first things first. THANKS SO MUCH to everyone that responded to my thread. there's really not much i can do to train her to potty outside at the moment. this is manhattan, and there is dog pee and poo everywhere... it's just unavoidable. also, she is sick with diarreah, and her immune system is that much lower. i'm not sure i can take that chance at the moment.
luckily, she has no problem going in her crate, and in just two days she is already getting "go to your crate" (at least 85% of the time... blessing, i know). she's peeing in the crate, but i'm working on that. she is also going to the newspaper for pee about 95% of the time now... but is still working on poo in the newspaper. believe me, i'm dying to take her outside for potty!!!
i'm not at all following much dog whisperer advice. i've read a couple of books by pamela dennison, and mostly following ian dunbar's advice on the website. along with other positive training books, videos and strings on this and other sites. i've started her on the clicker - though i've figured out she's simply not ready due to her new surroundings, diarreah, and bonding/trust. so i'm gonna put it on hold until i can get her chewing, housesoiling and belly working right again. that's my plan... unless others can comment otherwise.
i'm handcuffed at the moment to newspaper, but i will click train her to go outside. i have plenty of time for that, and i think the transition might go smooth... hopefully. but it seems that following her around isn't such a bad thing at this age from all the comments you've all made. thanks so much again.