Playing in the Rain

What a fantastic Friday!  Sadie has made some great progress in the last 24 hours.

I left the house for 2 separate errand trips and left Sadie in her crate with different treats to keep her busy.

Trip #1 was to the boring dry cleaner & grocery shopping.  I left Sadie for just under an hour with a Kong puppy bone.  The ends were filled with peanut butter.  I put the bone in the freezer to harden up the peanut butter.  It is a trick to make the treat last longer.  I know she loves it, but it makes a mess.  I had to wash the crate blanket when I got home, it had peanut butter spread on it.  Maybe because I filled both ends?  Another tip about this treat – I bought a natural peanut butter made by Jiff that is low sodium with no additional weird ingredients.  It was half the price of the Kong peanut butter and all natural.

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Trip #2 was to the bank and Target!  Love Target!!!  I had to return the 2nd crate I bought there, it was too small for a full-grown Sadie.  I found a better quality crate that was the correct size plus free shipping from Amazon.  A no brainer.  This time I left Sadie with her chewy.  I only give it to her in her crate so it is special.

Sadie did better in her crate each time I left.  Both trips she was crying a little when I returned, but it was not out of control.

As soon as I put the new crate together in our bedroom, Sadie went in and fell asleep.  I was tired too, so I shut her door and laid down on the bed.  It took me awhile to turn off my brain, so by the time I was drifting off, she woke up.  But, she is really taking to the crates.  I am very glad we have one on each floor of our house.

I put Sadie in her crate while I made dinner.  She did great.  I let her out while I made a special treat for Marcus.  In Canada, near our cottage, they are called Chelsea Rolls, in the States we call them sticky buns or cinnamon rolls.

Sadie has been doing well letting us know when she needs to go potty, so I wanted to let her play in our family room while I was in the kitchen.  But, she loves to go upstairs and wander around and play, so I needed to gate off the living room and close the kitchen door to prevent her having access to the stairs.

She played for a while in the family room and I even saw her sitting in her crate.  Then she started bringing her toys into the kitchen to play.

Eventually she got tired and curled up next to my feet and went to sleep.

She was out cold… I wanted to empty the dishwasher, but I didn’t have the heart to move her.  Ok, I didn’t really want to empty the dishwasher.  🙂

A severe thunder-storm rolled into town after dinner that brought torrential down pours, lightning and thunder.  Sadie did not have a problem with any of it.  I was standing outside with her, waiting for the after dinner potty to happen, in the crazy elements and she was acting like it was no big deal.  She had no sense of urgency… prancing, sniffing and of course picking up sticks with her mouth!  🙂

And, how did sleeping during the night go?  Fan-freaking-tastic!!  Can you hear the angels singing?  LOL!

Sadie went into her crate at 10pm with NO crying.  (I went to the gym after dinner and ran 4.5 miles and proceeded to drink a lot of water.)  I actually woke up at 12:30am thinking ‘oh great, Sadie is still sleeping and I have to go to the bathroom!’  🙂

We went out at 12:30am and she went right back to sleep.  She woke up at 4:30am for another potty and then went right back to sleep.  She did get up at 5:15 for breakfast, but I’m hoping daylight savings will push that to 6ish soon!  🙂

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Brave Little Lady

Yesterday was a day full of more ‘firsts’.

I was so happy watching Sadie dragging her toys into her crate and playing with them… on her own.  This was not prompted by me at all.  There was a little sigh of relief from me… this is going to be ok, she likes her crate.  🙂  Yeah!

Sadie also met her first visitors yesterday.  And she loved all the attention.  My “oh, sorry” moment – Sadie picked up a friend’s shoe and ran off into her crate with it.  I guess she was showing them how much she loves her new crate, and shoes!?!

After the exciting morning, Sadie settled into a nice afternoon nap.  She really loves to snuggle up next to you and subtly roll over, asking for a belly rub.

I left Sadie down stairs while I ran up stairs to put the wash into the drier.  I’m still working on building her confidence in being alone.  When I turned around with an arm full of clothes, she was sitting next to my feet!  She has been too little/scared to climb the stairs by herself.  Apparently, she got over the fear!

She demonstrated her new knowledge for me when I took her back down stairs.  I think she loves being able to use the stairs!  We also practiced going down the stairs.

This is a little scary, Mom.

She got a lot more confident going down once Dad came home from work.  She charged down the stairs after him… ‘hey, wait for me, Dad!’

I am really glad I bought these stair rugs.  I ordered them a few weeks before Sadie’s arrival, knowing she’d struggle slipping on the hardwood treads.

I am tired this morning.  Sadie got all riled up before bed last night {blame Dad} and she was a little upset when it was bedtime.  She settled down after a few minutes of crying, but we need to build in a ‘quiet time’ before we go to bed so she isn’t so hyped up when she goes into her crate.  I’m struggling with our schedule.  I think we play too much in the morning and she sleeps too much in the evening.  She sleeps for a few hours after bedtime, but after her first potty break, she seems ready to be up for the morning.  She’ll go back to bed, but wakes up every hour starting around 3am.  I get up around 5 am with her for breakfast and a she plays with her toys.  I want to change this to more like 6:30am, but it’s hard listening to her cry after 5, knowing Marcus has to go to work in a few hours.  It’s funny seeing her sleep right now… this is what I was craving at 5 this morning!