It's so funny seeing Kaylee grow and learn day by day. When we first brought her home, she was more or less helpless — she was far too small to get on or off the couch, and even single stairs were impassable (she'd just stand there, hopping an inch off the ground and whining, asking to be let up). She never barked, and when we took her in the front yard to go pee, she never strayed farther than a few feet from us.
She has now been home for about a week, and we've seen her discover her barking abilities (mostly by aping the other dogs when they bark at a cat or neighbor), and has gotten much more confident in exploring the yard. We now have to keep her on a leash when we take her outside, because she will happily run off into the street or neighbor's yard, and hasn't yet learned to come when called.
But most remarkable for me has been seeing her growing ability with stairs. We got her a set of doggie steps to let her get up and down from the couch, and though at first she had no idea what to do with them, she figured out how to get up the steps within a few minutes, and figured out the descent by the end of the day. She now climbs up and down them with ease, and that victory has apparently encouraged her efforts with the full-size stairs.
She's not any bigger than she was a week ago, but a few days ago she figured out how to make it up the first of the two stairs on the front porch that have been her daily obstacle. This morning she made it up both steps, and, flush from her recent discovery, a few hours later she climbed up the entire staircase from the basement, all on her own. This girl is smart, and it's so cute to see her learning new things.
Originally posted at BinaryRock [Original Entry]