Lulu is now home! (Her name may change, we’re not sure what to do about that.)
We drove 3.5 hours to the kennel where we were picking up Lulu in a state of high anticipation. The breeder was waiting for us with Lulu and a couple of her own dogs. Lulu knew something was up and was extremely loathe to meet us and go in the car with us. She had been spayed Monday and this was only Friday night, so it had been a rough week for her, capped by leaving her home for the past 5 years.
On the ride home, she responded well to being petted and about halfway home, I got into the back seat with her and petted her continuously the rest of the way home. That was a good move and when we got home, she seemed to view me as more of a safe haven than anything else, although she was also timid about me, too. Scott’s pretty scary to her still.
She’s really cute and really sweet. She’s still timid about being approached and will try to evade being approached if she can. She doesn’t snap or anything like that–she doesn’t seem to have an aggressive bone in her body. She just gets up and moves or kind of shrinks down if you approach. She does relax and accept attention after that, though. And if you look at her across the room and tell her she’s beautiful and sweet, her tail will thump happily.
She looks a lot like Amber at that age, except stockier and tanner — where Amber was apricot fading to sandy, Lulu is “cafe au lait” which is a tanner color. She has the brown nose and eye rims and amber colored eyes of a proper cafe au lait. It threw me at first–being used to the black nose and dark eyes of Amber.
She’s a big healthy girl at 57 pounds. The breeder had originally told us she was 70 pounds but when she went in to be spayed, the vet’s scale said 57. She just looks really big for a poodle; I’m not at all surprised the breeder thought she might be 70. She’s got big broad shoulders and huge paws. Super cute.