so, we've finally settled on a name: maia. it just seems to fit her best, and she responds to it pretty well already, which i guess is a good sign. whew!
today she got up and spent some time with the kitties, who were feeling very brave this morning. later, she went for her first car ride with us, to go "doggie shopping." we went to a big pet supplies store to find a doggie toothbrush and some toothpaste, as well as a curry brush for her coat, and we got her another stuffed animal because she seems to like those. next we went to a smaller fancypants dog store, and found her a chew bone and a cute monkey toy. while we were in each store, she got to see lots of people and dogs, and it went pretty well. she is shy, but interested in interacting. when we were at the smaller store, their resident bernese mountain dog (cooper) came right over to meet her. we were a little nervous, but she was great. i think she liked him.
she also started really playing today. she likes the stuffed animals that have little squeakers in them, and she throws them up and then grabs them, shakes them a little, and squeaks them. she plays like a total goofball for 5 minutes or so, then crashes on her bed. she is tOtally clutzy when she plays, though, so i'm a little worried about her bonking her head on a sharp corner or something. yikes.
the totally-covered-crating experiment is still going on; i put her in the crate for two hours this evening while i went to bunnysit for a friend, and then while i checked email after returning home. she was really very good as far as i could tell; only whined briefly once or twice, then settled. so maybe we're onto something…?
tonight i took her for her evening walk, and when we were about 75% of the way done, we ran into one of our friends from school, so she got to meet a friendly guy and she tried to go into the coffee shop with him. heh. every store we passed, she thought we were supposed to go in, i think because she had visited two stores today.
this was her first day at eating "full-strength" for both meals, too, which i guess is good progress. she's only been eating about 50-75% of what she was eating in her foster home, until today. yay!
our only speed bump happened tonight when the kitties ran upstairs, and she tried to jump off her bed and run up after them. i got between her and the stairs, said NO, and escorted her right back to her bed. i think i bummed her out; she seemed kind of sad after that. ugh, i'm so out of my depth.