Thanks all for the congrats...I've been sick with the flu so we haven't been out again, but due to playing at home (due to the limited energy I have, but I kind of have to take care of her or she goes nuts and torments the cats/chews inappropriately/barks in her crate...none of which happen when she gets enough exercise LOL...and of course I got sick when my partner happened to be traveling for work), so we've been doing obedience but also exercises to increase her toy drive. In fact more the latter because it tires her out quicker.
The result is that I have created a monster.
Seriously, if she passed her evals before, I am not sure how they will take it when she attends her first training...she literally jumped up and nipped me on the chin repeatedly (keep in mind she is a 20-pound dog at the moment, she's not even up to my knee, and she wasn't knocking me down or hurting me--they were extremely controlled jumps) in an attempt to get the toy we'd been playing with. And then followed me. And then when I put it in the garage (which of course is closed off when we're in the house), she wouldn't leave the door alone until I literally commanded her to, and then she kept going back for 3 days whenever she decided I was too boring at the moment. She wanted that darn toy.
She only stopped when I got the flu, and her new job is apparently guarding me. Which we are working on, because seriously Abi, no growling at other dogs.
She loves my partner though. We're cracking up because the official adoption contract was just signed...and my name is Allie, his name is Andy, her name is Abi...my birthday was yesterday (2/5), his is next week (2/11), and her "gotcha" date is 2/3...So we're Abi, Allie and Andy, and all Aquarians...
That really wasn't a factor in me naming her, BTW...I'd always kinda wanted an Abutiu, but I had quite a few other ideas from friends an family for her that seemed more appropriate...until I thought Abi, and about what I wanted her to be (such an amazing working dog that her name is remembered for thousands of years...not that I'm expecting that LOL but you know, it's a good ideal to live up to). She's such an Abi. We call her "Abigal van Buren" when she's bad but we don't want to make the distinctive "Abi" sound (which we say ah-BEE, and also sorry Ms. van Buren, you were just the most famous Abigail we could think of) and call her Abutiu when she is amazingly wonderful but we can't praise her without confusing her (like when I tell my partner how awesome she did at training after we get home). Works pretty well. :P