I had a couple of plans when we brought Haddie home on Wednesday. The main plan focused on our family pet; a six year old Beagle named Cora. She came to us at the age of two after retirement as a Champion Show dog and after her first litter of puppies. She is a dream dog to our family; we are very grateful for our connection.
The two dogs were absent of each other for the first three full days. When Haddie was out, Cora was in her kennel in another area of the house. And vice versa. They smelled each other's belongings, but were not allowed to share each other's toy or bed. Cora did amazingly well, including putting up with any of Haddie's noisy fuss when Haddie transitioned to her kennel. Her barks were heard throughout the house, regardless of the fact that she could not be seen, Cora did not care. She did not copy, and she did not scratch the door where the noise was coming from. She ignored.
The meeting was last night. The breaking point was that we had had a family party to celebrate my soon-to-be birthday girl; and the dogs had had enough rotation during the day, it was hot, the party was over, the dogs needed energy released ... and well, we were just ready!!