Monday, February 19, 2007

Ruby's Home!

Originally uploaded by egret's nest.
Here's our petite darling.

On our way to pick her up, we went to two petshops getting supplies. We didn't need much. We all picked out a toy for her then I needed a type of dog food that our local store didn't carry. We'll start her on it and then transition to something they do carry slowly. I also got a new Flexi leash (these are long retractable leashes that are good for letting dogs run around in a park or other open area to have some freedom with no risk of getting away from you). My old one was just too big. :) Oh, and we got her a new tag with her name and our phone number on it.

She -- and the others -- were glad to see us. In fact, Gabby -- the litter's mom -- jumped in Greg's open window and onto his lap when we arrived. Too cute! Ruby was still nervous with the kids but they didn't care because the puppies were out and about and so much fun. There were puppy buyers there and we finished the business side of things quickly. Ruby and Nancy said sad goodbyes and we left.

Ruby rode on my lap all the way home. She was curious about the kids but didn't quite want to go back there and check them out. The way we drive home from San Jose is a very windy road called Bear Creek Road. Ruby got a little carsick on it and was drooling like crazy. I had brought a towel to rub all over her former packmates so I had that on my lap and we did fine. Thankfully, she's like Ruth and I in the carsickness department -- she get miserable but never to the throwing up stage!

Many dogs who haven't traveled a lot firmly believe that they should only pee, poop, and eat at home. Ruby is among that group. She didn't want to go potty although nervously explored our front and back yards. She wasn't interested in water or food either. Hmmmmm.

We had some quiet bonding time with the kids on the couch. She's very nervous around them so we did some work on getting her used to them. We are devotees of The Dog Whisperer and used his advice that patience pays off in these situations. Both kids were sitting next to her and quietly petting her before we got ready to go to my inlaws.


It was just us and my inlaws last night (my sister-in-law's family was at their cabin in the mountains for the weekend) and Ruby loved it. She really gained confidence as the evening wore on.

A quiet moment
Ruthie getting to know Ruby

Ruby and I took a long walk. She's a great companion and when she learns a few commands, will be a fantastic bird watching companion -- no really. She's very quiet and well-behaved. She needs to learn to walk on the leash without pulling but I know we'll get there. We saw a lot of lovely birds. Two of them were life birds!

Double-crested Cormorant
Double-crested Cormorant

Green Heron
Green Heron

You can see my other pictures in my Flickr photostream {click}.

It was a delightful evening although Greg's parents beat us soundly at Canasta -- they even let us think we were winning for two hands before teaching us our lesson! :) We came home and the kids went to bed. Ruby was feeling confident enough to jump up on Ruthie's bed to say good night. Ruthie is hoping that Ruby will sleep with her eventually!

After a quiet evening, Greg and I went to bed. Ruby slept in a crate (oversized Labrador crate!) with a pillow, the smelly towel, and a big soft sheet. She wasn't feeling super secure yet but did great.

This morning, she greeted me with her normal happy demeanor, went potty in the backyard, ate a little bit of breakfast, and even greeted the kids politely. Hurrah! We have a dog again!



Mary said...

When a dog sleeps on your lap or chest, that means he/she has complete trust in you. Ruby will soon be snuggling with Gage and Ruthie - no worry there! She needs some time, that's all.

I'm so happy you have a dog again. She's sweet looking! I sometimes get frustrated with dog ownership but I can't imagine a home without a dog.

Your heron is absolutely perfect! All of your photos are...

robin andrea said...

She looks so sweet, and really content for being so new to the family. Ruby definitely looks like she is home.

Liza Lee Miller said...

Mary -- I just KNEW you'd be my first comment! Thanks for your upbeat support! :)

Liza Lee Miller said...

Robin -- you posted exactly when I was checking comments. Weird blogger serendipity! Wow!

Mary said...

You always post around lunchtime over here. That's when I check in on you :)

mon@rch said...

We will see so many wonderful post of this puppy in the future! I also love your pictures, heading over there now!!

vicki said...

Oh, congratulations on your new family member! She is lovely- and looks as though she is settling in nicey. What a sweet face.

LauraHinNJ said...

Welcome home Ruby!

She's a cutie!

Didn't she even cry a little her first night?

Susan Gets Native said...

HIP HIP HOORAY! Ruby's here!

Nellie sends big slobbery kisses to Ruby's face.....

Lynne at Hasty Brook said...

I'm SOOO happy for you and your family. Dog's add so much to a household. She looks like a little sweetheart!

I really like your green heron photo. The reflection is so clear.


Sandy said...

It looks like you made the right choice. She is cute.

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