In the middle of September, we brought home a 9-week-old Cocker Spaniel puppy whom we named Katie Bell. She joins the family of animals that already included three cats and another Cocker Spaniel named Sadie Rose. Katie Bell has turned out to be a wonderful addition to the family and has provided the needed companionship for Sadie Rose.
Integration with Sadie Rose
One reason we wanted to add another dog was to be a companion for our other Cocker Spaniel, Sadie Rose, who turned two in August. When we brought Katie Bell home, Sadie Rose looked at us like we were crazy to bring this bundle of energy into the house. There have been a few snarling matches as they set boundaries but after seeing them play together, I know it will be a good match.
Integration with the cats
Our three cats – Nikki, Tails and Spooky – have finally adapted to getting Sadie Rose, who is no longer in the exuberant puppy phase. And then we add a hyper little fluff ball to the mix who likes to bark at the cats. Needless to say, they aren’t happy. Tails has never warmed up to Sadie and now avoids both dogs. Nikki’s reaction is to hiss at Katie and tolerate the attention of Sadie. Only Spooky seems fine with both, though I am sure she doesn’t like the barking ball of fur.
Katie Bell had never been outside before we brought her home. So the first week was a messy adventure. But the good thing is that she learned to use the pet door from the beginning. And with Sadie Rose to show her what to do, she was soon happily going outside. Only this past week of rain has caused her a bit of a regression as she seems to now want to get her paws wet.
Puppy Obedience School
Two weeks ago, Katie began a six-week puppy obedience class at Petsmart. We have only had two classes, but she seems to be doing okay. She is just so bouncy and excitable that it sometimes is hard to keep her attention. But I know from taking Sadie Rose the class will be worth it.
Coming up in November, Katie Bell will be four months old and ready for spaying. It isn’t even a conversation here at the house. We get all of our animals spayed.
Overall, I think Katie Bell fits in with our family well and has been a nice addition. But we are definitely NOT adding any more members to this family!