|mountains seen on hike|
First off, she doesn't enjoy car rides. Not even when they led to someplace fun (like doggie daycare or agility). She really hates sixteen hour car rides, especially when they start with a near collision in a rainstorm on a twisty under-construction highway (here's looking at you stretch of I35 in Lewisville). In case you were wondering, near collisions cause loss of bowel control, perfuming a car in a way guaranteed to make a long car ride even more enjoying.
But the biggest issue arose when we arrived at our new place after driving along dark and twisty mountain roads in a thick drizzly fog. That's when we discovered blocking the upstairs in our two-story house in Texas led The Kraken to believe she cannot walk stairs. At all. Never mind that stairs are similar to her favorite agility equipment, the A-frame, she refused to go down them. A bit of a problem seeing our new house sits on a hill and the only way to get outside is down, you guessed it, stairs. I attempted to help by giving her leash a gentle tug and speaking encouraging words, but she slipped on the laminate floors and, poof, she found a fear of laminate flooring faster then you can say oops. Unfortunately for her, the majority of the house flooring is laminate. And did I mention the stairs?
After carrying her up and down the stairs too many times to count, she finally realized she could walk the stairs herself. Yay! One problem down. At least she could go potty on her own. However, the laminate floors still gave her problems. So we coated the floors with moving blankets, which seemed to help. Then we slowly removed the blankets.
Will she walk on the floors? Well, sort of. She's just now started to walk in the kitchen, but she still slinks along the walls from the living room to the carpeted bedroom. She's starting to use the doggie door (although you need to tell her it's okay to use it) and we put a rug by her food and water bowls so she will eat and drink now.
Poor Kraken. On the plus side, she LOVES being outside. She likes watching the deer and elk and saying hi (aka barking at the top of her lungs) to the neighborhood dogs. She's even "gifted" us with several mice. Her favorite thing is hiking. Mainly because she loves to run through the tall grass.
|The Kraken in grass on hike|
If you have any suggestions for The Kraken, feel free to leave them in the comments.
Until next time,
Karilyn and The Kraken
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