Luna and Tikka
- Well, Mama, we don’t need that little shadow after all.
Luna has been our world for almost three years, the decision to add another weim did not come easy. You see I am not one who buys into “one weim amazing, two, three, four … the more the better!” Luna and I have a very unique relationship and I didn’t want that to change at ALL. We foster weims from time to time so she has lived with other dogs, but she does act a little different (many of our old games were put on hold until the foster left) and is usually glad to see them go. Her general response was to pretty much ignore the new dog.
Luna loves both of us, but if she had to make a choice between me and my husband she wouldn’t think twice about choosing me; my husband want’s that with his own weim. I started thinking about it a couple years back and said (more than once 🙂 “I’m not ready to share Luna” About a year ago I got serious about thinking about adding another, I told my husband that it would take a lot of work on his part and even with a lot of work there will be no guarantee that our new puppy would be “his dog” because of course Luna will be #1 in the puppy’s eyes and Luna will tell the puppy how amazing I am & I will be around the dogs the most; so the odds are already against New puppy deciding that Bill is her person,
“OK Shela, pup us on the list”
About a year later we are home with our new puppy Tikka. As exciting as it was to finally have our new puppy, my heart was very heavy “Have I made a mistake?”
The day we (Luna & I) picked Tikka up Luna totally ignored her (except if the puppy got too close she would have to run!), this is what I expected likely for a few weeks or more.
To my surprise (and delight 🙂 the second day Luna started taking an interest in Tikka! it’s only been five days and the girls are already doing very well, playing & cuddling. The adjustment for Luna was amazing, I think she sensed that this one wasn’t temporary, I’m not sure how but that’s what it seems like.
I’ll have to get back to you on whether or not we can influence who the puppy “prefers”. Bill is doing a good job spending as much time as he can & taking care of all her needs when he is here. It is common for Luna and me to go one way and Tikka & Bill to go another. I will follow up on that in a few months!
Tikka: She is doing great! Like all of the other reports, she is super smart, healthy & fitting in perfectly! She is very good about house training (only one accident, but we were not paying attention!), not afraid of anything (except Luna’s bark, must be serious if Luna is concerned!), we are working on a small remodel project and she’s not even scared of any of the power tools! Beautiful little girl!
Luna: She is doing better than I had hoped, still very connected with me & not pouting at all (I totally expected some pout!), she plays a little rough but I can see her already toning it down. One unexpected benefit that has happened is that I find Luna in my lap a little more! She’s not really a cuddle dog especially during the day, but if I sit down she’s right there and I kind of love that!