On Monday we welcomed foster dog #65 into our pack. Sophie will be 2 in February 2018, she’s a very sweet and friendly Cavachon, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Bichon Frise mix breed. An owner surrender, she was a bit high energy for her elderly owner.
Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Bichon Frise Mix – A Cavachon apparently.
Sophie is settling in finally. She’s been a little clingy, but that’s understandable. Her whole world has been turned upside down. But she’s been wonderfully happy throughout. She’s won over all of the humans in the house, as well as most of the dogs. Jackyl and Monkey are holding judgement for now.
Sophie and Jackyl have been having a bit of jealousy, and I think a competition as to who can be the closest to me, and spend the most time on my lap. I think Sophie’s winning. But I’ve been trying to make sure their time is equal for the most part.
She and Cami have become fast friends, and wonderful playmates. They even tire out Bobby and Sheena. Dashing through the house chasing each other, or just laying on the floor wrestling. As I type this Sophie has the zoomies, and keeps running the full length of the house, with both tiny foster puppies following. And trying their hardest to keep up. Talk about a distraction. Occasionally they take a spin under my desk and then up onto the couch, for Sophie, the puppies can’t jump that high yet.
A work in progress
Although housebreaking was supposed to be Sophie’s problem area, she has done wonderfully and has had very few accidents in the house. Her real problem area is her jumping on everyone. By Monday night, she had my legs black and blue. But we’re making progress. She’s learning that to get attention she has to have all four paws on the floor.
We’re working on her spending more time with the other humans in the house too. So she doesn’t get too attached to me. She reminds me a lot of our foster Yorkie, Maddie, from the summer. Hyper, friendly, but was never trained to behave.
She’s even learning to be calm in her crate. She’ll lay nicely and chew on her Nylabone. At least until I get out of sight. Then she barks sometimes, but a lot less today than yesterday even. Tonight we might even try it at night. She has been sharing my bed, which I almost never allow. But it’s been a rough week, and I needed my sleep. That was the only place she would settle down. Her former owner let her sleep with him. She hasn’t been a bad bed partner, she settles right in near my feet and stay pretty still all night. She moves around the foot of the bed, but she only comes up near my head when she’s ready to get up in the morning. And she has good timing, as she doesn’t do that until I’ve sat up to look at the clock at least once.