Yesterday we picked up our new puppy from the airport. We'd been looking for a while around all of the pet shops in our area but all of the dogs were $600 to $1200 and not the breed that we wanted =/ So we looked online and found a website that listed puppies from an organisation called SAFE (Save Animals From Euthanasia). We found a little puppy we liked the look of, called the lady currently caring for her and she' turned out to be pretty much exactly what we wanted. When we arrived at the airport, the staff brought her out in a little transport cage. As soon as he saw her, Will (my long term boyfriend) said "Hello puppy" and her tail just started whacking against the sides of the crate. That was a good sign! The one thing we were most concerned about, in terms of getting a dog off the internet without meeting it first, was her personality and whether or not she'd be happy and playful after being kept in a shelter for the past 8 weeks.
So we brought her home (me trying to hold a VERY excited puppy still in the back seat of the car) and she had a wander around and began to do a big wee on our porch. Will swiftly picked her up and carried her over to the grass, still peeing, to let her finish her business. Luckily, the next time she went was in the dirt behind the shed! Little scamp has already pooped several times and, unlike our last pup who pooped in the doorway to a bedroom xD, both times have been on the grass. SUCCESS!! We're trying to teach her "No" as soon as possible...She doesn't quite understand it yet, but she'll get there in the next few days. Little Tibbers is a Kelpie cross, which are used in Australia as sheep dogs and are very quick learners, which will be good for teaching her tricks!
Last night was a bit of a challenge. We put her in the laundry and she just howled when there was no-one else with her. I ended up sitting down in there with her and she was asleep in no time! However around 4am she woke up and started howling and whining. Will got up and that calmed her down a bit. Even now she's just not used to being alone and away from other puppies. She whines, howls and scratches at the door but after 5-10 minutes she calms down and goes to play with her elephant toy, which she just LOVES.
There was quite a funny moment yesterday when she first discovered her rattle ball. We rolled it for her and she just stared at stared at it. Eventually she poked at it with one of her paws and it rolled and rattled a few cm. Immediately Tibbers jumped back with her ears and tail up and started circling the ball, not understanding what it was. I picked it up and rolled it a few more times until she got the idea. Now she just has the best time pushing it around. All her toys she carries back to her spot under the table to chew on.