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Response to Hekate (Reply #78)

Sun Jun 2, 2013, 12:07 PM

84. Thanks - I know we're in for a wild ride

Molly Maguire, the mini beagle/pom mix, was just about a year old and calmed down enough that I was about to let her out of the big baby bed and into my bed with me. But then came Brigid, so that plan has to wait until she calms down. At least enough to stop trying to cram her muzzle down my throat like a baby bird feeding. She nearly starved to death the first 3 months of her life, though, and went through no telling what other kind of hell, so I try to understand her emotional needs as much as I can.

I seriously doubt Brigid was housetrained on arrival, but Molly took her under her 'wing' and there've been no accidents so far. I love Brigid with all my heart, but must admit that being locked up with her or any JRT in a small apartment would be my worst nightmare. A lot of the reason we're doing so well is that she can run and play outdoors most of the time. Always in at night from 10:30 to 6, of course. But during the worst of winter, I could still let her out 15 minutes every 2 hours, and there wasn't much winter left when she came. By next November she will have quite a few more months growth on her, and she learns the law here pretty fast. She will probably have to be at least 2 years old though before I give her complete and unsupervised free rein indoors.

At least she doesn't scream!

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