Paco and Ginger, circa 2010 - panting like uh, dogs, after running around like crazy.
Well, my friend Cary has been telling me that we should introduce Paco to her dogs, Abi and Koda:
Abi and Koda, circa 2014 - panting like uh, dogs, after going for a run.
They are very calm, passive dogs, and she was convinced that Cujo...er, Paco, would be OK with them. We finally got them together for a meet-and-greet at the tennis courts near our running park (figured a neutral fenced-in area would be good for their first time together). Paco was a complete jerk, as I expected, and Cary's dogs were very nice in not fighting back while Paco did his snarly thing. Eventually we found a stray tennis ball (imagine that) and threw it for the dogs, so there was a lot of running and chasing and by the end of the visit, Paco was much calmer and less growly. We went home and he fell asleep for the night, which I expected - it takes a lot out of you to be a jerk! I thought it was pretty funny the next afternoon, though, when I sat down to knit and looked over to see him so tired that his nose was pushed up against the end table as he tried to not fall asleep:
I wonder if he woke up with a sore nose, like when you sleep on your arm funny?
A couple of days later, we brought Paco over to their house, and he did much better, right from the start. It's been so nice to see him somewhat getting along with other dogs - in fact, we left him with Cary while we went out to dinner and ran some errands. He was pretty funny when we returned - went to the front door like "OK, that was nice but let's roll" - but it's good to know that he has some more dog friends. After all, everyone needs friends, right?
Have a great weekend!