Next weekend, we will be getting our puppy….and one of her brothers. Yes, two puppies. Yes, we are crazy.
This week we are having a test run. See, a few months ago, we were asked if we would be able to dogsit for a few weeks while a friend of Hubby’s boyfriend was going through a big deal medical procedure in NYC (they are from Chicago). This was way before we knew about the puppies so we readily said yes…figuring it would be good practice for when we did decide to get a dog of our own.
Finally last week, the friend was scheduled for the surgery and they made plans to fly to the East Coast and although we knew we’d be getting our own puppies soon, we couldn’t exactly go back on our word so early this morning (oh okay, 8am) we got out of bed and drove the two hours to where our friends’ were staying.
The Beagle took to us quickly. In fact, he gave me a kiss even before I walked in the door. So that was a good sign. It was also a good sign that he was an angel while we walked him, then took him for a two hour car ride. Then we came into the house and he met the cats…who went into high alert and then hi tailed it under the bed to hide. I took The Beagle for a walk so the cats could calm down a bit and get used to the idea but when we came back the cats were still not having it and The Beagle decided to chase them around a bit. Which did not go over well. So unfortunately they have been relegated to their cat room for the time being.
Other than terrorizing the cats, The Beagle has continued to be a complete angel. He only barked a few times (at the cats) but that’s it. Even on our walks when their was other dogs barking at us, he didn’t bark back or anything. He was more interested in sniffing and lifting his leg.
Hopefully the puppies and the cats will get along better. Fortunately The Beagle is used to being around lots of other dogs so I’m not too concerned. I just hope that the cats learn to adjust to the puppies…which, considering their small size, will make things a little better I think.
Anyone have any suggestions to us how to make this transition a little easier on our cats? They are still fairly young, not quite two years old…but until today, they have not been in any contact with dogs.