Friday, November 19, 2010

Dog and Cat Housemates--Tanner and Oliver's Story

by Tanner
(c) Carrie Boyko
Tanner Shares the Straight Scoop

Our mom is sharing her tips for bringing a new dog into the house, over at All Things Dog Blog. Both of us--Tanner and Oliver--came into our home after Patches was already full grown. Technically she was already considered a senior cat. She's 12 now.

Mom was patient with us while we learned how to behave the right way with Patches. Of course, I picked this up much quicker than Oliver  ;) Mom says that's because I'm so big that I knew I had to be more gentle around her. I think I'm just smarter than Oliver, but don't tell him that. He's sorta touchy about that stuff. It's a little dog thing.

Oliver still has his moments. He'd like to get her to play with him, because she's about his size. They would be nice tag partners.  Patches doesn't think so though, and a couple of times when Oliver was still a pup, he got his nose swatted. That helped him to learn the ropes. Now his efforts at getting her to play tag are merely invitations, without too much energy behind them.

He's finally smartened up and realized he likes his nose on his face. I'm glad cuz I don't think I'd enjoy looking at a dog without a nose all day.

Occasionally Patches will join us all on Mom's bed, when we watch a movie or take a nap. Her back is always to us and of course, the minute mom grabs her camera, Patches scoots. She's really camera shy. Oh well. Oliver and I make better photo models for a dog blog anyway, right?

I'd like to add some notes about treats for well-behaved dogs. I think mom missed that point. We'll have to have a talk about that.

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