Monday, May 14, 2012
Happy Birthday Lucy!
There were a lot of changes around here those first few months. First, I thought potting training was going to be a big issue. Amazingly, despite my long hours at work it wasn't. My brother or my niece would come by and let her outside 2 or 3 hours after I had gone to work to avoid her being locked up for 10 hour days. This routine was getting old so I put in a pet door after about 6 weeks. I never thought Lucy would get used to the pet door either. I'd go outside and offer a treat yet she was fearful of the flapping sound of the pet door I suppose. Then one day I heard her go outside on her own and I was relieved. This creates more issues with her access to the back yard all day.. Neighbors complaining of excessive barking. Lucy finding every opening of the fence to get out. I think there were three instances before I had a new fence installed. Oh and no more cascading beds of periwinkles and hostas. She made her bed in the hostas and either ate or pulled up every periwinkle. No more potted tomato plants either because they were destroyed as well.
The inside of my home was never the same as well. There were covers of some kind thrown over the furniture, yes I thought it was cute seeing my new baby trying to get up on the furniture, and I had gates up inside keeping her in or out of certain areas making it look like some kind of child care facility. Within 6 months my guilt of leaving her alone so much would take over and I would get Sable for her companion.
Of all the changes in my life and surroundings I have no real regrets. Lucy has never been real affectionate. She wouldn't let me hold her much as a puppy. I suppose I wanted more of a lap dog. She is such a guard dog and to this day so protective of me though.
Happy Birthday Lucy girl!