She is getting more comfortable in her new surroundings, and she has started to follow me around for short distances instead of sitting in one spot and looking confused and adorable. She loves to sit in laps, and she will waddle over and hop right in if I sit on the floor near her.
We were doing this yesterday morning in the dining room, and Dorothy came by. She walked past us and into the kitchen, checked things out in there for a minute or two, and she walked back out ... keeping an eye on Winnie the whole time. Dorothy's behavior and acceptance of Winnie will be what finally determines whether we can keep her or not. As of now, I am very pleased with how well it's going.
While Winnie and I were sitting on the floor, I took this photo so I could show just how small this dog is ... her paw is the same size as my thumb.
Winnie has learned that her home base is her pink fleece bed, and she hops into it all by herself and settles right in. She and Ruby spent most of yesterday snoozing on the sofa.
Dorothy would come by occasionally to keep an eye on the situation. Notice that she looks concerned, but it's no longer a look of panic. It's a huge step for her.
Last night, as I sat on the sofa, watching 'American Idol' and 'Rehab Addict', things took another step toward returning to normal. Alice walked into the room, hopped up and settled into her usual spot between my left leg and the arm of the sofa, and went to sleep. (YAY!!!!) Then it got even better ... when I got up to go to the basement to switch my load of laundry, Alice stayed where she was. There they were, two dogs and a very brave cat, all sharing the sofa at the same time.
Winnie is settling in very quickly and finding her place in our daily routine. I never in a million years thought that I would EVER have a dog like this. It goes to show that the little voice in my gut knows more than I do. I was recently asked by a friend if I was going to get another dog, and I told her that I wasn't actively looking for one ... but that I would know when the right time and the right dog came along. Unless circumstances change pretty drastically, that time is now and Ms. Winnie is in her forever home.