I gave my dog away this weekend
Christina and I are going to New York City next weekend for five days. Since Reesey was going to have to be boarded for that time anyways, we decided to take her to Man's Best Friend. They do professional training as well as boarding, so we thought we'd get her five or six days of training while we were away. Wrong.
The shortest stay (for training) at Man's Best Friend is 14 days.
After we thought about it for a while we decided that as hard as it would be for us, it was the best thing for Reesey in the long run. She's the sweetest and smartest dog in the world, but she's a stubborn little b**** at the same time. She knows exactly what you're telling her to do, but she just doesn't really care. She needs training to make her more manageable, which means we'll be able to take her more places. She'll be able to be around people more often without constant supervision, and she'll be able to play with little kids more. Plus, if we get her potty trained better, she'll be able to roam the house day and night instead of being cooped up in her crate.
It was so hard to drop her off there. She had a look of utter terror in her eyes as I handed her off to the trainer. She had no idea what was going on or why we were leaving her. We kicked in the big bucks so that she'd have a comfy bed and playtime everyday, so hopefully when she realizes she's not at the vet she'll be okay. I hope she has a good time and that we made the right decision. I've never been away from her for more than a couple of days, and she's spent only a single night away from both me and Christina.
Apparently Christina and I are two very boring people without a puppy to entertain us. We both spent the entire weekend moping around the apartment bored out of our minds. We pretty much just sat around worrying about her and wondering what she was doing.
We've spoken to her trainer a couple of times and it sounds like she's doing good. She went in only knowing how to
sit (but only when a treat is in sight),
get Sheepy, and go
outside. She's now already added a treat-free
stay to her repertoire. My dog is a freaking genius.
Twelve more days.