Tuesday, December 16, 2014
The Equilibrium is Re-established
Max's initial introduction to the household resulted in a frenzy of barking little Shelties and a quick exit on the part of the cats. Surprisingly he was quickly accepted by the Shelties and sometimes even tries to play with them. We knew he "tolerated" cats so we assumed he would leave the cats alone but we found out quite quickly that his curiosity was aroused when they would come near. He will often follow Sadie whenever she walks by - she is not as co-ordinated as the other cats so often is down on ground level instead of jumping from chair to table to bookcase.Spike and Angel are quite comfortable around the other dogs so after their initial apprehension about the "giant" in their midst, they decided he was harmless. At worst, they would occasionally feel a wet nose being pushed into their fur but more often Max would simply watch them as they moved around the house.
Molly, on the other hand, is constantly trying to chase the cats if they are on the floor or poke at them with her paw if they are within reach on a table or chair. In the photo above, Molly is trying to get Angel's attention and is being watched intently by Max. Spike is just behind Angel and is giving a quick tail flick to show he is nto impressed with the tableau unfolding in front of him.
No harm, no foul...the cats are faster than the dogs and when they get fed up they simply run away and jump up to a higher spot that is not dog accessible. Sebastian has no interest in any of the dogs and stays well out of reach, always keeping vigilant in case he needs to hiss at an interloper.
So after 2 months the equilibirum has been re-established. The daily routines have been adjusted to include Max and all animals have either accpeted each other or have an unspoken agreement not to get too close. Max has found a place where he can plop down that big body of his and the other dogs have shifted a little to accommodate him. Since he cannot easily get up the stairs to the second floor, he stays on the main floor at night to sleep. This makes Sophie happy since we now let her stay downstairs with him (she prefers to sleep on the couch in the living room but we rarely have let her stay downstairs by herself. Of course, the cats have free roam and go wherever they like anyway!