Let me start with an apology for our radio silence, we have been in the middle of insane packing and moving. We sold our house. Within a week of adopting Callie, it was under contract. Now, we had it up for sale when we rescued her; however, it had been listed for a few months with no bites, going into the fall. When we adopted Callie, we weren’t too worried that it would sell soon. Oops.
The house had to be sold – it was too small for our growing family, with two beds and 1 bath and little room for expansion, it was just not a good fit.
My wife and I hoped we would find a house before we had to move, no luck. Instead, we have landed at my mom’s extra condo as an intermediary between houses.
What’s the hardest thing for a rescued animal? Significant changes. So, poor Callie moved into this house with a yard she was free to go to the bathroom in unleashed – and play if she so chose, though she did not.
She just got comfortable in that space, with those smells, and then, we were packing up everything she had come to know.
And we moved to a different place. AND she has to go to the bathroom leashed every time. She gave us many insulted looks about this at first. My favorite part about the bathroom issue though was her hilarious facial expressions as we first started picking up her poop with bags and then began BRINGING IT INSIDE!
The condo community does not promote having dogs, so they don’t have outside poop cans. We just double bag until we have to scoop the cat litter and then it all gets thrown away.
Callie looked horrified the first several times we brought the poop inside, as though she were thinking many things, among them:
“Don’t touch my poop.”
“Human, why is the poop going INSIDE?!?”
“Wait, I am the ONLY animal who does not get to poop inside, and yet you touch my poop and bring it back inside?!?!?! What is WRONG with you?”
There are some positives – the stairs up to our condo are carpeted, so Callie learned to go up indoor stairs. Soon we will work on going down those stairs. The condo itself is one level, she’s never left behind. And, she seems to be settling in well enough that we have been able to start leaving her at home for an hour or two.
Another bright side is that there’s a walking path near here and a few other small dogs in the condo community. So I am going to try to make a dog-walking friend to inspire Callie to get out and move. 🙂