Last Friday, I closed on my house. After an hour of signing my name 10,000 times and a few hours of waiting for the title to transfer, I got the keys to the house and rushed over to unload a few boxes from my car and then run home to pick up Barley and take her over to see her new house.
We got there just in time to take a sunset walk in our new neighborhood. I think it's safe to say we couldn't love our new walking route more. I will never complain about being able to walk beside the lake every single day.
After a quick stroll to get a little of the crazy out, we went back to the house, Barley could actually check out her yard and the inside of the house.
Once we got inside, the crazy Barley I was expecting came out. She had to patrol every single room, sniffing along each wall, before moving on to the next one.
The patrolling was followed by some serious zoomies from one room to the next and up the stairs and down the stairs and up the stairs again.
Once she worked out the crazy, she was ready for the official tour of the house. We started with the basement (because I finally have my own laundry room!!! and had 3000 loads of laundry to sort). Barley discovered that she has her very own dog shower in the basement. Bath time is going to be so much easier now.
Barley also found her gym. Right now, it's just a big empty room that we can toss toys around in, but for Christmas or her adoption day anniversary, she's going to get some shock absorbing flooring (shhh! we'll have to keep this a secret for a while!) so that in the winter (and the months we wait to save money for a fence) we can set up a couple jumps down there.
We also tested out the laundry chute in both bathrooms and then raced back down to the basement to see if the socks we dropped in made it down there. They did.
Barley found the master bedroom closet (a.k.a. thunderstorm central where Barley will have a bed set up so she can retreat in any scary storms).
|And this is only half! of the closet.|
We've been spending a few hours a day at the house so that it can be all ready for painting when my mom and aunt arrive next weekend to help with that project. Barley still isn't complete sure what to think. She's quit with the zoomies, but she still isn't completely relaxed. I took her mat over (her crate is way too big and heavy to tote back and forth each day--and there isn't room in the car for Barley and the crate, even when it's folded up), but she hasn't been too interested in relaxing on it.
So far, she's been doing an excellent job with walks in the new neighborhood, though. We went back to using our "I Need Space" leash while our new neighbors get to know us, and we've been going through lots of treats to make sure each encounter she has with a barking dog in a yard is a happy one.
I'm hoping that she'll start relaxing inside the house soon, too, because we have several more days of wallpaper removal ahead of us.
|Not really my style.|
We hope that everyone is having a happy FitDog Friday and enjoying the great outdoors a little extra for us while we're working on Operation Wallpaper Removal. We'll be making the rounds to see what fun you've had this week a little later than usual so that I have something fun to look forward to after today's housework!