A little Spring update for you -
Xochitl has reached a down-right-defiant stage at 1.5 years. When we ask her to do something, she will look away from us and pretend she doesn't hear us. Everything from sit, to even "come" inside the house when no one else is around. I know she knows all her commands (~10). She wants everything to be a game, all the time.
Xochitl has become the utter snuggle bug when we're settling in for the night. She cuddles up between Shaun and I on the couch now. This is what I've been waiting for - for forever! She has also settled at a dainty 36lbs and her coat is filling in a little more each day. And every day she looks more and more like Rune.
We have moved into our new house - but the fence is going to need to wait since our electrical needs to be done (old house with aluminum wiring) and she is in heaven. She is currently on a 20 foot lead in the backyard and neighborhood dogs (they roam) come and visit her and play. I'm starting to realize that she needs a companion more and more.
That said, there are some habits I'd like to nip in the bud before we bring a new pup into the house. Like - escaping from her lead and bolting down the greenbelt/creek. I had to rush and put on my galoshes and hunt her down. I've included a picture of the path she took and the hell she put us through. These pups are so fast that catching them is impossible and she conveniently has forgotten "come". Also, have I mentioned she isn't food motivated? Like, at all. Doesn't care about treats. Or meat. Or peanut butter. I happened to catch her when she was tired and heading back home on a trail in which there was no room but to come directly to me. This has moved to priority #1.
It is all an adventure, right?
Either way, we're going to need her more under control before we head on our road trip to Burning Man this year so she can be on her best behavior for the dog sitter. <3