Wednesday, July 14, 2010

I'm Still Here

Yup, it's been over a week since my last post about our holiday weekend. I have many stories to share from our staycation last week, but I have not the freedom to sit at the computer.

Any guesses why?

I'll give you a hint. She weighs around three pounds and has taken over the Wheelz Home.

Yup, it's little Miss Lily again.

Since her mom was litter trained and she's so tiny, I had decided that pad training her would be the easiest thing to do. And she was staying consistent SOME of the time.

But "some" started driving me nuts around last weekend. When I had fully mopped the kitchen floor for the fourth time in a week and spot treated numerous spots on the living room carpet, I started losing it. Add to that the frustration of all of us, especially Aaron, that we were spending our days hopping from room to room in order to dodge all of the gates blocking EVERY entrance in the house. A change HAD to be made.

So I returned to the chihuahua website that my step mom had mentioned a couple of days after we got Lily. This time, instead of trying to alter it's plans to fit our lifestyle, I decided it was time to actually do what it said.

Thus, the reason I have had NO TIME for anything else in the last three days.

No longer is Miss Lily allowed to roam unsupervised, even if it's just in a single room. She is on the leash at all times. She is in our lap or being watched every moment that she is out of her cage. If someone can't watch her, she is immediately returned to her cage. This has created some necessary improvisation on ways to do things whilst keeping an eye on her. This includes a towel on the desk while I'm on the computer. If only she would stop jumping at the screen to eat the cursor.

On top of that, we have the timer going off EVERY HOUR and then we're taking her outside. When she goes, she gets treats. When she doesn't, we bring her back inside and set the timer for the next hour.

I don't know how long we will have to keep this up. After two days, Steve is already threatening to "forget" to set the timer. But the plus side is that we have had no eliminations in the house in 48 hours. I have to call it success.

But I agree (secretly) with Steve that this is gonna get old...really quickly. But at the same time, I love NOT jumping gates, NOT mopping the floor every day, NOT spot cleaning the carpet.

And she looks so darn cute sitting at the computer.

So I have lots more to share, but I wanted to first show you where I've been.

Wish me luck...

1 comment:

Deb - Mom of 3 Girls said...

Sounds like it's going well - I hope you guys can get through until she's got the hang of it even without the timer!! :)