It’s been just over a week since we brought Cindy home and we’ve had lots of ups and downs. It’s been a lot of work handling two dogs (duh!), especially when one needs various different medications, special feedings (still floor-only!) and is just a wee bit slower then Lucy. 🙂
I’ll update on Cindy’s health status soon (let’s just say it’s going to take a few months to get this girl fully healthy). But for now, here’s the current state of affairs between Lucy and Cindy:
Of course, this is only the case 50% percent of the time. The other half of the time they’re together Cindy is trying to relax on the pillow and Lucy is busy sniffing her butt. Her ears. Her paws. Anything. Normally this would be great except for the fact that on three separate occasions Cindy has growled and lunged at Lucy. Took five years off my life each time. Cindy never bit her – I really just think it was her Mommy-dog way of saying “leave me alone.” Regardless, I am incredibly tense and stressed when the two of them are both on the floor together.
So, we’re cautiously extending Cindy’s time outside the cage. It goes much more smoothly if Lucy is relatively tired and isn’t too high-energy for Cindy. But, I also want Cindy to learn patience – Lucy isn’t one of her puppies looking for food 🙂
It’s too early to say but I’m not ruling out the possibility that Cindy will want a forever home where she’s the only dog in the house. We’ll cross that bridge when we get to it, though. For now they’ve eached marked “their” territories and as long as the co-mingling is limited for the time being, we’ll remain one happy home.