Elsie arrives in just a few short days so today we’ve been getting everything organised so that we’re all set to go.
Flo’s litter was born with absolute perfect timing and she was ready to come to her new home on the first day of a five week holiday for me. Unfortunately, Elsie’s litter couldn’t have arrived at a worse time so I only have a long weekend to spend with her before I have to head back to work. This means that my preparations are a little different in that I’m having to be a bit better with a ‘long term confinement’ pen (per Dr Dunbar!). With Flo, she wasn’t out of my sight for the first week, during which time I had her in the pool so she could find out where the steps were, and when she fell in the pond I was right there to reach in an yank her out; when the time came to leave Flo alone in the garden for the first time, I was fairly comfortable. Elsie is going to have to be confined while I’m at work. Thankfully, ridgebacks grow at an almost alarming rate, so it won’t be long until I’m happy that she can’t fit through the bars of the fence to the pool area, and her legs will be long enough that she can stand with her head above water in the pond were she to fall in. I do have some mesh which I can use to put around the pond if necessary.
While I’m feeling more in control of bringing a puppy home this time around, I know that it’s going to be a whole different ball game. Things that I didn’t have to worry about last time I’m going to have to be really strict with this time; I’m going to have to get her into that pen on day one and start to get her used to being in there so that she’s settled on her own until it’s safe to let her out into the garden. Flo never took to the ‘long-term confinement’ idea and it wasn’t such a big deal, so I didn’t really persevere with the whole thing. Perhaps if I’d started her off early enough then she might’ve been better. I hope that having Flo and George around will be enough company, albeit through the bars of her pen. Of course, who’s to say if Flo will lie on her bed upstairs near Elsie – she may well retreat downstairs… This time around I’m going to have to come home during my lunch times to check on Elsie or have friends pop over to check on her. I’m also going to have to be a lot more regimented in getting her up during the night to take her out to ensure that my body clock can get some sort of sustainable routine otherwise I’ll be useless during the day at work. Yup, things are going to be different this time…
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