I have thought of sending you an email often to let you know how wonderfully things are going. Our trip out to your house was a memorable day for our family. I don’t think we could have gotten a better little pup. She is amazingly smart. We have never had a dog before and I was a little apprehensive, but her house and crate training were a snap, she has taken obedience training and was easily the best in her class. We have lots of great photos too. We followed your instructions carefully to hold her a lot the first few days and then once she adjusted well to coming home, we stopped and gave her some independence. She only whined a little the first few nights and has never had any problem sleeping in her crate since. She often heads in on her own when she is tired.
We named our pup “Lily” (got her near Easter).
Wherever we go other dog owners comment on how she doesn’t bark, greets new dogs really well and her general good behaviour.
Lily loves to cuddle but after awhile she will wander off to her own space as she seems to enjoy some independence. Your suggestion to give her a stuffed animal to sleep with when she first came home was the best advice, She loves her stuffed animal and still sleeps and plays with it.
Lily even sits still while the girls try on new outfits they have sewn for her…..(we don’t really make her wear them!) Lily has made a wonderful addition to our family.