The first 72 hours were hard.
And it had nothing to do with the dog, even when I was outside the night after, crying and telling my husband I was a failure. (I do believe I was having a hard time walking her….when Foxy doesn’t want to move, it’s like moving a boulder lol).
Adopting a Greyhound is totally different from adopting a dog from a local shelter. Greyhounds have had a totally different lifestyle. The dog needs to adjust, and so do the owners. Total exhaustion is what brought me down.
The weekend we adopted her, we were awake at 5 am, and neither one of us had much sleep during the night. We left at 6 am and hit the road. At 10 am we reached the GAPC site, in Musquodoboit. And at 2:15 pm, we left with our girl after an almost four hour orientation. Then we hit the road again for the long drive home. (I will add here, despite the long day and exhaustion, it was all worth it).
That night we didn’t sleep much. In fact, I didn’t sleep well for a few days and had to take a sick day from work. I slept near her at night to keep an eye on her. Our lil princess never made a peep.
Hubby and I are both animal softies, so we felt for her having to adjust to her new home. And it wasn’t easy on either of us when it came for housebreaking her. It took the two of us to get her out of her crate. We hated it, but we couldn’t let her sit in agony had she needed to use the bathroom.
It took a couple of days, and then it happened: slow progress. She started out by coming out of her crate on her own and sniffing around. We have caught her tail wagging briefly but those moments are the best. It’s almost like she is afraid to be happy. She was bounced around a lot in her life, so in her mind she is probably thinking that this is another pit stop along the way.
We see progress every day. Our favorite so far was this moment. Pretty sure this is a good sign she is adjusting to her forever home. 😉
We’ve had our girl for three weeks now. We adore her. We love up on her all the time, and are patiently impatient for her to love us back. She gets lots of love, attention and treats.
She loves the beach and is even starting to enjoy truck rides.
I can’t wait to write about more of her progress and adventures we have with her. She is a distraction from regular daily life but we aren’t complaining. My writing is on the back burner, but I will get back to it eventually. Helping our new girl adjust and feel comfy is far more important.
Do you have a Greyhound? If so, let me know! Would love to chat to you!