In which the new dog's name is silly, and she is doing very well
Newdog has a name!
Pickles is hard at work, learning the expectations of a Haiku Farm Dog.
There's plenty of stuff to be sniffed to on the farm, and also a bunch of squirrels to be reprimanded, and shadows to chase.
She doesn't have a lot of strength yet. She gets frequent short walks, and I'm teaching her some basic obedience stuff (come, sit, down, stay, heel, out of the kitchen, wait, and jump...so far). Some of this she clearly knows already, but she's also a quick learner, which is gratifying.
She will go with me everywhere for the next few weeks, so she'll have lots of practice in what we call Puppy Boot Camp.
Secret ingredients: a good flea bath and flea treatment, a course of antibiotics, good-quality food served in small frequent meals, lots of walks and LOTS of encouragement and love.
She's doing fine. Life is good.