The Adventures of Yuki & Kaya

So it’s been a full two weeks since we adopted the lovely Kaia into our hearts and home ( the larger of the two is Yuki, Kaia is the small one) and I have to say that she has been nothing but a joy. We are still teaching her how to go potty outside but we realize that it is a work in progress and nothing can or will be done overnight.ย Hubby learned that the hard way because now he has to work twice as hard trying to win back Kaia’s trust. You see, he made the fatal mistake of yelling after Kaia one day when she missed the pad altogether and went potty in his den. After he yelled at her she all but disappeared under the dinner table and no amount of coaxing from him would bring her out. I on the other hand could easily bring her out. So I gave hubby some tips, like, to win her trust again, he needs to start teaching her some commands and as she accomplishes each command, he needs to give her a tasty treat so that she can associate him with good things. Well this has worked rather well because she is now spending more time with him. Since then, and after a stern talking to from me, he has realized that being calm and relocating his patience is best. Funny enough, he is the calmer of the two of us so I can’t for the life of me understand what would make him go off the deep end. But as he explains it, he expected her to be like Yuki – a dog who already understands exactly what we want from him. Well I just had to break it down for him like I would for a four-year-old and remind him where she came from and what could have possibly been her past life. After my explanation, it seemed like something clicked and he understood immediately that it would take time to get her trained to our liking. And yes, he did locate his lost patience.

As for being a good playmate for Yuki, she has taken to nipping at his front paws or ears whenever she wants to play, he gives in and off they go playing until they are both panting terribly. A few times I have had to intervene because I realize that Yuki desperately wants time to catch his breath and she is not letting up. Otherwise, I don’t interfere unless he is trying to mount her or someone needs time to breathe. They seem to adore each other because he has allowed her to take his toys and drink his water and oohh that is indeed rare. Since Yuki already has good habits I see that Kaya is trying to follow him and for the most part that has worked out quite well. Emperor Yuki has indeed found his Empress. ๐Ÿ™‚

Suffice it to say, Empress Kaia has been doing just stellar in her efforts to understand what we want and as hubby works with her one on one he is beginning to realize just what a great companion she is for Yuki and a great dog for us as well. She has mastered walking on grass so much so that she goes outside barking, er, heralding to all that she is now present and not to come too near. Her barking has sometimes worked against her though because she seems to forget what she is outside to do walk and yes- go potty! So every now and then we take the dogs outside separately to go potty and she has gone the full potty round outside a few times already. Today hubby tells me that Kaya pooed on and off the pad and because she thought he would scream at her, she bolted downstairs but hubby was smart enough to turn it around and praised Kaya for what she did get on the pad. Hearing him praise her instead of scream made her go back to him and revel in the praise she was getting. Nice work hubby, if I do say so myself. Of course we are still leaving the pad upstairs right outside the room where she and Yuki sleeps to remind her where she should go potty and we have also put another pad downstairs in front of the front door and she knows to go on that one as well. It is just up to us now to get her to stay in one place when she poos and not walk and poo as she is accustomed to doing. Hmmmm!

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New addition to the Family

Last Sunday, April 13th, 2008, Kaya was adopted from the local Humane Society. She is a Maltese, weighs between 6-8lbs, is 4 years old and has a lot of spunk. Though the vets had to remove 5 of her teeth, she is now able to eat all her food and is enjoying being introduced to new foods. She was a bit skinny when I got her because I could feel her ribs when I rubbed her sides. Initially when Yuki and Kaya met they seemed to hit it off right away and when I brought her home on Sunday it was like they were never apart.

Kaya is comfortable enough now that she is initiating play with Yuki and she is actually barking now. For almost two days she never barked. She was given up by her previous owners because they said that “she was jealous of the other dog and the children,” but I don’t find that she is that way at all. I guess different environment will bring out different actions. We are thrilled to have her living with us, this is her forever home. She was previously trained to go potty on newspaper or diaper pads in the bathroom, but in time I am sure she will go potty outside like Yuki.