I knew it would be an interesting couple of days. The first time Yves visited the cats didn't know what to make of her. Since then she's been here many times. Jackson and Pepper no longer run and hide when she's here, but their relationship is chilly. Now they'd have to co-exist with the dog for a long period of time.
There were a couple of issues we had to navigate. The first was Yves's food. At home she has a bowl of dog kibbles readily available to her and she nibbles throughout the day. On their first visit Nicole tried setting the bowl out in their bedroom. Later that day we caught Jackson eating from the bowl, so letting Yves eat at will was not an option. The solution--close the bedroom door when she's out with us. Yves gets to visit the room on a regular basis, and we shut her in until she's finished eating. She didn't seem to mind at all.
|Resting on Brian's clothes|
A third issue was bathrooming. We don't have a fenced yard, so each time Yves went outside she had to be on a leash. It was easier to take her out the front door then navigate the flight of stairs from the deck to the back yard. She had a great time walking around, sniffing at the tree, the utility box, and random patches of grass until she picked just the right spot to take care of her business. By the second day I was remembering to bring a newspaper sleeve outside with me to pick up her messes.
Five years ago today: New Thing #329--Beautify