The last week has been a BIGGIE! (Music stuff, business stuff, etc.) Wednesday, the 12th of May, we adopted a 9 year old cat, Pandora. All black (except for one white whisker), long hair cat. She’s beautiful and very affectionate! Friday, the 14th of May, we adopted an 8 month old Basset puppy (birthday is Sept. 8, 2009). Cat’s name is Pandora, we’re keeping that name, she comes when called, too! But the dog’s name with his first family was Diesel and NOW his name is Milo. I am just not happy carrying forward with a hydro-carbon-byproduct name. Heh. Besides, Milo is the perfect dog name. Strong consonant, two syllable, strong vowel. Okay, the timing… we didn’t really get to pick the timing once the wheels were in motion. So, the cat was really not in a routine when the dog moved in!! We’ve just had a busy week, even without pets, and the poor cat did better cloistered off in the laundry room. I don’t really like closing up the laundry room, because it has 2 doors and is an alternative route to the studio from the bathroom! The house has lots of doors. When you have to change your route, well, it messes up the flow of chi (feng shui). Last night we had a breakthrough! At last, the cat was bold enough to face the dog. Now, she realizes that she has nothing to fear from the boy. He’s curious but polite. She’s never been around dogs before. Milo is learning that Pandora is pointy on 5 of her 6 ends (think Hobbes). I can leave the doors open! Pets are co-existing! Hooray! Pandora was never too scared to eat! She likes her new top entry litter box, no problems there. She is so sweet! She seems to like me singing Glenda, the good’s song, “Come Out, Come Out Wherever You Are” (same silly vibrato, too). Kelly is not so thrilled with my very true version from the movie. As long as the cat likes it, right? LOL Milo has been full of happy surprises. Well, only one bad incident, so far, with the chewing of 2 lamp cords, but we need to avoid being a bored puppy! The first happy surprise was his coloring is similar to Darcy, the dearly departed previous Basset. I know if Mother were able to see him, she’d complain that his ears & nose are not long enough. She was always proud of Dary’s “wing span”. He is sweet and happy, he wasn’t abused or neurotic, his last family just didn’t have enough time to spend on him. Comparing him to the old dog, he doesn’t do the annoying nose whistling/whining while riding in the car!! However, he does get a bit car sick. I think we’ll work through this, we all need to go in the car EVERY DAY! I have him with me almost all the time. Further old dog comparison, he can jump up! He can get on furniture, the bed in particular! The two legged family members need some trainng, too! He will do the crate okay but we are still going through who’s the boss when its time for short stays in the crate while he’s at home alone. Then, there’s bedtime; the first 4 nights he slept in the crate in our bedroom. But once I discovered his joy of being on the bed, we decided to see how he’d do sleeping with us. That went pretty well but the first night but at some point when he wanted out, we didn’t hear him and he had an accident in the studio near the back door. The solution was to keep the bedroom door closed at night. No problems since we made that move. He loves the backyard and will stay out quite a while. Of course, he loves going out on the leash. Compared to the old girl, he’ll really pull to chase squirrels. As far as I know, he hasn’t spotted the brazen bunnies, yet. He also does better than Darcy about meeting other dog families with leashes on the walks around the Wesley College sports compound. He can socialize, Darcy would just go berzerk and scare everyone away. He is the most handsome dog. He likes wearing the bandana collection (although, I’ll take back the girlie ones- this reminds me of my beautiful baby boy that people always thought he was a girl, so I had lots of blue, denim & sports outfits, etc.) So, there you are, that was our new pets’ week. More on the pet adventures to come!
More photos to follow.