Ms. Pearl's worst trait seems to be that she is not crate trained and she has made it clear that she does not like to be confined in a crate. The crate in the car is fine and she readily jumps in to take a ride and relaxes and lays down. Put her in the same size crate in the house and she starts to drool and bite at the crate. We are feeding Pearl her meals and treats in a crate, leaving the door open, but encouraging her to spend a bit of time in the crate and trying to get her to relate pleasant things with being in the crate.
The saving grace for Pearl about her aversion to crates is that she is good in the house, hasn't offered to chew anything and seems happy to rest on the couch when she has a chance.
|Pearl contemplating her future.|
Ms. Pearl also loves her people and does not like to be separated from them. When I tried to keep her out of my office by putting up a gate, she easily jumped the gate. When I tried to keep her out of my bedroom at night, putting the gate up higher, she just pushed the gate down, jumped on the bed and curled up next me, as if to say, this is where I belong. She is a true shadow Weim, following me wherever I go in the house.
|Ms. Pearl curled up in a corner of my office while I worked.|
It's obvious that Pearl was an only dog and her dog-playing skills are rather rusty. She was afraid of my girl, Rigby, when she first met her and, although they seem to like each other, their attempts at play have not been real successful -- until tonight. There were plenty of play bows and tail wags, but when the real play started Pearl would run away, just too afraid to really engage. Rigby and Pearl will lay side by side on the couch and seem to appreciate each other's company, but Pearl just wasn't ready to play. It seems she is loosening up and the playful dog in her is starting to come out.
|Rigby and Pearl hanging out together and enjoying some quiet time.|
We don't know how long Ms. Pearl will be with us, but she should be available for adoption through Tri State Weimaraner Rescue in the near future. We'll put her on a diet in a few days and take her on longer walks and try to get her in better physical shape for her new life, but all in all, Ms. Pearl is a good Weim who just needs that special person in her life once more, someone to love her and give her all the attention she craves. She is a sensible dog, calm, sweet and very cute. We're all enjoying her visit with us, and hoping she finds that perfect home very soon.