Hello, everyone! This is FM tonight. Annie is sleeping next to me on the couch, so she thought I could take over the update this time. Annie continues to become more and more comfortable with each passing day. She is learning to trust more and more. She is still startled by loud noises and she likes to stick to her routine. Walks a certain way around the counters to get outside. She takes the path she has done before and knows is safe. She does still hide out in the bedroom if other people are in the house besides FD and me, but she comes out on her own now when it is just us. She likes to sleep on the couch or love seat. She rarely uses the dog bed in the living room anymore. She does sleep in her dog bed in the bedroom at night. She would love to share the bed with you, but FD prefers her to sleep in her own bed. Big meanie! :)
She did attempt to initiate play with my small dog Remy, but unfortunately Remy is a little snooty and did not play back. Annie would really like a best friend in a dog she could bond with. She loves to run around the yard and play with our Golden Alli, but inside the house, I think Alli is a little too intimidating. Alli likes to play rough, and that is just not Annie's style. She is more calm and is just learning how to play, so she likes to take things slow.
She will cuddle with me now and will sleep on my lap as you can see from the new pictures. She also played with a toy out in the middle of the living room, which for a puppy mill girl is a huge step. Annie is about as sweet as can be. She does not jump up, does not counter-surf, does not get in the trash, and has no bad habits. She is sniffing and showing some interest in our plates when we are eating, but listens to "no" very well.
We did attempt to go for a walk over this past weekend because it was so beautiful for February in Iowa! We made it to the end of the driveway, and she refused to move. So she hung out on the bed while we took the other dogs for a walk. So I have been working in the backyard with her with a leash. Just learning to walk on the leash is new for her. She is getting better, but still needs a lot of work in that area.
We have gave Annie free roam of the house for short periods, 2-3 hours. She does fine, and I honestly think she just sleeps on the bed the whole time. She is housebroken and has not had an accident since Christmas day. So you see, she is well on her way, and I have no doubt she will continue to improve more and more. She will require a lot of understanding and patience, especially in the beginning, but she will make a special family a wonderful dog.
If you would like to learn more about Annie, please contact your placement advisor! Thank you!