Walking at Dusk

In regards to crate training, a tired puppy is a quiet puppy. Kira, who we've been fostering for the past two weeks, has come a LONG way in her crate training. She no longer has accidents in her crate (she stopped doing this around Day 3), doesn't bark incessantly in her crate anymore (but she still whines a bit), and at night, she sleeps quietly in the crate as long as Cabana stays in the same room. Kira now wakes up around 5:30am, which I appreciate much more than 4:30am. I'm working on lengthening that to a decent 6:00am, which is when I usually wake up anyway.

cabana and kira sitting side by side on dry yellow grass, both looking off to the side in the same direction, the sky is dusky blue tinged with pinkIn order to help Kira sleep longer, I've found that an evening walk is crucial. Tonight, we went to the REAL dog park, because our usual mixed-use park was too full of soccer and softball teams. I think this is my favorite picture of Cabana and Kira together--it came out so crisp.

both dogs have their heads down in the dry grass, sniffing the same spot, lights are on on the buildings in the background, and the sky is darkening and tinged with orangeI think you can see from the photos that Kira has caught up to Cabana in height, although not girth (I still think Cabana is a just a tiny bit chubby).

kira standing alone and sniffing, same dark sky with orange as in photo aboveKira has gained a lot of confidence. She no longer has to be 2" away from Cabana all the time. But she looks around often to see where Cabana is and what she's doing.

cabana walking along in the foreground, it has gotten much darker and the bottom of the sky is bright orangeWe don't go to this dog park very often because the grass is so dry and people are not good about picking up after their dogs. But tonight, with the sun setting, it was beautiful.

silhouetted skyline of trees with one big bush in the center, you can just make out the dogs in front of the bushIn fact, we were the last ones to leave the park. Can you just make out the dogs, in front of the bush? I hope Kira is ready for a good night's sleep. I sure am!

Kari in Vegas  – (August 30, 2011 at 9:10 PM)  

I am sure she will zonk right out


Cassie & The Dogs  – (August 30, 2011 at 9:40 PM)  

Oooh!!! Dagan is super jealous!! We haven't been in a couple weeks. Did you meet Doug the Humper?? He and his St Bernard friend generally hang out up on the hill by the chairs. As it gets cooler during the day and Dag can go to work again, we will get back to the dog park more.

Becky  – (August 30, 2011 at 10:00 PM)  

Hope you all sleep well tonight. It is so cool to see the progress Kira has made in this time.

Mango  – (August 31, 2011 at 3:54 AM)  

What patience you have. Kira is getting more confident every day.

Mango Momma

Anonymous –   – (August 31, 2011 at 8:36 AM)  

Cabana is not fat!! It is so cute seeing them together though. The are quite a gorgeous duo.
We also find that a combo of physical exercise, training, and a good chewing activity before bed makes for a well-behaved and sleepy foster :)

Susan Campisi  – (September 4, 2011 at 10:48 PM)  

My main goal in life is tiring out Tommy and Louise. The only problem is I usually end up exhausted too. So, I can relate. I bet you're sleeping soundly now that you've found Kira's perfect home.

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