Hi everyone! I finally brought my baby girl home! It has been 2 days and I have finally had the chance to post some pictures and give an update.
Everything is going well. She is an absolute joy! Her name is Bella because I tried all of the names I liked with her a few times and she would only respond to "Bella" so, since she is sooooooo beautiful, that is what we called her.
Crate and potty training, hmmmm, well she can get out of her exercise pen by jumping and hauling herself at the fence and when she finally gets her back paws on the crossbar she can pop her front paws over the top and climb out. This is a 45 cm high pen. It was very traumatic to watch but I wanted to see how she had managed to get out.
Oh how she cries when I put her to bed. I actually began putting her in the crate and patting her to sleep, then I had to get my hand out of the opening and zip up the flap without her waking. She woke up in the middle of the night and cried again but I didn't realise that I had been asleep, it felt like 5 minutes! When I woke up in the morning she had done a poo in her bed. I feel like a terrible mother. What is the rule if they cry in the night? Do I take her out for potty even though she is not behaving by yelping?
The potty training is going well. I have been watching her like a hawk and saying 'potty' every time she goes to the toilet, then when she is finished I praise her. No accidents in the house so far, and she is hardly ever in her crate. When I was sorting the washing today she laid down beside me and chewed on her jerky. I don't think I have her in her crate enough, but it seems to be working.
Please feel free to give me any advice!