Yesterday I told you all about how I introduced Ushi to Ash, and that they seemed to get on.
Well dad braught her up today. She first of all sniffed around, then went out to the kitchen to drop her load. That was exactly what Ushi did yesterday too, so maybe they were marking their teratory? It’s a bit weird that they both decided to drop their loads as a greeting. I think Ushi was just holding on, though.
After about an hour, I braught Ushi down to see Ash again. Their tails were waggling away. They basically ignored each other. Lots of sniffing of bums has happened throughout the day by Ushi, but as one enters the room, the other one goes out of the room!
I would much rather have this though, as it’s far far far better than growling or anything like that. Maybe i’m just being crazy for thinking this? I do think that it will work though. There is absolutely no growling or anything like that at all. I think it is mainly the size difference that is making Ash so nervous. I’m not worried about them though, and if something was going to happen surely would it not have happened by now?
My brothers love her, and she seems settled. She is lying on her bed at the moment downstairs, and Ushi is up here chewing her nylabone. (Ash can’t get up the stairs, bless her).
So here’s to a successful mix with them, and hopefully it stays that way! Sorry for the post being so short, but I just thought i’d update you all on what the situation is with them.
I’m not sure if I should let the team know of guide dogs, but at the end of the day, as long as it’s not affecting Ushi workwise, then they shouldn’t be too worried and it can wait til the next aftercare later this month.
One more thing before I go-Ushi has a bed that’s like a big pillo thingie. The cover can be washed in the washing machine, but the bed is getting a bit wiffy. What can I use on the main bed part? I’d be scared of it falling apart if I put it in the wash. Even just something to spray on it to take away the wiff and kill any bacteria? It would have to be something pet friendly as she is quite a licker.
Well today I took Ushi down to meet my grannys dog.
I decided to work Ushi before taking her down to meet Ash. I thought it would tire her out. She hadn’t spent in the morning, so I let her go again before our walk. Yet again no spending, (I did it off lead this time). I thought i’d be there all day so decided to try and do the walk.
We just did the church route. I was thinking that it was a fabulous route, when we came across a dog across the road, so I stopped Ushi before she got distracted and waited until they were further on. There is this part near the church where you sort of drift round to the right, before picking up the straight line again. Of course Ushi decided to take me up near the estate again that she took me to in the snow. She has been doing that for the past couple of days. While trying to get her back on track, she does a big massive jump! I really corrected her for that. I then had to check to make sure it wasn’t a person, which thankfully it wasn’t. There must have been a bird she was after. The rest of the way home was uneventful.
We had a little rest for a bit until dad came up. Ushi still hadn’t spent, but I was going to give her an opportunity to do it on the journey as it’s quite a long walk down. So near to grannys I let her go, and she just peed.
When we got to grannys house, I didn’t mix the dogs like i’d planned. Ash was wondering round anyway, so I thought i’d see how they got on. I took off the halty and decided to take off the lead too. They had their introductory sniffs, before Ushi ran out to near where the kitchen was, and decided to drop her load. I was a bit annoyed as she had plenty of time to go, she was just holding on. I was really sorry and kept apologising. I sounded a bit angry towards Ushi, and granny was like “it’s alright, if the dog has to go, it has to go”. I explained that I didn’t like her doing it though. We let her outside to see if she needed to go again, but she just came wondering back in again.
Ash came over to us, wagging her tail madly. They then had a bound, and Ushi started chasing Ash. Ash wanted to go to bed, but she came out again shortly afterwards. Tails were still wagging, and there was no growling or anything from either dog. They did seem slightly nervous of each other, but they still came close, and sniffed each other. I think Ash was more nervous cause of the size of Ushi compared to Ash. Ash is a springer, so quite small compared to Ushi.
Whenever Ash went over to the other side of the room, ushi turned her head and was like “where has she gone?”.
So I think it was a successful mix. There was no growling, and Ushi wasn’t submitting herself to Ash or anything. So a much better result than when we introduced Ushi and Sally! So Ash is coming home tomorrow. I’m thinking of letting them have a wonder/play again tomorrow, and I might even have Ushi out the back just so there won’t be any accidents. I thinnk she spent cause it was all the excitement and that. It was solid though compared to when she did it in the shopping centre.
I may be doing all this wrong, but I think they will get on. Maybe i’m doing the introducing thing wrong, but they seem pritty comfy with each other. I’d say if something was going to happen, it would have happened within the first couple of minutes.
So my little brother will be happy!
In other news, my phone is being rather weird. It keeps saying “no mail box defined. Define now?” when I haven’t pressed anything. Plus when I go to text, it only says a letter, then it’s like it doesn’t register me pressing the keys. I’ve turned it off, taken the battery out, left it, but it’s still being weird. My menus work though lol. I might take it into vodafone if it continues.
All in all it was a good day!