Juliet has now been with us for 16 months, and she’s finally coming into her own.
Mornings are great. Both pups now sleep together in a large crate in our bedroom. In the morning, when we let them out, they both are happy and playful. Juliet loves to zoom back and forth, running at full speed and stopping on a dime. It’s really fun to watch. Her tail wags furiously, and she rolls over to get some tummy scratchies and love.
Jasmine has still been trying to engage Juliet in play, and Juliet is just beginning to respond. Jasmine chases her for a lap or two when Juliet zooms around the room, and she tries to get Juliet to wrestle (no, Juliet won’t go for that). It’s so fun to watch, and it’s still astounding to see our shy Jasmine trying to engage Juliet!
The big change, though, was Juliet’s interest in a toy. She has ignored just about everything until this week. I was working on some embroidery, and the ball of perle cotton rolled by her. She tried to bite it. So I got a rope toy and gave it to her. Much to my surprise, she started chewing on it, pulling on the rope, etc.
It’s a great sign of progress. Juliet is definitely getting to be more outgoing and interactive, and it’s a great thing to watch her life unfold.
Jasmine hasn’t been the most playful pup in the past, but today, she was making up for lost time. Blankets, ropey toys, her beloved reindeer were all fair game. While Jasmine tends to be a low-energy dog, she had several play spurts today, complete with a bit of burrowing and tugging on her blanket and chewing on the reindeer’s antlers. She romped around, picked up one toy after another, shook them until they were properly limp with fear and then she pounced on them, tearing at them with her mighty jaws.
While most of her play sessions last less than five minutes, today’s sessions were marathons for our little lass. She started on one toy from her pile and went to the next. She ran up to me to try to engage me in her game, and I happily obliged. I teased her with her ropey, squeaked the tummy of the reindeer, and tossed the blanket over her to help bring out her burrowing instincts.
It was fun to see her enjoy a little play time. Perhaps she’s feeling a bit better…her tummy is still a bit sensitive, but she doesn’t seem to be as distressed as before. I hope she keeps it up…it brings me so much joy to see her happy.
It’s so nice to see positive changes. Jasmine is starting to play more. Last night, she even played a little with my husband. He teased her with her ropey toy, and she started to play tug with him. This morning, she took two of her toys–thus far ignored–out from under the kitchen table and brought them into the living room. She has already begun destroying one of the toys, a plastic squeaky hedgehog that a neighbor gave to her. Good job, Jasmine!
She has been initiating play sessions by herself as well. Once in a while, she’ll go to the ropey toy and chew on it and fling it around a bit. While these sessions are short, she’s showing more interest in the world around her. I love that she’s becoming more active, playful and aware. It’s almost like she’s been locked inside and is quietly beginning to emerge.
Jasmine still doesn’t play–much. The two weeks with her “vacation” family were good for her in that regard. She learned a little bit about playing from the resident dog. When the dog was chewing on its squishy fish toy, Jasmine started to chew on a rope toy. Since she’s been home, she has played with her rope toy every day–albeit, only for a few minutes at a time. It’s progress. Jasmine also gets very frisky in the morning or after naps…she appears to want to play, but when I try to engage her, she just looks at me. She just doesn’t know what to do. I try to show her (I’m sure glad there’s no one around watching me), but I think it takes dog-to-dog play to really imprint. It’s kind of funny at times. I roll a ball to her, and she looks at it. Sometimes it rolls into her. She sniffs it and looks at me with a “what do you expect ME to do” look. Dachshunds are really good at that look. 🙂
Jasmine’s favorite game right now is “climb on mom.” I was laying on the floor last night, when Jasmine came up, climbed on my back and hunkered down on my butt. I guess it was a soft, warm place to be. 🙂 She promptly fell asleep, and admonished me with a sad look when I finally roused her and got up. Dachshunds are really good at that sad look as well. 😉