seem to read your mind and anticipate what you want. Morgan was with us 17 years and 25 days and we have missed her. We don't expect Abby to replace Morgan but we do expect Abby to become part of the family in much the same way and in her own way. Here is a short video of Abby's first day.

 

 
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