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08 October 2007 @ 07:19 am
doggie day one!  
ZOMG, we really have dog!

Sister and I are still arguing a bit about her name. I really like "Tessie" for a dog, and I think I'm getting use to it for her, but I'm not absolutely positive it's the right name, though the Red Sox do seem to be winning an awful lot. Gira really likes "Shanti," the Sanskrit word for 'peace,' which might be a nice word to apply to our skittish little doglette, but I don't know if it sounds too much like "Sachi." Pretend my journal is like one of those baby name communities ("zomg, I r totally going to name my kid Harry Potter Jones! You like eet?"). Vote your choice!

(Her eyes are not really green; it's for dramatic effect.)

She spends most of her time being scared of absolutely everything, so we get a lot of this look:

and a lot of her running away, poor thing. This has led to some Housebreaking Incidents, because she's so darned scared of her harness and leash that we can't get them on her in time. Oy vey! I got a sliplead to use in the interim, and I can throw it around her when she's doing something else, but she's a squirmy little devil and just putting a leash on her regular collar would lead to Escaped Doggie Action. I'm not sure on the doggie-training approach: is it worth it to have to sit on her to put the harness on so that I can praise and treatify her once she has it on? Erm, I doubt it.

She HAS learned to do some other things she was Deathly Afraid of yesterday, though! She can now walk up the stairs outside of our house (after being carried a few times) and can jump down from my bed (after twenty minutes of pacing), saving me from having to purchase doggie stairs! Good girl!!

Her two fave things so far in our house are being on a bed (see above -- we weren't planning to let her on the bed, but her foster mom was like "um, yah, you should rilly let her sleep with you" and um, she's really warm. So welcome to my bed, TessieShanti!) and her other favorite thing: edible bones from Nylabone:

I sort of wish she wouldn't combine these activities, but it seems like she cleans up very well and leaves no bonecrumbs. Close-up!

Also, my hair is bloo! (It's much less obvious when I put it up for work, so, hopefully I = not fired. LOL. This is what I get for telling Gira I'd like "a few small tasteful violet streaks" and her saying "I can do something just as good!" and then me not paying attention. It's SO PUNK ROCK, RAR.)

Yes, I did take that myself in the bathroom mirror, and yes, I am wearing Nerd Pajamas.
feel: anxiousanxious
hear: laundry in dryer
a universal sighnaushika on October 8th, 2007 03:20 pm (UTC)
I vote Tessie!! But then again I am high on baseball after the Red Sox sweeping the Indians.

Those blue streaks are the AWESOMEST! :D And I do believe this is the first time I've ever seen a clear picture of you, so weeee look it's Little Red!
Little Red: punk! - lyssiemylittleredgirl on October 8th, 2007 03:52 pm (UTC)
OMG, for reals? I'm sure I've posted pictures of me before. Hrm. But yep, that be me at 6 AM.

(no subject) - naushika on October 8th, 2007 05:51 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - mylittleredgirl on October 8th, 2007 06:52 pm (UTC) (Expand)
rogue equestrian: Randelvinborn on October 8th, 2007 04:07 pm (UTC)
I don't think I've ever seen a picture of you! Love the hair. I wish my hair would show colors like that!

give her some time with the harness. If she doesn't mind it (once you have it on), you could leave it on her for parts of the day when you know she may need to go out. (which will also take some time to learn).
my puppy has the same harness!

and you will really like having the warm doggie in the bed in the winter. :)

you could name her "peace" but in a different language? lots of different languages' word for peace I liked ....a few of them.
Little Red: punk! - lyssiemylittleredgirl on October 8th, 2007 06:57 pm (UTC)
Oh, I bleached my hair for a good 2 hours before I put the streaks in. :) Once the blue fades, I think I'm going to go full-on blonde, because I kind of liked it. Heee!

She doesn't really mind having the harness on, but I don't want to leave it on her all the time... so we need to find a way to make it less traumatic to get it on and off, poor muttnik.

I sent the link to Gira! I think Sanskrit would be our fave language, because both sister and my names are Sanskrit so it's a fambly tradition. ;)
Clyde: charlie by meeksuzvoy on October 8th, 2007 04:10 pm (UTC)
You should call her Doggie :D
Little Red: trek - porthos - mediemylittleredgirl on October 8th, 2007 06:58 pm (UTC)
LOL. I love eet! I suggested it to Sister, and she was less enthused.
Rebecka: CSI. Sara smile.chandlerina on October 8th, 2007 04:46 pm (UTC)
That is the cutest dog EVER! OMG. *hugs computer screen* Aww, Tessie is a cute name! I used to want a cat named 'Missy' (for obvious X-Phile reasons). I then changed my mind, and named her Lorelai Chandlerina! XD
Little Red: aw - cj/d *hugz* - natushkamylittleredgirl on October 8th, 2007 07:07 pm (UTC)
Awww hahahaha. However, I need to name the dog something that I can call out at the dog park without feeling silly. ;)

Tammy - never give up, never surrender: RL - Hailey croc - besydbesyd on October 8th, 2007 04:50 pm (UTC)
Catching up on LJ ... as usual.

Yea! Puppy is home!

You could compromise and call her "T". T for Tessie and T for Shanti. And, of course, T for Teal'c, because she is from another world. :^D

A couple of training books will be winging their way to you very soon. As will be advice. And some goodies. (Sorry I got behind!)

And you're right. Sitting on her to get the harness on = not so good. Spend lots of calm time using cookies to get her used to the harness and leash. Pick a really good cookie (like boiled chicken gizzard - simple, not too messy, and just the right size) and giver her one every time she accepts the harness. Break it down into small parts, if needed ... cookie for not running at the sight, for allowing it to touch her body, for allowing it to go over her head, etc.

Since she's really reactive, be sure praise comes in the form of soft words like "good" and yummy cookies. Calm, low tones are the name of the game around this kiddo. Keep that adrenaline level down, so no high-pitched "Yea!" or clapping or things like that (tell other people the "calm rules" too).

More soon!
Little Red: trek - porthos - mediemylittleredgirl on October 8th, 2007 07:09 pm (UTC)
Where on Earth would you find boiled chicken gizzards? :-/

She's definitely food motivated, which is good, and I hope that with time and patience she'll be able to come out of her shell a bit and be less scared of everything. Everything's been low-adrenaline for the time being for sure, she hasn't been up to playing with us much yet but will hang around us and snooze. I can't wait to see what she's like once she settles in! Yay doggie! :)
(no subject) - besyd on October 8th, 2007 11:04 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Bichito: Dr. Quinn - Sully smilesbichito on October 8th, 2007 05:09 pm (UTC)
First, your puppy is so cute!!!! I don't know about names, maybe Shanti, because of the meaning. *hugs her* SHE'S SO CUTE!

I LOVE YOUR BLUE STREAKS!!! That's the exact color I want to dye my hair, but I can't, because I would get fired immediately, LOL.
Little Red: punk! - lyssiemylittleredgirl on October 8th, 2007 08:41 pm (UTC)
I'd probably get in a lot more trouble if I did my whole head!! I think it's very unprofessional that I did it. I planned for it to be a lot less dramatic!
Ravennoradannan on October 8th, 2007 05:10 pm (UTC)

I'm trying to keep the sqeees to a minimum, since I'm at work, but so! Cute!
Little Red: trek - porthos - mediemylittleredgirl on October 8th, 2007 08:36 pm (UTC)
She's such a cutiepie!! I'm feeling a little overwhelmed because I didn't realize just how traumatized she was when we first met her. Eep. Hopefully it's just exascerbated by moving to our place and she'll calm down a little.

She curls into the little tiniest ball next to you when you're sitting on the couch or lying in bed... soooo cuuuuute! She's been inching closer to us -- from eight feet away when she first came home and now she'll try to lie right on my hand.
Ravennoradannan on October 8th, 2007 05:11 pm (UTC)
Also, your blue streaks are beautiful, and I'm jealous I don't get mine anymore (too many client meetings these days). Hmm... Maybe I should try again anyway...
Little Red: punk! - lyssiemylittleredgirl on October 8th, 2007 08:35 pm (UTC)
OMG, I am ridiculously stupid for getting it done now -- I thought it would be WAY more subtle, like a decoration instead of a statement!! I'm wearing my hair up to work so it's less dramatic. You could always try doing the same. :)
mehhhhhh: Bangor!catcnidarian on October 8th, 2007 05:27 pm (UTC)
I would suggest Shasta cos I like the sound of it, but upon doing a little research it appears to be a brand of Soda in your neck of the woods. So maybe not.

Nuthin wrong with Doggie-dog! ;)
Little Red: trek - porthos - mediemylittleredgirl on October 8th, 2007 08:28 pm (UTC)
We used to know a little parakeet named Shasta... but LOL, it's totally a soda.

Doggie-dog! <3 The pet name for indecisive people everywhere.
(no subject) - cnidarian on October 8th, 2007 09:04 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Andy: ncc_squeeankareeda on October 8th, 2007 07:46 pm (UTC)
OMG, CUTE! I love her pink neckband.

The blue streaks are funky, such a rich color. Cool!
Little Red: punk! - lyssiemylittleredgirl on October 8th, 2007 08:27 pm (UTC)
Pink is her signature color. :) Maybe she'd like the harness better if it was pink, too?

The blue is WAY too blue, omg! I'm so surprised it turned out that bright. I'm hiding it in a ponytail for work.
MegTDJ: Life Charlie Puppy Love - kamikazewafflemeg_tdj on October 8th, 2007 08:15 pm (UTC)
Awww, doggieeeee!!! She's so cuuuute!!! :D

Animals generally do get freaked out by harnesses the first few times you put them on, so I would suggest you save doing that for later when she's less scared of other things. Unless you really have no other way of attaching a leash. But yeah.

As for doggie names... I have a hard enough time naming my own pets, LOL! I like Tessie, though. :)
Little Red: trek - porthos - mediemylittleredgirl on October 8th, 2007 08:23 pm (UTC)
Well, she's used harnesses before. She's a very squirmy little dog with a skinny little neck so she could slip out of a regular collar, unfortunately, and because she's so skittish, she could get spooked by pretty much anything and run off. The foster folk are all "HARNESS IS A MUST" for that reason, but maybe I can use a choke collar in the interim because she won't be able to slip out of it. :-/

Or just get it on her and never take it off, mwahahaha. She's fine once it's on.
(no subject) - meg_tdj on October 8th, 2007 08:31 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - mylittleredgirl on October 8th, 2007 08:56 pm (UTC) (Expand)
georgie: Gryffindor detentiongeorgierae on October 8th, 2007 09:41 pm (UTC)
she's a gorgeous pup! (and nice streaks btw!)

...maybe there should be a poll? ;)
georgie: Gryffindor detentiongeorgierae on October 8th, 2007 09:42 pm (UTC)
("zomg, I r totally going to name my kid Harry Potter Jones! You like eet?")

zomg, I r totally going to name my kid Harry Potter Jones!. You know it makes sense (and is something i totally would do... *facepalm*)
nanda नान्दा: w waggingnandamai on October 8th, 2007 11:05 pm (UTC)
Shanti was a very close runner-up in the name game for the current gerbils. The only reason it lost was that I'd already named one Saoirse (SEAR-sha) and that would have been way too many sibilants for my little tiny brain.

Tessie might be better, though, because it would lead to a great deal of doggie-filk.
surferartchick: HGG I love Mesurferartchick on October 8th, 2007 11:31 pm (UTC)
She is adorable!