I probably should have expected that as Tipper got more comfortable with me, she'd also get more attached. The first week I could leave her crated for a couple of hours and come home to a calm dog and intact crate. Not Wednesday morning. I needed to go to base before the day care opened, so I left her crated for the hour that I needed to be away to run my physical fitness test. I came back by 8 to find this. That package of puppy pads had been in the same spot between the crate and the wall the entire time but this time she managed to pull nearly the entire thing in with her and shred them.
She does have a kong (maybe I need a bigger one, because it was empty), and a hoof to chew on, so it wasn't that she was bored. So, we've shifted back a step and gone to walking around the house, putting shoes/jacket on, jingling keys and unlocking/opening the front door. The last two are sure to get an instant response, which isn't a huge surprise. Oddly, she's really good when I bring her to run errands - she was patient while I picked up my dry cleaning and ran into the grocery store.
We did get an adoption application for her today and I'm conflicted. I really think the sooner she gets into a forever home, the better, because she does get attached. the problem is that the guy who applied has never owned a dog before. It's one thing to check the box that says you're willing to work with a dog who has separation anxiety, but it's a totally different thing to deal with the real thing. The head of the foster group wants to place her in a house with another dog, but I don't think that's totally necessary as long as the person/people have lots of time and patience.