Day 3: Accident Free!
Puppies: what an adventure! Night two was a bit more of a challenge with the howls and whines. We spent some quality time on the floor next to his crate trying to calm him down after his 3am tinkle. We made a change (right back into the crate with the lights off and no playing) after the 5am tinkle time which seemed to help get him back to sleep more quickly.
We had a pretty great rest of the day today with only a little whining before second nap time. Remember nap time? Naps are the best. I really want to take a nap but I'm on hawk watch duty all day because Zermatt is becoming a brave little adventurer.
For the past two days he was a bit shy and slow to explore. A pretty cautious fellow in his new forever home. It's understandable. Today, he must have started to comprehend his new digs because in the morning he was wandering around ahead of us instead of only right under our feet.
We did four laps around the top floor right after breakfast. This lead to the inevitable first "encounter with other dog I see around the house in shiny things" a few times. Always hilarious to watch him watch himself.
Also: don't get dark colored floors. 10 seconds after they are cleans they look dirty again. The more you know...
His new favorite toy seems to be the red dragon toy Marissa picked up the other day at lunch. It's built pretty well but it's already taken a beating. He's quickly built up a "dragon hoard" as we now call it and loves to snuggle with/on all his toys as he sleeps.
I also started a google spreadsheet today to get some data on his activities so we can learn his schedule of needs and help make it fit what we want too. I've only got two days of data but it helps to have it tracked all ready.
The big event today was our friend Jen Gamboa stopping by to meet Zermatt in the evening. It was his first encounter with a stranger in his new space. He was a bit growly, barky and wary at first.
It took a good half hour to an hour before he settled down enough to snif and kiss and interact nicely. By the end of the visit he even sat calm and quiet in Jen's lap. A big victory for everyone and overall a good first encounter with other humans. There is much on which to work but ever journey begins with a single paw - as it were. And we made it through the whole day without an accident! All those trips downstairs to the "wiz palace" were worth it!
Seriously, dark colored floors: don't do it. That is all.