3 August 2022
Bouncer is 15 years old and is a whiner. She has always
been a whiner. She is attached to Ned and if Ned leaves her, she will
whine and whine and whine...and eventually lie down near the last door he went
out of and stay there until he returns.
Her devotion to him is really nice.
Now we have Bubbles (I really would like to
change his name) and Bubbles has instantly adopted Marta as his
What's funny is that Ned says they got Bouncer 14 years ago for
Marta, but Bouncer had other ideas and while she obviously loves Marta and is
happy around her, Ned is her god.
After Polly died, we got Bubbles sort of for me, and he, too,
has other ideas. Oh he likes me and even in 2 days we have settled into a
routine where when it gets to be 9 p.m., whatever he has done during the day, he
knows it's bedtime (whether I'm ready for bed or not) and he settles himself on
my chest in the recliner and goes to sleep. He sleeps all night long
unless I get up to go to the bathroom, then he stands in the hall, the way Polly
used to, waiting for me to come out, then jumps back in my lap and goes back to
But Marta is the goddess.
Last night around 5 a.m., I let him out to pee and he wandered
off in the yard in the dark. I have zero fear of his trying to get out,
but he was gone long enough that I was a little nervous. I called
"Bubbles!" and he raced in the house, tail wagging a mile a minute, and ran
directly to the gate, looking for Marta. When she didn't appear, he
eventually came back into the family room
I love this picture I got yesterday. It's a little
difficult to make out, but Bubbles is sitting in my lap, as he does most of the
day, at attention, looking for Marta to come downstairs. At the other end of the
hall, which is gated off so neither dog can get upstairs, is Bouncer, in her
typical position, lying with her nose close to the gate, waiting for Ned to
appear. They will stay like that for hours, if they aren't disturbed.
Fortunately they don't whine constantly, but they do
The dogs have some issues to work out before they
can co-exist, the way Bouncer eventually did with Polly ("friendship" at their
ages is asking too much) but Ned and Marta are working at it. They start
the morning taking both dogs for a walk together, then they keep the dogs
separated most of the day, so each gets to feel he/she has all the attention.
Sometimes Ned and Bouncer are downstairs, with Marta and Bubbles upstairs. At 5,
Ned feeds Bouncer (Bubbles is used to "free feeding" which means the food is out
all the time, but out of range only when Bouncer around). They are both
downstairs while Ned cooks dinner and while we eat dinner. There are
occasional territorial squabbles, but those are quickly settled by the
ever-alert Ned and Marta.
So today is day #3 and things are going well and I
think we are all happy with the new member of our family. Best of all, he
only pees outside!