We've been continuing with the hand feeding at meal times--Barley and Rye are both more relaxed. We've had a few different places to do the mealtime routine, so Rye's getting more comfortable with the routine in a variety of different locations.
Rye's crate has been moved to the bedroom so that we can all sleep in the same room at night. Even though she doesn't like to relax in there during the day (although we're making progress with that as well), she goes in after I take her out at the end of the day and curls up and goes right to sleep--even if I stay up and read for a few minutes. Barley has had no problems staying in the bed with me all night and not bothering her sister.
There are still some times when someone is shut in the bedroom/crate all alone, but there's less of that time now and it's nice to all be able to be in the same room even if there are some barriers between us. Barley's also been much more tolerant of Rye bouncing around near the crate when she's in it. There are moments when she's had enough of Rye's bouncing and doesn't hesitate to snap in her direction and bark, but those moments are fewer and farther between.
We've also had some help with taking walks together. Barley is definitely always aware of where Rye is and what she's doing, but she's pretty much ignored Rye on walks. Her ears are usually a little more pinned back than I'd like to see, but she hasn't been pulling and there are a few times when I have been able to walk close enough to her with Rye to give both of them treats side by side. Rye is far too busy sniffing and checking everything else out to even notice Barley.
Rye's been getting some solo walks, too, so she's getting better at loose leash walking. We still have a long way to go, but we're getting there.
I'm pleased with the progress they've made this week, but I'm still keeping my fingers crossed that we get that moment of the legends where animals can talk on Christmas Eve so we can all sit down together and have a little chat in a language all three of us can understand!
We'll be taking a bit of a break for a few days to enjoy some family time, but we're wishing all of our friends the very happiest holidays! We hope your days are filled with good food, good friends, family, and peace.