It's been about two weeks Betti formally known as Bettina is settling right in. The first week she needed a little coaxing and a gentle lift to get her out of her doggie bed for our 5 AM walks. Now she gets up and heads downstairs right away. When we come back she immediately goes to her food bowl. Her foster mom warned me she liked food and boy was she right. After Betti finishes her meal she
then follows me and stands next to me as I prepare my lunch hoping something drops on the floor. Last weekend we took our first trip to the local dog bakery. She loved the treats so much she just had to bark her thanks to Kim, the owner. I think the free samples won Betti over.
I have also found out that Betti likes to cuddle on the couch, although she is also very content to lay there alone. And she does not like thunder storms. We got a few this weekend and she hid in my bedroom.
On our walks she likes to stop and say hello to everyone we pass. She has met a lot of the neighbors, including the neighbors' cats. She stands at the fence barking and wagging her tail at them. Some nights and over the weekends we head to my parents for play time with her new yellow lab friend, Champ. Her bark scared him the first few times he heard it, which cracked me up. I just love the hound bark so it is fun to hear her barking when she plays. I stopped by my parents one day this weekend without Betti and Champ ran around looking for her. He comes here to our house to visit Betti when my parents come to dinner. They really enjoy each others company.
Wednesday night we started dog obedience school and Betti had a great time. At the end she played with some other dogs. It is great to see her so relaxed and enjoying life. This weekend we are going to head to some of the local trails for some hiking. She is such a great dog and I am amazed at how quickly she is settling in. I know it will take some more time for her to really settle and know this is her forever home, but from the looks of it something tells me she is figuring that out quickly.
Thanks so much to the Black and Tan Rescue folks for all you do. Thanks to Betti's fosters for taking such good
care of her. Thanks to Dee for going out of her way to get Betti to me. And for answering all my questions even after we got home. It is because of people like you that these dogs get such great homes. I
can't wait to see her personality really come out. I am attaching some pictures of Betti in my back yard and at my parents playing with Champ. He has an invisible fence so I get alot of exercise chasing them. I put Betti on a 25 foot lead and run around trying to keep up with them. I am sure the neighbors get a kick out of it.