Favorite Food: Real food, meat, and love her chew bones
Favorite Walk: Not too in to walks yet
Arrival Story: We were looking at Petfinder for Miniature Pinschers and saw Camille. She was listed as a Doberman Pinscher mix even though they do not know for sure which breeds she has in her mix. She had such a striking look that we drove a little over an hour to meet her and let her meet Georgie and Jackson. She did well and one of the wonderful volunteers, Jennifer, at Pals Pets had offered to take her to our home for a visit. One week later we hurried to get done and work and got home early to wait for Camille. She was very sweet and just backed off when Jackson gave her some grief. That was the biggest test because we knew Jackson would do that. She was nervous and would pull some and lunge when she was spooked by something. After letting the dogs meet and taking a short walk, we tried it in the back yard. That went without a problem too. So on that day, we adopted her and the nervous girl is doing better every day. She is a clown and in her element running around in the back yard. She loves toys and has found her bed in the family room and parks there and shops in our toy box and squeaks and throws them up in the air every night. She loves crate in the bedroom and is now comfortable enough that she does not have to be right with us every second and will go up to bed on her own. She is still a work in progress and is nervous during walks, in new situations and shy when meeting people at work. I think a lot of that will work itself out too. Many fears, especially noises, but hopefully, she will become used to those too.
Bio: Camille had a tough start in life. Pals-Pets rescued her from a hoarder. She was 4 months old and so underweight she could hardly stand. They brought her back to health and at 7 months old, she went to a program where inmates train dogs to make them more adoptable, Pups on Parole. We can see a lot of that training showing up and the trainer did a wonderful job. Once she was returned to the shelter, she was adopted out. The family didn't know a lot about dogs and their kid was afraid of animals and never touched Camille the whole time she lived with them. A trainer was brought to their house to help them since they never had a dog before and Camille stayed there for approximately 6 months. The family ran into financial difficulties and were going to have to move from the home so they brought Camille back to the shelter in December. Fortunately, the volunteers at Pals-Pets love their dogs and cats in their care and showed her lots of love but living in a kennel with some time out in the yard and starting out with a hoarder has shown up in her fear of the outside world. There is a world of difference between the dog now feeling safe in our home and the dog that first came here. She was nervous and pacing and then had to attach herself to me or my husband and now she is feeling she has a place here and is having a great time when in the house or in the back yard. I think the outside world will take quite a bit longer and we are exposing her and challenging her and I think she will be up to those challenges and progress every day. She is much different than we are used to with our Min Pins. Quite a bit larger than our little babies and where Georgie and Jackson think exploring is new and exciting, Camille finds anything new something to be cautious and sometimes fearful of but I am hoping she will soon show herself to be as fun loving when we step outside the house as she is when she is here.
Thank you so much Dogster for giving me the Diary of the Day honor! And thank you for giving me a place to woof and memorialize what is going on in my life.
Mommy told Daddy I got Diary of the Day and he said what??? she has diarrhea? BOL!
I had a great weekend celebrating my 1st Gotcha Day. We went to Treats Unleashed and got yummy treats and a new canned food to put on my kibble. We are eating Weruva canned food and I am eating my food right up now. I also got to play for about 6 hours at Happy Tails. The next day I was limping a little but it worked itself out. I just played really hard. I love playing with Georgie and Jackson but I have to play gentle with them. It is good to let loose some times.
Life is great in your own home. I loved the people at the shelter and got to know them well since I went back there when my first family gave me up but us dogs are meant to have our own family and to live in the home with them. I still spook easy and am slow to warm up to new people but most days are just full of love, fun and the security of your own home and a schedule. Mommy and daddy do take me other places to expand my world and I am doing better with that too.
Mommy and Daddy took us to a doggy store named Treats Unleashed today. It sure smells wonderful in there.
They had a place where mommy gave Jackson and Georgie both baths and I was afraid I was next. I tried to get out the door, BOL. But mommy told me that I will get to visit Melanie at the Groomin Room for my bath. I am going to Happy Tails tomorrow to play and she didn't want to give me a bath first. I come home wearing a little bit of the playground and some doggy slobbers.
We all got some cookies from the bakery tonight. Sooooooo yummy. I hope mommy stocked up on them.
Welllll, they told me I would be spoiled but I had no idea. Christmas morning I got to share in some bites of pancakes and scrambled eggs, yummy yummy!!!
Then we got packages!! Some from our mommy and daddy and some from aunt Whitney and Uncle Dave. Then even more from Dogster friends.
Georgie and Jackson started tearing the paper off the packages and I soon caught on. There were more and more yummy treats!! And then the toys!!! I started taking them and making a pile of toys for just me!! And then we all got bullies to eat. Mommy and daddy got us a big bag of bullies. One bag of bigger sizes just for me and one bag for the little squirts :)
Since then I have been squeaking, destuffing and generally terrorizing the toys. Soon it will be lots of toy skins to play with, LOL!!