Our latest guest arrived yesterday - Miia is with us for a couple of weeks whilst her hufamily enjoy some sun, sand and sangria.
Kiva and Mylo have met her a number of times before as she is a regular on our mass Lappy walks - we were all confident that the 3 dogs would all get along fine - apart from the manic 15 minutes when she arrived. This mad 1/4 of an hour has become the norm - the guest dog/s have a rough and tumble with Kiva and Mylo as they try and work out the heirarchy - bizarrely the results are pretty constant - Mylo is most definately top dog (well I like to let him thinks so) and the rest are equals. Miia is a very tactile dog - she just loves human company though the attraction of 2 other dogs with whom to play was obviously a pleasure for her.
Walking with her is a joy - she is not a puller at all and as a result our afternoon walk was a joy - made even more pleasurable by an invitation from one of our friends in the village to see her 9 Clumber Spaniel puppies - just 5 days old :-). Whilst I ooohed over the puppies Kiva, Mylo and Miia played in the garden with a couple of chocolate Labradums, a Dumber Spaniel and a cross Border/Lakeland Terrier - fun and games for all.
On our return it was time to get the dogs fed - our aim is to manage to get all of the dogs fed at the same time and in the same place - not always easy but a great way to establish some order.
one does have a tendency to scoot around the floor.
After eating Mylo and Miia enjoyed a post dinner bone.
The evening was relaxed, Miia alternating between sitting on the floor, on the sofa, in the kitchen or playing in the garden - the 3 dogs really do get on well.
Time came for us to put them down for the night - no problems there .... well for 30 minutes or so when Miia started to make herself heard, a subtle bark or 2 causing me to come back downstairs to check on them - Miia appeared to be annoyed that Kiva and Mylo wouldn't allow her to join them in the kennel. Settled down again it was back upstairs for me - well for 10 minutes or so before Miia started to howl - by howl I mean HOWLLLLLLL - mmm, what to do?
Perhaps she would be better upstairs with us - well that worked well as I was next awoken at 7.30am by Miia rolling over and falling off the bed - bless, a new day at Dogs to Stay has begun.