Jasmine was beyond amazing in too many ways to count. Among other things, she was exceptionally smart.
Typically, she was too smart for our own good.
First she would figure things out, then she'd figure out how to use that for her own purposes. SOMETIMES we got the benefit from her smarts. The probably most astonishing example was Jasmine's house training.
From the moment we brought her home, I worked really hard making sure she eliminated outside.
I didn't have any experience, but I did read some books. I was as diligent as I knew how. Taking her out after she woke up, after we played, after she ate ... plus every so often, you know the drill. Couple times I caught her starting to squat so I scooped her up and out to the yard we went.
At the evening of the second day, suddenly we noticed Jasmine whining at the door.
Nah, that couldn't be, we thought. She's not actually asking for the door, is she? However, I figured it would be a good thing for her to know that whining at the door gets her outside. So we let her outside and she peed.
The next day, though, around dinner time, she was at the door again.
Hubby and I looked at each other as we were letting her out.
That was it. She had it figured out by the end of the second day!
Within the first week we had two poop accidents and one pee accident in the house. Once she had runny poop and she took it as close to the door as she could. The second time, yeah, it was hubby's fault. Jasmine asked for the door, did her business and came back and asked for the door again. Hubby figured she was just being a pest and he wasn't going to play along. Oops. So she pooped right in the middle of the room.
The pee accident happened because we had visitors and it all that excitement there was just no time to go anywhere with it.
In one week, Jasmine was reliably house trained.
It was hard to believe but it was true. That's how smart and clean that little girl was.
If her whining at the door got missed, she'd come up and swat one of us. Jasmine was a very good problem solver. If something didn't work the way it should, she'd keep trying different things until one of them did work.
And yeah, she didn't quit until she got what she wanted. My dear clever, problem-solving girl.
It was quite a shock to us when we got JD whose house training happened within the normal time frame. We knew that Jasmine was special, but it's easy to get spoiled, isn't it?
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