Bunny's One Year UpdateMay 09, 2020
- hmm I finally made it, I think it's been a little over a
yearsince we adopted Bunny our rescue Greyhound and I don't want to give you a one
updatebecause a year ago I promised I would do this and it's been a process and amazing time as you can see she is a very different dog she is very happy now we are very happy and very lucky to have her but for those of you who watch these videos back to back when we get her into the next week of having her too fast a year later, I wanted you to know, to give you a rundown, I guess of our experience and Bunny's progress.
I was interested in her, but I just wanted to do this, so here we go, here's Bunny's one year
update. I think she's just going to sleep here. anxiety she used to be afraid of everything she cooks the tv upstairs li cleans her water dish with everything outside and now she will gladly almost make it all the way to the kitchen if we are there cooking and she will always be in the kitchen if there are treats so her fear of cooking and cooking has been greatly diminished. the noises as well as the overhead lights in general a year ago she didn't want to be around the tv at all she didn't like how it sounded she wasn't a big fan if they were like crazy pictures we tried to train her with rewards and bring her there and try to decrease her anxiety even being anywhere in the same room and we would try it with the sound off we would try it with the sound on but the images off didn't really respond to the training at all then one time we took her to big bear and the tvs were much smaller and much older and she was in a new environment and she decided that all of a sudden the TVs were okay, so when we got home she decided the TVs weren't so bad and she started coming there o On her own terms, little by little and spending more and more time in the living room, she is now in love with Seinfeld.
She will sit on the sofa or on the small pouffe. we weren't sure if we would leave her on the couch we didn't know how she would do with the other dogs on the couch all together she can be on the couch with me and Julian and the other dogs and still under some supervision she is not allowed on the sofa when we have guests over, although sometimes she thinks so and jumps on there and tries to claim dibs, but she is very respectful when we ask her to get off. Julian started to do it, don't hit him. leg and say calm
bunnyand she is very abiding by the rules of the sofa which I know for her it can be a little gray like what do you mean sometimes I am allowed to be on the sofa and other times but she is a very girl good? and we will always go to lie on her bed or on the beanbag I am there when we ask her if one of my favorite times of the whole day is breakfast and dinner because sometimes I used to be afraid to eat at first, I might nibble on her food if she felt stressed but now she gets so excited. to eat I know we should eventually wind this down a bit but when you have a very shy dog that you're trying to get her out of her shell she's absolutely the best thing you can see so we definitely encourage her to get excited . feeding time now is probably a bit of a stretch but he's so cute she's incredibly respectful of the rules we've set for her which is a nice change from italian greyhounds who for some reason are made of pure mischief , but he doesn't he doesn't have that mischievous streak in it we have a baby gate for example when we're in the playroom when we're working and it's a cupcake like I could easily step over it or knock it down but since it's there , she's incredibly respectful that it's time to stay in this room and the reason we have that is that even though Bunny is very good at going to the bathroom outside, at this point she doesn't always know if she's in a different part of the house she should come over and tell us she has to go out you know so we let them all out like on a regular schedule but at times we would let her sit in the living room while we were here sometimes she would just She was just like I had a pig she'd get up and pee on the floor and she was like a
bunnyshe's a very big girl who pees a lot but I'd say she's like ninety five percent good at potty outside ago a year when we got her if you watch any of our twitch streams we had to do something like she was blinking and Julian would have to mute his mic and he says the bunny is barking we would exhaust her like multiple walks a day tons on tons of playtime to just tire her out as much as we could and t So every night like 30 or 11 it was like bunny party time.
She would get up, get loud, bark, insist that it was like bunny hour and we didn't know what to do, but that slowly stopped as she started getting more and more used to our schedule, so now when we're here at night streaming or playing, she just relaxes and that's so much better than 10:00 p.m. time to bark the bunny also the same thing with the podcast although she's always been really good with the podcast she likes to just run up there it's a room she goes into once a week when we're filming that and she gets really excited because the door is open and we bring her bed in there and she just sits there and relaxes all the time she's a very compatible dog with us and she likes to, you know, walk around and get some energy out and play a little bit but for the most part she is a couch potato. and we work from home and were always relaxing so it's nice to have a dog that likes to chill in our bedroom at night too.
She used to sleep in a cage very happily. She liked him. It was her safe place to enjoy it. Slowly, after a few months out of nowhere, she would start barking at night like 11:00, 12:00, 1:00 in the morning, as if she woke up, she would get restless and bark very loud as if she will leave him it came out like a bark to me, we had the idea, you know, let's open the door and see what happens and she would come out of her cage walk around watch the tv go into her cage get a little scared and then calm down so we started sleeping with the cage door open at night and every night like get up and walk around for a minute then go back in but it seemed to me that he was showing interest because he wanted to sleep outside of a box at night that's what made him feel safe , but she was like building her courage to, you know, maybe sleep somewhere else and then eventually I started putting beds and blankets around the room to see if I would ever choose a different place to sleep and sure enough, you know that she could spend like 30 minutes in her bed and then she went back in the box and then eventually she decided she didn't want to sleep buried anymore.
She was really cute because you know when she's down, she's great, she sleeps on couches, beds and blankets, even though she'll almost always pick a blah. nket lying on the floor on a dog bed or even the little couch we have upstairs or this couch I don't know if it's hot or uncomfortable but if I had known from the start that she wanted to sit on blankets as much as she does how she saved a lot money on dog beds like she just preferred them she also found out for herself when she started sleeping outside her crate that if everyone else is in bed I wouldn't be there and so one time we invited her to bed not to sleep but to sit and hug her, to see how the other dogs did a lot: marbles, horror at first, he was like what are you doing up here, you're too big, the rule is for her, which is her. again, incredibly respectful of not laying in bed at night, not laying in bed unless you're invited and it's only in the morning, so right when you wake up, she's really cute, depending on what time we make up, she might bark. she wants us to get up or she will walk over here next to your bed and It's a few and then she wants to be asked to bed so we asked her nicely because she liked to climb on the bed.
Usually she jumps in there and has like, I don't know, 10 15 minutes of a really sweet morning. hugs and she just wants our pet tummy and just to have a good time and she really enjoys it, I think she really makes her feel like one of the other dogs, like she's part of the pack. I really don't care what other people think, he's just so sweet and I wouldn't trade that time for the world. I think it's so nice. I know there are a lot of people out there who sleep with her big dogs. I mean, there are already three small dogs in our bed.
I do not. I think sometime we will allow her to sleep with us in our bed because she doesn't like to be touched in her sleep and disturbed completely understandable but especially for the other dogs when she sleeps she doesn't want to be stepped on and walked and they walk around and walk everywhere ch others constantly a year ago too, you might remember how we had to teach her how to go down the stairs, that's not a problem anymore, she's really good at it and sometimes she likes to be the first up and down the stairs. door means go if you're a greyhound so whenever there's a chance a door will open her face is like squashed against says she's ready to go you might as well remember we had a hard time with her resource protecting the toys and remember what that is those are a dog's resources so if a dog is really attached to his food or his bed or a toy you might know he shows signs of aggression or growling at you biting depending on what you were trying to do , I don't know if she growled she growled at us with her mouth open really nasty like this is my toy and you're not going to take it away from me and we worked a lot with her on leaving it or leaving it teaching her that if I take the toy first I'm giving you the toy but secondly i ta ke the toy will not disappear.
I will play with you at first. That was very difficult and it was kind of hard to work with, but I think the biggest change actually came from building a relationship with her and building more trust with her. so the actual training of leaving it or leaving it and that now you know you can trust us i'm not going to take your toy and make it go somewhere you don't want it to go the worst thing that's going to happen to it is going to be thrown over the side out of the room so you can chase him and it's even more fun, especially if she takes something that isn't hers, no longer has resource cards that she hears well, he's slapping her leg or dropping it while some of you could screw up the first command we had to teach her was to look at me because she didn't understand that I was trying to communicate with her Gracie hail the adoption agency we got her from she warned us they are very fond of their people and anything that smells like you , they might be interested in taking it and we've heard that you know remote controls or even cell phones are something that if your dog smells it and smells like you they might take it and destroy it, it's not really a destructive dog she really wanted to destroy but she will steal your stuff and hoard it.
Oh, for her, she'll take any shirt, socks, hat, or whatever you've left somewhere in the house and put it away, usually in her bed or in the living room. room on the floor where she likes to play with it and throw it at herself and I know we can stop this if we stop leaving our places for clothes but I mean is that really the worst thing she's going to do and she won't eat it or it will destroy it it's so cute and she responds to drop it and leave it but you know every once in a while you'll find a whole sweatshirt on her bed and you think where you kept it you might as well remember we weren't able to leave the house for over 20 minutes at a time and she was going in her cage we crater when we left the house the first time we left the house with her in her cage she barked so loud it set off the alarm in her house and it was really hard for a while for her to we can make her up and leave her i watched a bunch of youtube videos on how to ease some separation anxiety you know because at home all the time even an hour a day you know going to the gym or grocery store was a long time for her and we had s to work for that, so it was like 15 minutes and 20 minutes, then 30 minutes and then 40, we really worked little, slow and long to build that. time with us leaving the house right now we haven't really created her in a while so I'm sure she's not upset at all we'd put a Kong toy with some of her kibble ya know subtracted from her meals with some peanut butter on it and leave her there with it and at first she wasn't interested she was upset and o Every time Charter became her routine and she was excited to eat some peanut butter and would happily sit there for an hour and a half two hours well we went to the gym and to the grocery store that kind of thing since then we've built that much more time went by and we feel so much better and she feels so much better for being her cage if we're not here, of which I am proud.
I worked hard in terms of her relationships with the other dogs. I would definitely say that. what he is most interested in is peach they are both girls they are both very similar in age and peach is very sweet so anytime peaches in one of our laps and the bunny raises his head towards uspeach will give her kisses and she i think she is still a little afraid of the size of the bunny when they are like running around and playing she will chase peach and peach will chase her a little bit i think they are still working on their relationship but thats probably the first and fastest. she is not interested in guys ok he started to get interested in her guys are only interested in me and they sit on my lap and get the most attention for me. she's just not into them and I doubt they'll ever like to be friends, but I think Peach and Bunny have the potential to be little friends one day in terms of their relationship with us.
Bunny loves me very much like she is very loving, very sweet. She loves me. I'm her mommy, but she thinks Julian is the best person in the world. They probably have the cutest relationship. She always wants to play with Julian, like she's her playmate if she could pick anyone. in this house to play it's not peach it's Julian it's not a toy it's Julian she lets him do almost anything like when he picks her up I don't know why she lets him do this or any of the things she lets him do derp but she just thinks that he's the best she wasn't very interested in affection when we got hurt she didn't really respond to it she didn't really make eye contact with you or give you any indication that she was enjoying it if she wasn't she really wouldn't give you any indication that she would like you to stop so we taught her one thing that I called the most which was that I would pet her and then take my hand away and then wave her hand and then pet her somewhere that they knew she really liked and then withdraw my hand shake hands and then pet her somewhere and she really liked it again and over time that became more and i would say you want more and if she wanted more pets she would extend I held out my hand for more so I could tell where n she was done getting attention, no, I could just put my head down or stop pawing and then I could leave her alone and if she wanted more, I'm happy to give her more, I mean, most of the time when you are petting her now the answer is more but you know its good for me to know and for other people to know if she would like to end the attention.
I'm just going to let you know that she's done in general, although she would. To say that adopting a bunny was one of the best decisions we have ever made. The first months were really difficult. They were a lot of work. i really feel like those days that we hoped would exist one day now we have them every day you know we are not people who have had big dogs in the past and i have certainly never had a greyhound i have certainly never worked with a dog i had not previous experience you know just being a dog it was a lot of work desensitizing eve and you know we still have a lot of work to do she's good with people she's good with dogs always has been since day one even with strange people coming into the house we haven't had to worry about that and it's been so wonderful but she needs a little desensitization too you know the rest of the world is great for walking she still doesn't like trucks you know something which she hasn't seen yet so we should need more time with her unfortunately we are in quarantine. right now, so we're not currently working on it, but I don't think she cares right now.
I think he's having a great time if you've just adopted a greyhound like I said. it was just her it's really not that bad because half the work comes from retraining your other dogs how to coexist with a new dog a big dog and a dog that has uneven energy it was really hard at times but i would say that this has been one of my proudest accomplishments and i know Julian you are an I agree with me on this point we couldn't imagine our life without her as she has become so joyful and so much fun and i know i am biased because she is my dog , but I think he is one of the funniest dogs he has.
It does look funny at times and I think greyhounds in general have the sweetest, loveliest personalities once they get a chance to let that shine and come out when they feel safe and they are very sweet they are very sensitive I just couldn't imagine my life without her since we did this and you know there were so many days a year ago when Julia and I would look at each other and really celebrate our little victories and say, I can't believe she did that, I can't believe she's getting better, you know, and looking back now it's hard to remember how hard it was because she's so much better and all she really needed was a little love and patience and she did the rest, you know. because I don't think it was all of our training I think that helps but it's just a testament to how amazing dogs and greyhounds are and all the change that happened was really because she wanted to and felt confident enough and did the work, you know we work hard taking care of her. and trying to give her a safe home, but they know she really came here.
I'm always happy to give any advice she can, although this was just my experience and I'm not a dog trainer and where am I a dog professional? But this has been one of the most positive experiences for us and I'm overwhelmed with happiness like we have so much love and joy that didn't exist until we got hurt and now we have all of this like she's great I can't imagine not having her and I think all the organizations that adopt dogs like bunny or really any dog i mean they did a great job helping us get a dog that was really good for us and we were good for her and we were a really good couple.
I want to thank Gray Safe, thank you all for being patient. Well, some of our content was a little different for a while and you know. even its different now but thanks for supporting me thanks for your advice when i was really struggling for the first few months alot of you gave me some really great advice we did we wanted to adopt a greyhound and she is just the most wonderful dog i ever we could have asked and this definitely made us better people and better dog owners and I don't know, it's just that there's no process like this, you can't really describe it, it's like it's amazing. i love you bunny thank you so much honey you know we are so lucky to have you and thank you for being in our lives and thank you for being willing to learn to just be a dog couldn't be happier and prouder of us because we really did that yes you want to join to this David yeah thank you guys for being patient and coming on this journey with us and I know looking back a year ago it was hard to imagine sometimes you know I cried a lot but sometimes it was hard to imagine if this It was like that.
It's even possible that maybe he was just a fighting dog to her a lot of her life and that was okay, but you know he really hoped she would come back and feel more comfortable and he did that's the yearling rabbit upgrade that he's just a normal now almost normal dog he's still weird looking yes thanks for looking and I hope this has given you some closure to the year long journey we've been on yes he's just a normal dog now which whatever, I'll see you guys next week
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