I admit I was nervous because she was quite skittish when we first met her. Once her family left, she whined for about 4 hours. It got less and less as time passed and she started to relax. By bedtime she slept through the night without bothering anyone.
After I let her out in the morning, she was feeling more at home and totally pulled the stuffing out of a toy and destroyed two more. Nellie used to pull stuffing, not to eat, just to pull it all out. I had one toy I kept mending and mending until it became a round ball. I would save the squeaker to put in each new remodeled toy. I'll make a new little square toy with the stuffing and squeaker we saved from this one.
We all see a little bit of Nellie in every dog we get, so it makes them all special. Loddy came up to my chair and stuck her head in-between my legs to get her entire back rubbed. Other than Nell, I never had another dog do this. It brought tears to my eyes. I closed them and brought Nell back to me for just a moment. That's what makes this job so satisfying, to see her--if only just a tiny part of her--in every dog we take care of.
I wish the weather would have been better to take a walk but it was raining. Her Dad picked her up at 10:00 and seemed surprised that things went fine. We would have liked to spend more time with her, so hopefully they will leave her again.
I wanted to have some harnesses on hand, because I don't always trust leashes with untrained dogs. I bought two smaller ones at the dollar store but had to go elsewhere for a large one. Since we never had to use one for Nell, I didn't know how to put them on. I practiced on the only non wiggly, dog sized thing I could find; my daughter. She was very cooperative and didn't bite me when I choked her trying to loosen up one of the straps. But now I feel very confident that I could put a harness on a real live dog.