Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Kelly likes Ike

Yesterday I announced that we adopted a new dog, a 6 year old golden retriever we named Ike!

Our biggest concern is that our new dog would get along with Kelly. Kelly is a dominant female and a bit choosy about her friends. But she and Brooks got along, so we knew it was possible with another dog.

So...does Kelly like Ike?


The answer is ...yes! At least, so far, we think so.

Kelly and Ike are together in the house all day, under our supervision for now. I won't leave them alone together at all until I am sure that everything will be safe and secure. We learned a lot from our previous experiences. We don't leave toys on the floor. We feed them separately. There have been very few issues between them. One time Ike jumped on the couch, and Kelly gave him just one woof, and he jumped back down.

A few times Ike tried to get fresh with her and she grumbled a bit, and he backed off.  Kelly usually doesn't like another dog to have toys around her, but, as she did with Brooks, she doesn't mind that Ike has his tennis balls and we can throw them in the house or in the yard, and she doesn't react at all. It's been funny watching Ike try to play with her, she isn't quite sure what to make of that. But it hasn't escalated into anything negative.

 So we have every confidence that they will continue to get along just fine. The rescue group gives us a two week "trial period" so we have one more week before it is official. I wanted to wait until that time to share the good news with you, but I couldn't wait. We're just having so much fun, and happy to include Ike into our family!


  1. I'm so happy for you. Ike looks like a treasure and I'm sure he is so happy to find a home with you! Good luck.

  2. This is such great news! The two of them look great together. Perhaps Ike reminds Kelly of her best furiend, Brooks.

  3. Frankie and ErnieAugust 7, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    THIS is just FABULOUS news.

  4. As long as the first dog realizes she isn't being replaced, I have found that multi-dog households are very rewarding. You seem to be doing everything right to reassure Kelly that she is alpha. What is important is to listen to what the dogs are saying.

  5. I'm so happy to hear that it's going well! :)

  6. Awww that's so awesome! I enjoy those of you who have more than one furchild. :) So happy for you!

  7. Pamela | Something WaggingAugust 7, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    You have learned so much about helping Kelly be comfortable with a new addition. It sounds like it's really paying off.

    It's amazing how you have to look at every dog as an individual.

    When Honey reacted negatively to our foster dog, Titus, I worried that she was turning a corner and might not tolerate dogs so well in the house.

    But she gets along great with our current house mates. Dogs get so little choice in what happens to them. It's great that you've worked so hard to keep Kelly's needs in mind.

    BTW, Ike and Kelly look adorable together.

  8. Hooray! So glad to see they are getting along well. Sounds like you are setting them up for a great basis of a friendship. Hope they become good pals.

  9. remember the saying "We Like Ike?" they didn't create that for nothin!

  10. Two French BulldogsAugust 7, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    They both seem very happy
    Benny & Lily

  11. Wonderful to hear, best of luck. I think that if they've gotten along so far, it will only get better.


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