November 8, 2009

Blending families, doggie style

K is out this afternoon, and I am at his house challenging myself intellectually as I grapple with the mysteries of the universe. OK truthfully I am watching Ellen DeGeneres guest on Oprah; world peace can wait.

I am here with our blended family, his Beagle Quinn and of course the world's cutest Havanese, Alfred. The ongoing process of merging our families aka our "kids" has been an interesting one, the easiest part of which was between the dogs themselves.

The pooches got along instantly, with the pecking order quickly established; at age ten, Quinn is bigger and older than 2-year-old Alfie, and is the alpha, with Alfie still being totally his perky self. They were quickly affectionate with each other and now when one isn't around the other seeks him out. Alfie has even picked up some Quinn-ism's: the loud yawn, the head down on the table, eating fast, expecting treats on the hour, and my personal favourite, fake peeing to stay outside longer.

My relationship with Quinn also fell into placed quickly: he is affectionate, he is playful, he is obsessively food-driven, I am allergic to him, I love dogs, he loves people, all is good.

Over time this has evolved, and recently I have noticed his affection has evolved. He sits with me, cuddles with me, sits beside me. Seems happy to see me and I am part of the household. I feel like more than the kibble dispenser, I feel like the relationship is there. There is a saying about shelter dogs that the family isn't sealed when you adopt the dog, it is a done deal when the affection is returned, when dog adopts you. That is what I see now with my stepdog Quinn, and I am loving it.

So, blended family - check! What's next? Why canine number three of course. Discussions about breed and timing are underway. We think next fall after we're in the new house. Maybe a standard schnauzer?

7 comments:

Kevin said...

Very sweet words.

Annie (Lady M) x said...

Yes, sweet words indeed, but just look at the death stare on Quinn's face. EEEK! He is definitely thinking; "I don't do sweet, I do hard."

Brahm said...

Actually he is thinking "I hate the damn camera, put it down and FEED ME!"

Annie (Lady M) x said...

Awwww.... you been starving the poor mutt, no wonder he is giving the camera filth stares!!

marymac said...

I would like to congratulate you for starting your blog with the letter A. Why? Because my blogroll is alphabetical, and I have just added you to it, which means, due to your awesomeness, two things:
1.) You are first now- WOW!
and thus
2.) I put you above (I am genuflecting) THE BLOGGESS who is my most almighty favoritest blogger ever in the history of the universe.
Do not go read her, because then you will think I suck. But do go visit my page again so you can see yourself at Numero Uno.

Brahm said...

Well Well Well - that preschool alphabet learning has finally paid off! Niiiice! So I am excited to be #1 on your list. This must be why those companies call themselves Ace Plumbing or Aardvark cleaning. That's it - the next dog has to be named Aardvark!!
And I will check out your blog as I often do! And this Bloggess who I do not yet know... merci!

Clare and Gary said...

It's like Quinn is saying ..'ok, so we are friends, but come on do I need to share the camera lens with him?'. Alfred is of course in his element, posing for the camera...gorgeous as ever ;-)

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