Buddy has a talent to sleep just about anywhere and loves the dirt in sun!
It’s the wee hours of the morning, 3 a.m. at this moment, and my sleep has been smacked awake, making this the perfect time to catch up on overdue blog time.
Buddy is asleep on top of a stack of pillows on a small couch in the bedroom. Not a care in the world. Kodi is stretched out on his side on the floor. Neither stirred when I got up to come into the family room. Hopefully I will be able to slip back in without the “dog alarms” being activated.
Back to Buddy’s travels:
Buddy returned to Florida full-time in January 2016. He had been here before but even our little Jack Russell knew this time was different – this time it was his home.
Traveling cross-country which included stopping in Texas to see our eldest’s family and one more stop in Daphne, Alabama before our home on the East Coast of Florida, the dogs tolerated each other.
Well, Buddy tolerated Kodi sitting on him in the back seat!
When we got home it dawned on Kodi that we weren’t just giving this other male dog a lift. He had joined Kodi’s “herd” except Buddy isn’t all that fond of being herded. Adjustments had to be made.
In the beginning there were scuffles and we didn’t feel comfortable leaving them out when we weren’t home so the crates were set up in the family room.
It soon became evident that when we are not at home they worked things out. The scuffles and “fights” were only when we were there. Little by little we left them out for longer and longer periods of time. Now we really don’t think about it – everyone seems to have come to terms with the new arrangement.
The only time we have to be on alert is when food is involved. Both are adept at catching treats in the air and Buddy swoops in to scoop up any ice-cube that drops from the refrigerator.
Kodi used to be our “ice shark” and had lost interest, but now that Buddy wants the ice – the interest has rekindled.
The only time we have any issues is if we mess up and a treat bounces away. Then there’s a minor “free for all” as the dogs both try to claim it.
For the most part Kodi has been pretty understanding and I think having a younger dog around keeps him active.
Buddy has blossomed. He has grown out of just falling over on his side when we have him out walking. No longer do people have to ask, “Did your dog just faint?”
Storms still make his bones shake and once in a while I still get this incredibly “sad” look for no reason. It makes me wonder what thoughts go through his mind.
He may be smaller but I have no doubt that when he sees his reflectionhe sees himself as a much larger dog, and hopefully he sees himself as a permanent member of this family.