For the past week, Jon and I have been talking about Fate, our new puppy. Jon analyzes the video’s that Karen Thompson, her breeder, is sending us. And we discuss how Karen is training her how to be in a house and crate and to know her name when called. We talk about all the details of her coming home. Where to put the crates, how we’ll walk her, how she and Red will be together. I know I’ll be using some of the things I’ve learned from riding lessons with Chloe when it comes to training Fate. Mostly to be clear and consistent and to mean what I say. I know animals sense our true intentions, even if we’re not completely aware of them ourselves.
This afternoon I got my studio ready for Fate. I took out the winter rugs and cleared a space for a crate close to me. I covered it with and pretty old quilt top to make it dark and cozy, like a cave. I put in the soft pad that used to cover Frieda’s bed and scattered toys inside. Before she comes into my studio for the first time, I’ll sprinkle treats in the crate. It’s important that she learn that when she’s in my studio with me, that it’s time to chill, chew a bone in her crate and sleep. I’ll take her outside every once in a while but in my studio, is where we work.
That’s my intention, we’ll see how it goes.
We leave for Virginia tomorrow and will be at Karen’s on Sunday and see Fate for the first time. I think Jon feels more connected to her at this point, he’s able to do that through the photos and videos. For me I think the connection will begin when I see her. I haven’t had a puppy for a long time and it’s hard for me to remember what it will be like. Intellectually I know that it’s very, very different from having an older dog, but in a way, it’s like pain, I can’t remember what it feels like. I’m a bit apprehensive, but mostly, I can’t wait.