Meet Jake! Jake is a 5-year-old French Bulldog who is super adorable and funny as hell. It seems he may not have been to the vet very often in his previous life. He has Ehrlichiosis (tick born infection), so that is something I’ll be discussing with the vet at his wellness appointment this Saturday. Other than that, he makes ridiculously loud noises that shake the house. Jake has been his name for his whole life. I was hoping to not know his name so I could use one of the many names that comes to mind when I look at him, but I do know and when I call “Jake”, he comes running. His name, is Jake.
You will recall that Melvin and Jake met a few weeks back and that it went well enough for me to want to adopt Jake. The re-meet was not what I would call joyous, but it was fine. We are doing the separation approach for a few weeks, especially since I have to travel for work this week. So for now, Jake is in the mudroom during the day and in my room in a soft crate at night, while Melvin of course has full house access. Melvin is sure to alert Jake of his run of the house by passing by the mudroom several times a day to say ‘ha, ha’. The boys see each other through a baby gate and they have been doing fantastic with this set up. When Melvin does drive-bys. they both get an A+ for acknowledging but not reacting.
They have also successfully been on walks together so that is also a huge step in the right direction. During their first meeting a while back, walking together was something they did splendidly so while I could walk them both separately, I was hoping to have them reconnect on that activity and it seems to be working out for now.
Next week we will move to separation mode when I’m at work and tie down for Jake when I’m home. Baby. Steps. Indeed.
And here is big brother. He doesn’t understand what all the fuss is about. Everyone knows, big dogs are better and cuter AND allowed on the couch.