Minnie's Visit by Skeeter
I want to share how the visit with the Saints sister dog Minnie went over Thanksgiving. We were a bit apprehensive about having such a large dog in the house with our girls. Lobo the Sheppard/Lab mix spent a weekend in the house one time and he is much larger then Minnie so we figured if they could handle him, surely they could handle Minnie.
The plan was going to be to set her kennel up in Mom and Dad B’s bedroom upstairs. They informed us that they do not allow Minnie in the bedroom with them and they feared this would condition her so they asked if Minnie and her kennel could stay in the sunroom. The other reasoning was due to her kennel being used as a place of “Time Out” when she is bad. If the kennel were all the way upstairs, she would forget her bad deed by the time we got her into the kennel. Yep, they were right so we set up the kennel in the sunroom.
I was a bit worried as to how the girls would take this as the sunroom is their favorite room in the house. They sit at the windows by the hour Bird, Squirrel and Deer watching! But when in our house, the guest’s come first!
Minnie was very timid and barked at our every move that first day. I could see a lessoning in her barking at me within a few hours though. She was still barking badly when the Saint would make a move. We decided that a male figure must have done something to her when she was a young pup.
By day 2 the Saint was spending a lot of time with her. He would walk her and she would allow him to rub her while outside the house. Was strange but she would allow us to rub her outside but once inside, she became timid again and would not allow us to touch her and the barking bit would start…?...
Minnie met Zip-Zip but she was too big and rough for him so they would just sniff butts then he would go about his normal routine of running the deer trails in the woods. We could see the sadness in Minnie’s face as he would trot off and not play with her.
By day 3, the Saint took her out of her kennel for her morning walk before Mom and Dad B woke up! She was now butter in our hands! By nightfall, she was letting us play ball with her in the sunroom! We gave her a plastic crab toy that the girls never play with and that became her new favorite toy until she started eating the legs off the thing! Then we took it away from her because she did not need to be eating plastic! She rolled in the leaves when the Saint took her for a walk. I missed this fun but they snapped pictures of her playing in the leaves. The Saint and I were ecstatic that she finally loved us!
The girls did well and did not bother her at all. They pretty much stayed away from the sunroom while Minnie was in the house. Sheba would snoop around when Minnie was outside then run into a safe place when she returned inside. Our sunroom was an add-on to the house (by the previous homeowners) so the windows from the dining room open into the sunroom. We keep them open to keep the sunroom climate controlled as they did not install AC/Heat vents into the sunroom. Sheba would jump into the window and sit on the back of the couch behind the Saint and watch Minnie from above. She was brave enough to jump up on her Monkey tree to the top level also. Minnie wanted to play with her but she was smart enough to know that Minnie would be too rough with her so she kept her distance.
Cheetah of course stayed under the bed covers in our bedroom the entire time they were here. She would creep out at night and snoop around and even made a morning appearance or two until we got too loud with laughter at which point, back under the covers she would go! She did not drive us crazy at bed time with her “play with me” meow screams like she is known to do with company in the house but she did make a few laps around the bed walking all over us as we slept (or trying to) around 5:30 each morning!
We spent most of our time inside staying in the sunroom with Minnie and also eating at the small table in there. But for Thanksgiving Day dinner, we ate in the dining room. That was the first time we had all been into another room without Minnie and she wanted to join the party so badly that she jumped up onto the couch and was peering into the dining room through the open windows with her paws hanging over the window ceil! It was so cute how she joined us but Mom B got really upset at her being on a couch as that is a No-No in their house! So we had to remove her not just that one time but several times before she realized she was not allowed to do that. We did not care as our girls are allowed on the couch but we had to abide by Mommy’s rule therefore, we forbid her on the couch.
All together it was a nice experience for us as well as Minnie. Mom and Dad B will be dropping her off to spend 9 days with us just after Christmas as they head to Texas to welcome in the New Year! It will be interesting to see how Minnie reacts to us after a month away……
posted by Skeeter at 11/28/2007 10:24:00 AM