It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Crate Mates?

People have been asking us how the old dog is adjusting to the new dog. The first 48 – 72 hours were a bit growly and snarly and occasionally even snappy when Romeo was toooo persistent. Given that Indie outweighs Romeo by about 1200%, I was a tad nervous about this.

What does a new mommy (gramma?) do when she’s nervous about her baby? She consults experts on the Internet, of course!!!! (That’s why you’re all here, right? Mwah-ha.) Carol assured me that dogs in a low-stress situation don’t hurt each other. Big dog needed to be allowed to put little dog in his place, and the noise was just that, noise. (Thank you, thank you, thank you, Carol, for the peace of mind!)

There has been essentially no growling since those early couple of days. Well, there was that one time Romeo tried to take Indie’s brand-new bone away from her*, which got suddenly, loudly fierce… for about 2 seconds. (*Because Romeo is a puppy, and he’s kind of stupid that way…)

They have sorted things out, and Romeo pretty much knows and accepts his place in the order of things. His place…

which seems to be…

in Indie’s crate…

cuddled up next to her…

So when people ask how they’re getting along?

I think I can safely say they’re doing pretty well.


January 13, 2011 - Posted by | the dog | , , , , ,


  1. I love how the puppy is smaller than the dog’s toys. This is approximately the size differential between my dog (miniature poodle-schnauzer cross) and my brother’s dog (Great Dane). I’ll let you guess who’s dominant in that relationship. Yeah, it’s the little dog.

    Great Danes give me the impression of being pretty austere sorts, and a schnauzer-poodle would probably be the polar opposite — a lively, feisty little thing. Maybe the Great Dane’s too dignified… sort of like a Grand Duke refusing to street fight with a scrappy roughneck from the tough side of town?? 😀

    Comment by mamadragon | January 13, 2011 | Reply

    • Ha. Aren’t you generous in your opinion of my brother’s dog? Nope, dignity is not an option for the Dane. He just honestly thinks the little dog is “bigger” than he is. And the little dog agrees.

      Too funny. In fact, in our local dog park, there is a Westie who routinely terrorizes an Irish Wolfhound, so I have no trouble believing you!

      Comment by mamadragon | January 13, 2011 | Reply

  2. Adorable. My dog isn’t a cuddle sleeper. I was hoping to find him curled up with my cat some day (they like each other fine, after the initial snapping when I brought the kitten home) but he sleeps stubbornly apart…

    Indie’s not a cuddle sleeper, either, but she puts up with Romeo, who absolutely is, pretty graciously.

    Comment by IfByYes | January 13, 2011 | Reply

  3. AWWWW!

    Comment by QandleQueen | January 13, 2011 | Reply

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