Dear Laurie, Kristeen, Isaac and All at Precious Paws,
Meeting Tessa and Isaac this morning was wonderful! She was so cute in her darling little outfit. When Isaac walked up to us, Tessa practically jumped into my arms and started giving me kisses! She did the same for Jack. We are totally smitten with her, and she has completely adopted us. It's hard to believe how absolutely comfortable she was with us from the beginning. It's like she knew us all her life. Her curiosity is delightful. First thing, she checked out our car, and gave it her approval. She also liked the harness and seatbelt, which enabled her to sit/lie in the fleece lined bed or on the back seat. One of us sat with her, and she was so good all the way home. Of course, she gave our whole house a thorough check too, and we're happy that it met with her approval. She even took a little nap in her bed, which is on the floor next to mine.
Our ride home was surprisingly delightful, the weather was much nicer than was predicted -- had sunny skies and not much traffic. We didn't leave Alcoa until about noon, because we had some shopping and exchanging to do. We bought her a pink ski jacket with a hood for the cold weather up here. I bought a harness that attaches to the seat belt for safety. To make the trip enjoyable, we stopped every hour for a rest break, and arrived home around 5:30 pm. As soon as we got here, Tessa wanted to go for a walk. She just ran and jumped into the snow. She was surprised that it was so cold. She liked it, but didn't seem to think that it was OK to go potty in it. So she did that in the street in front of our condo. We were all hungry when we got home, so we ate our dinners first thing. Little Tessa has a big appetite for such a small doggie.
We want to thank all of you from the bottom of our hearts for all that you did to make it possible for Tessa to join our family. She didn't seem to need a break-in or an adjustment period. She just moved in and claimed us and the house! We love it! We'll keep you posted on how she's doing.
May God bless you,
Mary Jo Paul
There have been two new developments since yesterday. One: Tessa decided that the doggie bed on the floor was fine for short naps, but nighttime she allowed me to sleep in bed with her (in my former bed). We got along just fine, neither of us hogged the bed nor the covers. And two, her love of snow and exploring the neighborhood are growing. She runs and jumps into the snow and likes to climb up the 5' high piles of snow that the plows pushed at the end of our cul-de-sac. Oh, yes, and she now knows that it's OK to potty on the fluffy white snow. Right now, she's napping on the floor next to me in a patch of sunshine. She's so cute!
Everything is going well at Tessa's new forever home. She usually sits next to me when I am on our computer. Just a few minutes ago, I was looking at some of the photos and videos of some of your fur babies, and Tessa's ears perked up. She jumped up on my lap while I was playing the video on Domino. I had to play the video multiple times for her and she watched and listened intently. She also perked up when I played the video for Lotus. Was Tessa in the same foster home with these dogs? Is the voice on those videos someone that Tessa knows? Can't help but wonder.
As you know, she is smart and learns very quickly. Within two days, she learned to use the potty pads, and of course she does her potty outside as well. Since it is very icy outside, I can't take her for much of a walk outside, so I'm grateful that she can relieve her self whenever she needs to on the pads. She already understands "No," "stay," and "come" and is learning "sit." I suspect that she already knew "sit" but she is usually excited because I have some treat for her and doesn't sit right away. She has several toys: balls, nylon bones, rope toys and many stuffed toys, but she doesn't seem to know how to play with them. It's going to be a delight learning these things together.
Dear all at Precious Paws,
I thought that the voice on the videos might have been that of her foster mom. Please tell her that Tessa recognized her voice and her former playmates. She was a little subdued after hearing and seeing them, but she cheered up again. Obviously, her foster mom is a special person whom Tessa loved for the time she was there. Thank her for all of us.
Tessa and I just got back from an afternoon outing at our PetSmart store. She saw lots of other doggies, big and small, and people, and greeted them all like they were long-lost friends. The people were all ages, including a 1-1/2 year old baby, a four year old, a seven year old and lots of adults. I was particularly interested and happy to see her friendliness with the baby, since we weren't sure about that.
Will take some photos sometime this week and will send them to you.
Love & Prayers,
Mary Jo Paul