We’re in our third week with Charlie and we can’t believe how much she’s transformed. When she came home, she was frozen in fear. Her life as a baby surviving on her own with her siblings in an orchard made her wary of pretty much everything. By showering her with positive attention and treats, we’ve built up her comfort and confidence and she slowly went from shy and cowering in the corner to outgoing and playful. Take a look below to see all of Charlie’s first month of new adventures!
Within a couple days of coming home, Charlie stopped hiding behind the bushes and started to run around and play in the yard. The sounds of trucks scared her but she loves to explore the backyard, chase a ball, or run after Chris. We even caught her digging up holes to hide her chew toys – we have to keep a watchful eye on this girl!
Charlie visited the beach for the first time. We’ve noticed in new situations, she waits and watches from the sidelines and thoughtfully determines whether or not she wants to partake. She stayed close to us until she felt adventurous enough to get close to the water. But first, she threw up on the dock. Charlie’s still not so sure about the beach but we think with time, she’ll learn to love it.
Charlie saw the Golden Gate Bridge for the first time! I can’t wait to get out of my surgical boot so we can romp around the city and hike in the Marin Headlands with her. We want her to come to love the city as much as we do.
Her first time (and ours) at a dog park. Our vet recommended socializing her as much as possible to help build her confidence and the Saratoga Creek Dog Park in West San Jose is full of every breed and size dog you can imagine. It’s also separated by big and small dogs, right now Charlie is still on the small dog side. It’s a pretty intense experience for both dogs and humans but Charlie feels really comfortable around other dogs. Everyone wanted to say hi to her and the humans kept commenting on her big puppy paws and ears. Also, I think Chris was lapping up the attention more than anyone…can you spot him between the ladies?
Boy, puppies sure do stink! In that amazing way that I just can’t get enough of. Charlie doesn’t like the idea of having a bath but we know she loves the way it feels. Her fur dries surprisingly fast but like a true dog would, she got her stink back as quickly as possible by rolling around in the backyard as soon as we got home.
We’ve noticed Charlie’s ears change everyday. This is how they were when she came home, one folded and the other straight up. Some days they’re both straight up, sometimes they’re both folded. We don’t know if that’s normal but it’s pretty darn cute. We kind of hope they eventually stay one folded, one straight.
Like those cute monthly baby photos, I’m going take a photo of Charlie and her pillow every month (or week, at the rate she’s growing), so we can see how much she’s changing. Also, she sits so nicely in my Eames rocking chair while I take her photo – it’s just so adorable!
So there you have it. Our first month with our Charlie Mieuli. We think Roxy would approve of this little girl and we know she’s wagging her tail for us. I am so excited to track and share Charlie’s progress here as she learns and grows so quickly.
If you can’t get enough of this cuteness and want a little Shepard/Husky puppy for yourself, Charlie’s siblings, Milton and Sarge, are still available to rescue here. Adopt them and we can have play dates!
Follow along on our adventures via Instagram and search #CharlieMieuli.