I flew to get Zorro on Saturday evening and we came home very early on Monday morning. I had big plans of slow introductions with the dogs. I was going to sleep out in the camper when I got home. I was going to crate him in there, let my own dogs out in the yard and love them up and then put the puppy in his ex pen for the dogs to discover when they came back in. Well, you know what they say about best laid plans.
In reality I was awake from roughly 530am on Saturday morning until 5am Monday morning, with a few hours of broken sleep stolen here or there on airplanes. I had an ambitious plan of See the Sights! Find the Geocaches! I'll sleep later! during my short time in the Las Vegas Nevada area. Fast forward to Sunday evening and Zorro wouldn't be quiet in his sherpa carrier unless I was walking the airport while waiting to board, he thought grabbing paper towel balls and jumping in the toilet was more fun than peeing on a puppy pad in the airport bathroom, and our connecting flight got delayed by well over an hour. To say I was at my limit is a major understatement! By the time I got back to my car in the airport shuttle parking lot and on the highway home, I was literally hallucinating I was so exhausted. So by the time I got home I said I am sleeping in my own heckin bed and that will be that. (the camper bed is unbelievably uncomfortable.)
I got home, left Zorro in his Sherpa bag in my front seat and went inside and loved on my dogs - who I had missed very much in the short time I was away. I let them all outside, apologized to them and I carried the puppy out to them. Lots of sniffing and attempts to jump up on me and see the puppy. Everybody was very curious but as tired as I was, I had no desire to stay awake any longer. I put the puppy into the crate I had set up beside my bed, turned on a white noise app setting on my phone and...he predictably started shrieking and the girl dogs all were leaning over to stare at the puppy making all the noise. Perri even gave some grouchy barks! I kept asking the girls to lay down and they would not so I finally lost my temper and yelled at them to lay down! And they did! Perri kept tapping my shoulder with her paw though, like she was consoling me. I found that Zorro would settle down and nuzzle against my hand if I put my hand next to his crate. That has continued all week whether in the car or at bed time.
We got three hours of sleep. That was not nearly enough for me. We spent our first two days at home for the most part, with blessedly mild temperatures. I got caught up on house work, let the dogs all rotate spending time with Zorro in the yard and in the house. Everybody has been getting along so well. Perri has mixed feelings of wanting to play and being outraged by Zorro's very presence. Molly ignores his existence. Ein ignores him for the most part and has already given him several scoldings, which Zorro has respected and learned from. Ein is very fair with his corrections to puppies.
Zorro came to agility class Monday, but was sleepy and took in the whole scene from my arms and then went for a long nap.
Wednesday he had his first vet visit, 6.6 pounds with an appointment for his next Parvo vaccination scheduled. He had his first ride in the car crate and settled in nicely with the "hand nuzzle" assurance from me. Wednesday evening he rode along to our therapy dog visit and ate his dinner in the crate while my friend and I took the poodles inside the group home. He also hung out in a mesh front pouch pack my friend gave me and is able to nap or just observe while we take the big dogs for walks!
Thursday he came to my sister's house for the entire day with me since my 16 month old nephew needed a sitter for the day. I was so anxious about this because I knew I would have a lot to look after, proper interactions with a baby and three new-to-him dogs as well as respecting his potty training schedule all the while keeping a human baby safe from harm! But we made it through. Zorro took a lot of naps throughout the day in the front pouch pack I was given and that was such a blessing! By the end of our time there he was playing tug with one of the resident golden retrievers, what a bold pup!
We are very excited for Week 2 of Zorro.