Saturday, June 20, 2009

We Got A Dog! Yippee!!!

Our First Day Together
Today we met a shepherd, Norwegian Elkhound mix dog named Gabby. This is the dog I discovered through Pet Finder and emailed Barb after Gerard said he thought he'd like this one. She is 5 years old. Here is the link where we found her: It turns out Gabby only had that name about a week so we can rename her. We just dropped the "G" and named her Abby.

Abby looks happy to be with Karen
In preparation for Gabby's visit, I moved the cat food up to a table and a desk. Spunky Doodle and Manny aren't thrilled about this, but I noticed food was eaten during the day while we were at work. In the evening when I saw them looking where it used to be, I moved it down for them temporarily. I also applied Frontline to them to protect them from the fleas, ticks and whatever else it protects from that may come in on the dog. Spunky was pretty easy, but Manny took awhile because he kept moving away from me and rolling over on his back. I finally got it applied while he was eating.

Abby feels very comfortable with Gerard.
Gerard was so excited he waited outside for the dog to arrive and almost immediately took it for a walk to the corner and back. We are all smiles as you can see, except for Spunky and Manny. Spunky Doodle was pretty brave and stood her ground when I brought the dog into the dining room on the leash and then went to hide behind the gold chair and later under the bed. Manny; however, didn't waste any time going into hiding but after awhile, both cats came out and acted normal, just not around the dog yet.

The cats discuss the new member a few days later in this video:


JD at I Do Things said...

Congratulations on your new addition! I don't think my cats would take too kindly to a dog, but you never know.

Hmmm. I'm better with cat names, but how about . . . Honey?

Mary said...

Congratulations! I'm sure Manny and Spunky Doodle will come around. It just takes time.

(angel) Grrreta and Fam said...

Gabby is adorable! We're so glad she got such a wonderful forever home.

Daisy said...

Congratulations! I read that Gabby is good with cats, so that should help. Also, I think it's a good sign that Manny and Spunky Doodle do not seem to upset and it's only been the first day.

Gabby seems real sweet, and I can see she has a cute smile.

Karen, author of "My Funny Dad, Harry" said...

JD: Thanks for the name suggestion. I don't know about my cats either, but I figure the only way to find out is to try it. Manny is the one I'm more concerned about.

Mary: I sure hope you're right!

Grreta: We have her on a trial basis for a week or two I am hoping this will work out and this will be her forever home.

Daisy: I am encouraged. When Spunky saw her she didn't hiss. Manny I don't think has seen her yet. He's such a chicken! I think it will work out though. This dog is just so calm and well behaved. We're going to let the cats have the whole second floor to themselves and just teach the dog not to go up there which shouldn't be a problem since it's not big on doing stairs anyway.

The Silver Age Sara said...

Karen and Gerard,
Congratulations on your new addition. You live in a great area for obedience classes and you and Gerard should really think about going to one. You'll learn lots of good tips, have a wonderful time and have a great resource to have all your questions answered.
If you need email help, I'm always around.
Have a wonderful time with your new beautiful girl!

BeadedTail said...

Congratulations on finding Gabby! She's adorable and I'm sure the cats will come around soon!

booahboo said...

Yippeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.. i hope you both will have lotta fun with your new doggie :) i see lotta big smiles from both of you :)

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