I sit next to her while she eats her breakfast. She eats every last bit. Later she'll have yogurt for snack to boost those probiotics. After she eats, I pet her a bit and turn to the list I am working on. She doesn't like too much attention and she begins to pant. Even though I am not making direct eye contact, I think she is nervous, so I leave. I'm really looking forward to connecting with the right animal providers. I am eager for Bella to have an anti-anxiety med.
Shortly later, I decide to go outside to plant a river birch. Bella, who heard me rustling in the hallway, appears silently at the door to my little foyer. Would you like to walk, Bella, I ask as I hook up her leash. On this, our second walk for the morning, Bella has a near perfect performance. We take the loop walk, which causes her some trepidation, but she is not terribly resistant when I correct her direction. I do this gently three times before she accepts the left turn required for the pretty loop walk. She barely pulls, and when she does, I said wait, and we stop for a moment. I truly think she is understanding what I am saying. She doesn't rush inside, and once inside the foyer, she stands patiently as I un hook her leash and say OK.