First of all, sorry for the lack of posts last week – on top of dog sitting, I had a few job interviews (fingers crossed!) as well as quite a lot to do to fix up our new place. But yes, back to the dogsitting:
Our new friends out here in the Pacific Northwest flew to Arizona for the week and kindly asked us to watch their pooch, Motley. Of course I said yes! I am itching for a second dog, so I thought it’d be a nice little practice round for Rufus.
Well, Motley isn’t exactly…a dog. Sure she looks like a dog and barks like a dog, but her personality is almost cat-like. If Rufus is low-maintenance, then this dog is basically no-maintenance. She sleeps a lot, doesn’t enjoy playing or toys, and I’m pretty sure she was absolutely sick of all the walking we do as a family at the end of the week.
A week and a half before she came to stay with us, we had the dogs meet at the park near our place. Rufus was immediately smitten. He wanted to play with her so badly, and she just kept growling and nipping at him, so he gave up. The same thing happened several times last week – Rufus would play bow and get all spunky, and she’d give him a little nip to shut him up. I felt kinda bad for him, but I was so glad that he could coexist with her despite the fact that she obviously didn’t like him. For the most part, they kept to themselves and took turns getting love from Alex and me. However, walking them together by myself was SUPER easy.
In fact! I will even go a step further: Rufus was coexisting with her 10x better in the first night than he ever did with Teeny. Crazy, right? I am guessing this mostly has to do with the fact that Motley had no interest in invading his space during inappropriate times (feeding, sleeping, etc) and that she was generally more mellow.
Even though Motley and Rufus will never be best friends, it made me very hopeful about finding that second forever dog. I know it’s going to be nothing short of “The Dating Game” thanks to his picky nature, but it’s pretty awesome that he’s open to the idea of sharing his home with another furry friend.