. We are at our one week anniversary with Pearl. Pearl has proven to be cautious and smart. She’s been on a long leash (20’ trainer) feeling lots of grass, trees, etc. She actually wants to explore.
Our other dog, 10 yr old Ellie, was on the first day, not that interesting to Pearl but now has become a model Pearl emulates often. Pearl is processing everything quickly and already has started following some of Ellie’s cues. See the pic below for an example. Pearl keeps her bed next to Ellie’s and on the bigger beds, they often sit together. We are amazed how tolerant and nonplussed Ellie is. When our other dog was alive, Ellie was the leaner. Now she has taken on the other role.
Pearl has had no accidents in the house. She has accepted Ellie’s scheduled walks and goes to the bathroom outside, on the lead. She walks well on the lead, exploring and running with Ellie. We have both dogs on 20 foot leads so they can run through the grass easily. She’s eating extremely well, loving the vet recommended food Ellie has She tried the Nutro dry food but wouldn’t eat it and we started adding some of Ellie’s food once Pearl showed interest. She’s taking her antibiotic well and actually seems to want to catch up for lost time and eat A LOT. Haha
She’s still cautious and doesn’t know how to show affection but she will sleep on us and relax against us when we hold her. She likes group naps on soft blankets on the couch. You can see in the attached picture she is relaxing. It was great to see.
We took her to the vet today. We were surprised to learn that Pearl has very few teeth left. Most dogs should have 42, but because of her size she would have somewhere in the 30s. She has 6. That explains why she chews oddly. The vet said her ears were overly cropped and her tail as well, but she still has feeling in those areas thankfully. She weighs 10.6 pounds.
We have a journey for sure. Pearl has shown huge strides this week. We are so happy to see her sleep on her back, all stretched out. All in all, she’s shown her personality but also her intelligence. She’s a smart, stubborn, true-to-her breed Schnauzer.