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Night #1

Yesterday evening we tailored the kennel to fit Linus' needs. I think it was just too spacious for him (it'll fit him when he's grown up too) so I took some of the cushions I salvaged from our old couch and then cut down to floor-pillow size and set them vertically against the back wall so that the livable area is half as big as it was. He liked it much better then, and we had far fewer complaints when we stuck him in there.

We took him out around 10pm, and while Cory was with him I took the kennel upstairs and got it ready for bed. Cory tired him out really well, and he snored while we finished watching Fringe on hulu.com and for a little while afterward.

And then he started whimpering and flopping around in his crate, like he'd woken up and noticed nobody was around, which freaked him out. He did that a few times, and then I like to think his whining was a little more urgent, at around 1:30, and I took him out to pee (which he did right away, good boy).

I took him out again around 2:30, and then the next time he sounded like he needed to go out (after 3) Cory was awake so I asked him if he'd take over. He ended up lying next to the kennel with a pillow and blanket for awhile to keep Linus company, and then at 6:30 when my alarm went off they got up for the day.

Trout is still not on board but she's a little better. She slept on me for awhile in the night and has started to hiss at him when he gets too close. But she'll get used to him.

Overall, I think he's a very good boy and he's going to learn his commands in no time. He's not overly chewy or rowdy or jumpy, and even though he's had a few accidents I think he'll learn quickly that outside is where we go potty. (Well, we don't, but he will.)

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ruralrob
May. 2nd, 2009 06:36 pm (UTC)
This all sounds good stuff.
baatastic
May. 3rd, 2009 02:18 pm (UTC)
After about 6 months of our puppy (lab/collie mix) Jack... One of the cats(the boy) SOMETIMES barely tolerates him. He lets Jack snif at him occasionally, and he's the most comfortable about being in the same room as Jack. The other still hates him and hisses at him all the time. She's just starting to become okay with Jack in the room but still completely unimpressed. Also, the next door neighbor's dog completely ignores him as he was too excited the first few times she met Jack.

In short, we love Jack... but he doesn't have any animal buddies.

Good luck getting Trout and Linus to be buds. :)
rivulet
May. 3rd, 2009 02:33 pm (UTC)
Trout and Remmy were pretty close; I think that's one of the reasons we got Linus. I'm sure she'll warm up to him, but right now he's an unpredictable little guy and has upset her quiet routine. She did bat him yesterday, and she's hissed at him quite a bit, but I see a light at the end of the tunnel.

So how the heck are you? What's new?
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