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July 24, 2011

Lest you think we’ve forgotten about Finn, the Fluffy One:He’s doing pretty well (as you can see). Poor kittycat was really traumatized while he was a stray (and probably at the shelter, too) and it’s taking him awhile to acclimate. He does really well in “his room” (the art room). We’ve got him two perches, a comfy bed, his own food and water and litter box. The door is gated off to keep unwanted intruders out. He’s got a window seat and we check in on him multiple times a day, play with him, and brush him. He’s very happy to see us in there, and he seems content when we’re not.

However, he’s having trouble with the rest of the house. He’s really unsure about it. We let him out yesterday for a stroll before I left to go to pick up Chelsea, and he somehow convinced himself that the table was harboring sinister forces (even though Thomas was shut in the bedroom). He sat and growled at the table pedestal for quite awhile, until we managed to coax him away, whereupon he shot back to his room. Thomas is very interested in him, but he is very afraid of Thomas (who doesn’t help things by staring intently, and then chasing him whenever they happen to be in the same room together, which isn’t often). So we go back to square one, having Finn observe the happenings from the safety of his room, where he is content and happy.

I feel bad — we want him out in the house with us, but I know we’re doing the right thing by taking it slow — he is just very fearful of Thomas, and Thomas likes to play-chase. And then Finn hisses and growls and then it isn’t really play anymore.

Chelsea the dog is adapting very well. Last night was pretty good. We kept her in the bedroom with us and she settled down pretty fast, and slept through the night, just waking me up at 5 with a gentle paw, to be let out for a potty break. I thought that was pretty good. Her newcomer-anxiety is decreasing by the hour. She’s currently sacked out on the floor in the living room with us, snoring peacefully. We have her on a leash constantly until she remembers that kitties are off-limits. She’s doing pretty well with that — she lived with cats before, so I think as her nerves calm down, she’ll remember her manners. She’s already doing better (last night she was way too interested in Thomas, who again doesn’t help matters by teasing her and sidling up close and then running away). So I think she’s going to be just fine. We love having her here.

Thomas of course is fine. His feelings were miffed at us having the dog in the house, but he is pretty resilient and now he’s on a chair in the living room and Chelsea is on the floor in front of him. So these two are going to be fine, I think.

I do worry about Finn — he’s such a sweet boy but he’s definitely needing extra time to get used to everything. He can have as long as he needs — the house is set up pretty well for animal-wrangling. He seems pretty happy in his room (I put a birdfeeder in the bush near his window so I think that will help too) and once we get Chelsea all settled, we’ll continue with his introductions and with any luck, in a few months, everyone will be peaceful (or at least tolerate one another).

So far, so good. Chelsea is a great, mellow dog. Not too interested in anything except food and love. We’re going to take her to our favorite park tonight and will take some photos. It’s pretty great having the right dog for us.


16 Comments leave one →
  1. July 25, 2011 1:47 am

    Aww. Chelsea is beyond adorable, and I’m so glad things are working out well for you all. Fingers crossed that Finn and Thomas end up befriending each other.

    • July 25, 2011 10:22 am

      Fingers double-crossed! Maybe Chelsea will upset the system enough that they’ll band together against the dog?

  2. July 26, 2011 9:36 am

    Finn looks quite relaxed hanging out in “his” room. Dickens likes to sleep like that and thankfully he also likes his belly rubbed because I just can’t help myself when I catch sprawled like that. Glad to hear Chelsea is settling in well!

    • daphne permalink
      July 26, 2011 2:24 pm

      He is happy there! Although he’s starting to “ask” to be let out more, and we just discovered last night that he doesn’t seem to care about Chelsea at all, so hopefully things will go smoothly now (as long as Thomas the Naughty behaves, bad boy). i am hoping that fairly soon everyone will be out together most of the time.

  3. July 26, 2011 6:14 pm

    im glad things are going well.

    i really want to give finn raspberries on his fluffy belly.

    • July 27, 2011 7:44 am

      You and Terri both. She is trying SO hard not to but it’s pretty irresistible!

  4. July 27, 2011 3:14 am

    Your Chelsea is a beautiful dog. Goldens are a wonderful breed. May you all have many happy years together.

    • July 27, 2011 7:45 am

      Thank you — we hope so! We love her so much already.

  5. July 29, 2011 9:43 am

    I’m so glad you found that perfect pup!!!!

    She is beautiful.

  6. July 29, 2011 5:21 pm

    She sounds perfect, and what a beauty! Have you noticed how the fur gets longer with each beastie you adopt? Watch out for angora bunnies…

    • Laura Barr permalink
      July 29, 2011 11:21 pm

      BEAUTIFUL DOG !! 🙂

      • Laura Barr permalink
        July 29, 2011 11:43 pm

        When I lived in Texas I had THE MOST BEAUTIFUL Siberian Husky…..
        Have you ever

  7. Laura Barr permalink
    July 30, 2011 12:16 am

    oops !!! Have you ever seen a pure white Siberian Husky ? Nikki was the most beautiful
    S.HUSKY !!!!!! Pure white, with these AMAZING blue eyes. I was so bummed that I could not bring her back . I live in an apartment, so that was out !!!!! I don’t even know what
    happened to her. Or our other dog, a Rottweiler……. 🙂 Sorry I am blathering on, but when I read your stuff on this site, we have so much in commom……Books, film, and music…… they are my passions !!!!!!!!

  8. Laura Barr permalink
    July 30, 2011 12:18 am

    OH DUH…… And animals of course!!!!! 🙂

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