It’s been a long road, but we are finally repairing a damaged relationship between dogs at our house. Bailie and I have been working slow and steady towards being reunited. My personality change caused a lot of problems, not only between us dogs, but for me in general. Slowly I’ve been returning to my old self, and now we feel I am ready to get back to life as it was.
It’s been a long road with my hormones, but thankfully I’m doing much better. Bailie and I have been separated since the beginning of July. I was not nice to her, and we had a couple pretty nasty fights. Since that time we have not been hanging out together. When we were first separated, we didn’t even get to see each other because I would turn into an evil hound at the sight of Bailie. As my phantom pregnancy ended, my hormones started getting back to normal.
Mom hired a trainer to help us get back together safely. The first step was to have short meet and greets with a fence or kennel between us. We got lots of treats for looking at each other and being nice. Eventually, we could see each other behind gates and behave ourselves too. Sometimes Olivia and I go hang out by Bailie’s room when it is her turn to be behind the gate.
About a week after I was spayed, Mom was gone for an hour with Olivia. When she came home, Bailie and I greeted her together at the door. Mom almost passed out, since she had left Bailie gated. Bailie pulled the gate into the room and busted herself out. Still, it was too soon to be together, and our trainer also said we need to proceed slowly. Even though we were together for an amount of time less than an hour, it was good to know nothing happened and we seemed happy.
Our trainer was back last week, and we were allowed to be together in the yard. We are both wear harnesses and leashes just in case something goes wrong, but it is a start. That day we spent about half an hour together. I’m ready to return to the good old times, but Bailie has some fear of me. She is very sensitive and is not sure she can trust me. Thankfully, I read dogs really well, and while I do go up to her and sniff, or lick her ears, I can tell when she is a bit scared and I back off. This photo was taken that day with Mom petting us both for being so nice to each other.
For now, Olivia is left out of the equation. It is all about Bailie and I repairing the damage that was done while I claimed temporary insanity. Yesterday we spent fifteen minutes outside together with only Mom. Our leashes and harnesses were on just in case. I ran up and greeted Bailie, but then backed off. We did our perimeter walk together, and then sat down.
Mom lets us handle it all, she is just there to pass out treats for good behavior, and to help if we should not get along. We’ll be doing these short meetings for a while to make sure everything is alright. Hopefully one of these days Bailie will want to play chase with me, but for now, she is not ready. This is a marathon, not a sprint, but it is going really well. Repairing a damaged relationship between dogs requires loads of patience and time.
All on our own, we ended up close to Mom, and both of us decided to lie down. My mom is so happy, but she is still quite nervous. She knows how close we were before this all happened, and she feels we will get back there. We really hope so too, but I have to prove myself to Bailie first.
We are happy, so we’re joining Comedy Plus for Happy Tuesday!