The next meeting was in my driveway, which again yielded horrible results. Gin is a high energy mostly white with black ticking Border Collie/Shepherd(?) mix rescue dog who gets nervous around bigger dogs. He's about 47 pounds, versus Bud's ~76 pounds. Bud still remember a time when a young white dog scared him and ever since hasn't liked white dogs. So, we expected some difficulty between the two knowing that they each fit the other's trigger!
Bud is very easy going with some dogs. Dogs have stolen toys from the house and laid on his bed, taken his food etc. Gin often goes into a submissive role and has been used to help socialize other rescue dogs. He's great with smaller dogs, but is fearful of dogs larger than him and especially larger dogs with darker fur/hair.
Last week we finally got it right. We had them meet at the beach just by my house. Bud was busy digging and Gin was busy chasing balls. Ho
We are grateful to have our boys get along. Thanksgiving was spent with Michelle, her boyfriend Ryan and our dogs playing and being lazy together. Their relationship still needs work, but they're clearly warming up to each other and feeling less threatened and more safe. Getting them to truly get along will still be a process. Our next hurdle will be having them side by side together peacefully in the car! Until then, enjoy these pictures from Thanksgiving of our boy's relationship progression:
The Boys at the Harbor:
Me giving and getting loving kisses from Gin:
Gin sneaking into Bud's crate (he's crate trained and feels safest in crates):
And finally...the boys parallel playing: