It’s been a while since I wrote about Poppy, although if you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you’re probably sick of the sight of her! Anyway, she’s settling in really well and has now been with us for over 3 months! I can’t believe it’s gone so fast. In some ways, the training that we’ve done has paid dividends, but in other ways, as she’s gaining in confidence, she’s getting more & more naughty. Training was really good for her and us. We know what we need to work on and we’ll keep on with it. However, it was quite difficult sometimes, as she was the smallest dog in the class and she got quite frustrated by it. She let us know by barking – a lot! She also lets us know when someone walks by the house, shuts a car door, knocks on someone else’s house etc etc by barking a lot. It’s difficult to manage this behaviour as if you try to calm her down, any attention you give her is rewarding the barking. So you have to try & ignore it. Which is very difficult & very annoying! So we’re working on that!
Poppy had her first mini-break this weekend too. While my OH & I were at a wedding on Saturday, Poppy spent the day with my OH’s mum & stepdad. She loves spending time with them, and fortunately they feel the same! She was really good at staying with them and slept well during the night, which was good for all of us! We’re going to stay with my Mum for the weekend soon, so it was really good to do a test run. Here are some pictures they took of her while she was there.
I love how Poppy can look different in photographs. I posted a video on Vine last week & someone asked if she was a black basset hound. We’ve seen her with a few Daschunds lately & she looks more like them than anything else. Whatever! She’s supercute & that’s all that matters. We’ve managed to feed her up a bit too. When we got her, you could see her ribs all the time. We got her up to 11 kilos by the time she became unwell a month or so ago, but she lost almost a kilo in 12 hours so we’ve been feeding her plenty, on the vet’s instructions. She looks a lot healthier, but that doesn’t stop her scavenging for gum & all sorts when she’s out on a walk!
She’s going to have her first ever bath on the weekend so I’ll be sure to take lots of pictures. I’m pretty sure her obsession with the bathroom will be reduced after that!