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04/26/14 * Cleopatra has been adopted.
02/28/14 - Cleo is a pretty calm old girl. She does bark on occasion when my dogs bark, and she is watchful of passers-by on the road. She is obedient and understands what I want, most of the time. She doesn't even seem to mind the cold weather, too much. She will usually stay outside as long a I do. Cleo hasn't shown any interest in toys at all until this morning when I took her to the toy box and showed some of the stuff to her. She appears to be interested in soft toys, but time will tell. Quite obviously, she is not adventuresome or nosy. She doesn't counter-surf and has proved herself to be a true lady. At ten years of age she doesn't have many years left, but it would be nice to see her in a proper home for her actual retirement. She is very sweet.
02/14/14 - Cleo is now a pro with the dog door. Her UTI has been cleared up and she seems to be fine. While I was out cleaning the yard of more snow today, she did stand at the gate on the deck and bark, until I told her to knock it off. To my surprise, she did! She automatically goes into the crate when it is mealtime without being told. The crate gives her the needed peace to eat at her own pace. She has the choice of the couch or recliner to sleep on at night, but chooses to sleep in the crate. She does have a bit of weakness in her rear, but I'm hoping with her diet and a bit of weight loss, that she may improve.
02/07/14 - Cleo has learned to not only come in through the dog door, but to go out. Going out always seems to take longer to learn. She doesn't like it if I'm out by myself. She feels that she needs to supervise! She is responding well to the meds for her UTI and there have been no more accidents. This lady has no fear of noisy gasoline equipment. She came out yesterday while I was snow-blowing the paths in the dog yard, and I had to stop. Before I gated her onto the deck I moved the blower into the storage shed to refuel and she was very interested in checking out the auger, which was NOT turning! While gated she barked at me and the blower quite a bit. I suspect that she would also like to assist anyone mowing or using a chainsaw! Not a good idea. I am not crating her at night, so she has the family room to herself. I have no concerns about her doing any damage as she is a very well behaved girl. She doesn't seem interested in toys.
01/31/14 - The vet records finally came through and Cleo is a "heavy weight" pup! She has an excellent appetite, and keeps looking for more, but she is not getting any extras. She is also a mooch and would like to sample all food in the house. Not happening! She is beginning to understand the dog door and before too many more days go by, she will be an accomplished user. The cats totally ignore her and she them. She sleeps all night and is quiet most of the time. She does bark a bit when I'm preparing dog suppers.
01/27/14 - Cleopatra quickly answers to Cleo. She is a big girl, and needs to diet. I guessed her weight to be 65 lbs. and that may be conservative. We all went to bed just after 11 pm, but Cleo needed to go out at 1 am. She slept the rest of the night through and I found her on the couch in the family room this morning. After they all went outside, she was joined on the couch by one of my dogs. Comfort and friendship are very important. She is still a bit stressed this am and has been checking the crates for her friends that she has left behind. Otherwise she is fine. I have started to teach her to use the dog door. She ate breakfast without a problem. I had to go out for a few minutes early this morning and she was ready and anxious to go, tho' she wasn't invited. More as we get acquainted.
July 28, 2003
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