Join Date: Jul 2015
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We were able to visit Shama twice before driving her home one hour and 15 minutes. On our way home, we stopped at a rest area and were so pleased to be able to take her to potty over in the dog area. Later we realized we shouldn't have taken our sweet nine and a half week old there since she hadn't yet finished getting her shots. She didn't get sick however! As I recall, she slept in her crate and on my lap in the back seat while DH drove. No accidents.
DH and I camped in the living room while Shama slept in the dining room, first in her crate, then in her crate within her 2x6-foot ex pen. Gradually we snuck away partway through the night and eventually returned to sleeping in our bedroom. Shama never cried as she's slept in the same place every night since we brought her home. I think I only had to get up in the night to take her out a few times. It didn't take her long to sleep through the night.
Now she has a routine of sleeping in a bed in our bedroom while DH is reading in bed. After I brush my teeth, I take her out for one last time. She comes in and rubs her head back and forth on the outside bars of her ex pen, then she seems to contemplate going to bed, I walk to the other side of the counter and pretend to do something (because she won't go to bed if I'm watching), she puts herself to bed in the corner of her pen (on top of the edge of her bed, never in the middle of the bed even though that's where we find her in the morning), I close her pen, and I make sure her water bowl is full. Then we all go to sleep.
In the morning, she is rarely in a hurry to get up. Occasionally, she is in her crate within her pen when we get up. Our theory is that she goes in her crate if she has to go to to the bathroom. We think she can "hold it" better there since she would never dream of peeing in there. That doesn't happen too often.
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