Hanging with Natick
Hi! Thanks for looking after my pup for me. She is very cute and her name is Natick. Here she is!
She shouldn't be a difficult dog to watch or hang out with, but there are some things you should know. She's not all the way vaccinated yet so isn't allowed on walks on the street. Luckily we have a yard so whoever is "walking" her can just let her out to go to the bathroom and play with her there, or in my/her room.
Okay, here is how to find her in my home.
My address is 22 Arlington Place, Brooklyn, NY 11216. Near the Nostrand A/C stop. It's a townhouse (no apartment number because we have the whole thing). Looking at it from the front, it looks like this. The lockbox (code 1918) with the keys is on the gate, but to get in you'll use those keys on the main door. So...
Then, once you have the keys, go up the stairs to the main door. There are two doors to open - we only lock the top lock on both of them. One key will open one door, the other the second door.
Please *lock* the doors when you enter, as they won't relock automatically (just the top locks, not the bottom ones - the bolt locks). If any of my roommates are around you can just explain you are there for Natick (Clayton's dog).
Once you are inside, go past the living room. There will then be two ways to get to Natick's room, which is downstairs. The first is the inside way. See the poster on the right with the tiger that says "Trust Me"? There are stairs going down there. Go down one flight and then go to your right.
Once you are in that (very short) hallway, just go through the door at the end of it and that's my room. Natick will be in there. Feel free to use the bathroom you pass by.
Natick will either be in a crate next to my bed, or in the office area at the back with a playpen separating her from the bedroom.
Okay, so hopefully you've found her.
By the way, the other way of getting to my room involves going straight through the door at the back of the kitchen (that you walked by on the main floor) to the outside, walking down the stairs, and then going inside on the ground level entrance.
In any case, the yard looks like this:
The first thing you should do is let Natick outside to relieve herself. I usually don't give her her toys until she does that. Once she goes pee, please give her a treat (found in the playpen/office on the chair) and say good girl. You'll find bags to pick up poop with in the office/playpen (there's a dispenser/holder on the wall). If she poops, please pick it up using a bag and put it in the trash can in the backyard under the stairs (it's a white trashcan).
After that, you can just play with her out there! She's NOT allowed to go on walks out in the real city yet so she should just play in the yard for now. She has toys and things in her crate and playpen for you to use (she loves all her toys), and treats on the high rise chair in the playpen. Please be aware that she loves to run around in the bushes. That's fine, just keep an eye on her because sometimes she can find a piece of brick or an old nail out there. The yard is fenced in, though, which is very helpful. You may have to carry her inside as she won't want to come back in.
If she's supposed to be fed, I'll let you know and I'll leave the food out for you to add to her bowl.
If she can play outside the whole time, that's great, but if she doesn't (or you are simply too cold!), playing with her in the office and/or bedroom is fine.
When she is going back, please put her in the crate, even if earlier she was in the playpen. When getting her in the crate, try to use the command "crate time!" and she may respond to it. If you throw one of her toys in the crate she will usually follow, at which point you can say "crate time!" and give her a treat. Please always give her a treat when she's in the crate, and never force her into the crate.
Please lock the front doors when you leave and put the keys back in the lockbox. Thanks!
Let me know if you have any questions - 508-944-0151. Feel free to text/send pics/etc.