Cinnamon's Journey from Puppy Mill Rescue to Adoptable Sheltie
1st picture, taken 9/28/07 at Hillsborough Kennel [1st stop in rescue process]; scared little face.... estimated 8-10 yrs old, small ~ 14", about 20 lbs.
Cinnamon as of January 2008 ~ look at the difference in her eyes, body language
First couple of days Terrified little girl. Also extremely depressed [puppies taken away recently]. Not eating or drinking.
October 3rd - 10th Doing much better ~ eating and drinking now; spending more time exploring. Day by day there are tiny changes .... her nose twitches with all the new smells and her ears follow sounds when she's outside. She's discovered the bird bath and has decided it's her personal drinking fountain. OK, so we keep it extra clean now. At some point she'll maybe discover the 2-3 water bowls INDOORS. She doesn't like to be left alone downstairs and will rattle the crate, barking loudly for someone to get her. Now she sleeps upstairs in the "main bedroom" in Buddy's old crate [which is huge]. By the 2nd week Cinnamon trying to get Buddy to play with her. She spins around chasing her tail, then when she catches it, she looks up at him like "aren't I just the cutest little thing you ever saw?" Out of the corner of my eye, I caught glimpse of her wagging her tail at him. Very coy ~ she thinks he's quite handsome :)
Wed. October 3rd ~ exploring the living room
Wed. October 3rd ~ now interested in sounds of birds, different smells ~ becoming more like a "normal dog"
Wed. October 3rd ~ sees her reflection in the oven glass ~ who is that ????
Pup-dates October 12th - November 30th: Doing better in terms of being handled/picked up/carried. Still wants to run, but "tolerates" it more. She goes in & out the back door without hesitation as she follows Sashi & Buddy. She now has the "sheltie wiggle" when seen from behind. And her tail is higher ... it's wagging as she trots around the patio !! She puppy-play bows and woofs at Buddy. Then gets all cute and coy, chasing her tail, rolling on the carpet. Cinnamon is taking food from my hand now ~ she especially enjoys roast beef, chicken and that little bit of liverwurst used to wrap pills. Actually, she barks if she thinks I'm too slow handing out the treats and now puts her paws up on my leg to get closer to the food !!
Housebreaking is still hit or miss. She hasn't quite gotten the concept. Will run outside, sniff air .... watch other dogs "go"... then might sniff area & "go" ~ or trot back indoors and "go". Rainy days especially difficult because for all of my adopted & fostered shelties, rain means STAY INSIDE. Sashi & Buddy will hold out for 18+ hours rather than get wet. Cinnamon figures the living room is as good a place as any.
Area rugs were sent out for cleaning & we had slippery wood floors for a few weeks. No accidents during that time ~ thought it would be OK to put rugs back..... Well, Cinnamon christened the living room Oriental twice in less than an hour [even though she'd JUST been outside ]
OK, so everyone will be slippin/sliding on the wood floors for another couple of weeks while we fine-tune this housebreaking stuff.
Cinnamon is doing very, very well. She is relaxing and showing her personality more and more each day. She is beginning to listen to directions. When I am sitting on the floor and I call her, she comes up to me and bumps her nose against my nose. So cute! Doug Sr. is still working on getting her to kiss him. Stay tuned! She is very vocal and as you can imagine, does not miss a meal. She is very good about telling me what went on in the house when I am out. I get an ear full everyday during lunch and when I come home after work. She understands what walk and park means. She gets so happy when we say those words and loves her walks. Linda, she has not gained any weight thanks to our walks!! Also, she is getting very comfortable with being picked up and cuddled!!!! Rachel loves to hold and cuddle her! Picture attached!
She is now in the habit of coming upstairs every morning and waits to be picked up and put on my bed. She lies next to me and puts her chin on my leg and falls asleep! And she is the last dog off the bed including humans. We have discovered that she has a sense of humor!!!! When I am folding laundry on the floor, she comes into my bedroom, knocks the piles over, and proceeds to roll on the laundry. This morning I captured her in the process. Then she just lies there and begins to rub her nose with both front paws and looks at me. I cannot tell you how cute she is in that moment!!!!!!
Cinnamon loves laundry day...
.... ohhhhh, this is fun :)
Cinnamon has learned it's OK to be held ~ Look how happy & comfortable she is being cuddled by Rachel !!
Cinnamon now loves to be kissed & get tummy rubs
Cinnamon understands that the couch is much more comfortable than the floor :)
Pup Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2009
We can't believe it, but on March 22nd we will be celebrating Cinnamon's birthday and one year adoption anniversary. She is getting so relaxed and showing more and more personality. She is very funny. She is enjoying being cuddled and likes belly rubs. Attached is a picture of her sun bathing and sleeping in the yard. Rachel said she had to capture her.
Little Cinnamini snoozing in the sun ~ tooooo cute !!!
CUTE-O-METER OVERLOAD ~ JUNE 2009
November 2010 ~ Evidently Cinnamon makes herself right at home after everyone goes to work .... snoozing the day away in comfort LOL