I've had this post scheduled for a few days now. I was going to scrap it in favor of a post about the snow storm, but the snow will be around for so long that I think it's OK if I wait to post about it.
We've had some visitors, lately, and Marge did well with all of them.
Last week, my good friend B stopped by for a quick visit. Despite an initial grumbly display by Marge, heard from behind the basement door that confined her, she settled down quickly and accepted lots of pats and praise. B interacts with her in a way that doesn't scare her, which makes his visits enjoyable for all of us.
On Christmas Eve Eve (yes, that's intentional), my mom's good friend stopped by to deliver some homemade quiche to her. Marge was initially sent outside since she reacts so strongly when someone goes through the door, but when she came back in, she did a quick sniff of the friend (with hackles raised), then did a whole-body shake and acted completely normal. She even showed off her up-and-coming trick, a directed "fetch" that I hope to put to good use to obtain her APDT Rally Level 3 title.
That same evening, Marge's wee friend, Nappy the Chihuahua, stopped by outside our house with his owner to deliver Marge a gift. It was adorable - Nappy had a big stocking attached to his leash and dragged the presents over to Marge, like a tiny Santa Claus. Marge was totally unfazed by his arrival and interacted with his momma, too. Over all, she wanted to go inside, since it was so COLD, but it was nice for her to respond so favorably to their presence.
Lastly, in the wake of the giant snowstorm we've just experienced, our elderly neighbor stopped in to pay me and my sister for shoveling out her front door. Again, Marge was in the basement while Lily came through the door, and then came upstairs with me. She was more than happy to accept the treats and pats that came from her.
I'm still wrestling with how to tackle the door issue. If I'm there and someone comes in, she tends to rush the door growling (which is just a display because then she starts sniffing, but I can understand why some people wouldn't like it). If I'm NOT there, she tends to stand back, growl once or twice, and not really approach the person (this situation seldom comes up, though). Right now, I usually send her outside or down the basement to allow the person to come in and then invite Marge back up slightly thereafter. Sometimes, I let her stay in the kitchen and feed her treats while the person comes in the door, but she tends to get more freaked in that scenario than when I simply send her out.
Despite her imperfections, I think all of this is proof of the success she's made in dealing with people. She's far from perfect, but also far from where she started!