Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Welcome Gladys

My sister has been a foster for the rescue that brought her dog Maddux to her for years. Recently, she became a foster failure when she officially added Gladys to her family. Gladys' adoption came shortly before the dogs and I had planned to visit my sister to see Reba McEntire. While I was super excited to meet my first niece, I was also nervous about how the dogs Barley would react to having a new cousin.


Thankfully, my sister is super understanding about my crazy girl and was willing to go along with whatever crazy plans I had for introducing them. When we arrived at her house, I sent Rye out in the backyard with Gladys and my sister. Rye loves other dogs, but she doesn't do well with seeing them when she's on-leash--even if there's not an official greeting. While Rye and Gladys romped around, Barley and I unloaded the car and set up her crate. 


Sometimes Rye decided to back Barley up if Barley is upset about another dog, so I didn't want to overwhelm Gladys with both dogs right away, so when the playful pups were tired, we brought them in and put both of them in crates. 

Since Barley had done well with meeting Rye while Rye was in a crate, I thought that would be a good approach with Gladys, too. Barley hardly even noticed that Gladys was there! She ran to the basket of toys, found my nephew's treat ball, and started to play. Then we took Barley and Gladys on a walk together so they'd have some time to move near each other, too. They walked beautifully together. When we were just relaxing, Barley was not happy if Gladys approached her and she'd growl and bark at her as soon as she got a few feet away. Then Rye would start barking, too. Luckily, everyone in the house was good about reminding Gladys not to get too close and I kept Barley on leash any time all of the dogs were in the same room. By the end of our visit, Barley would nap on the chair while Gladys played with her toys a few feet away. 


Even though they weren't best friends by the time we left, I was so pleased with how well they did. It took weeks before Barley would relax near Rye while she was in a crate--and that was with multiple daily "please love your new sister" training sessions. The fact that Barley would take a nap while Gladys moved around was amazing to me.

Rye loved having a new playmate. At first, Gladys wasn't quite sure what to think of Rye bouncing around the yard, but they found their groove pretty quickly.




Play mostly came in quick bursts because it was in the high 90s and humid every single day we were there, so there was a lot of darting under the big tree or resting in the shade to cool off. 



When all three dogs were around each other, Rye still mostly chose to stay near Barley, but Rye thinks Gladys is the perfect addition to our family! And I couldn't agree more--I'm so excited to have a niece and I can't wait to spoil her rotten!

12 comments:

  1. That's great there is a new pup in the family and they seem to get along well together. Not everyone can be best friends, but if Rye and her get along great, that is nice.

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    1. As long as nobody gets eaten, we're good with not being best friends :) Rye just loves other dogs, though, so she's always happy when she has someone new to play with.

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  2. What a great addition to the family. Gladys is such a cute looking pup and looks extremely friendly and playful. I am sure all the pups will get along just find this summer. Thanks for the share.
    World of Animals

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    1. She is a cutie pie! We're happy to have her in the family :)

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  3. What beautiful play between Rye and Gladys! Nice play breaks and re-engagement as they were figuring each other out. Glad Barley coped well with the situation, and good for you and your sister for the pre-planning and management!

    Cheers,
    Chris from Boise

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    1. Probably Rye's best feature is how respectful she is of other dogs. I don't know if she learned that from all of the training we did introducing her to Barley or if it's something she's just always known, but she reads other dogs very well!

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  4. Yay! I love this! It went much better than any of us were anticipating I think haha :) Gladys misses Rye and can't wait to play again!

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    1. Rye can't wait to go hunting with her cousin again!

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  5. You did a great job of introducing them. The good news is that Rye and Gladys get along, which leaves you free to manage Barley, and hopefully she will get as comfortable with her, as she is with Rye.

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    1. My sister lives about 6 hours away, so I don't know if Barley and Gladys will ever spend enough time together for Barley to be comfortable with her, but now we know we can all survive for a long weekend with some careful management.

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  6. Congratulations to your sister on her new family member! I'm glad the cousins are getting along fairly well, or at least well enough, so far. I miss the days when my sisters both had dogs and we would have play dates and fun with ours and theirs.
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

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    1. Thank you! Gladys is such a good addition to the family, so I'm relieved that everyone at least tolerated each other :)

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