My daughter and her friend Chris planned to be out of town for a week, so they needed a place for their medium size dog to stay. I’m familiar with the dog, and I’ve had both of my poodles at their apartment before, so I figured we could manage for a week.
The good news is that all the fears that their dog would be depressed and anxious at being left behind did not happen. There was also a fear that Roxy would whine and cry all night, and claw at my door. I’m glad to say that none of that happened. The dogs slept better than me (it was one of those difficult to sleep nights for me). And in the morning, I took a short video of a happy Roxy with her tail wagging, and sent a text to the kids. I think that really help reassure them both. Roxy seems well adapted to being here, and she is a very easy and well behaved dog.
On the other hand, I have my poodle “Pepper”. Originally, I had two poodles, one much older than Pepper, and both dogs did stay a few days at the apartment where Roxy lives. But now the old poodle is gone, and with that, alpha dog has emerged in Pepper in a big way. I have seen him snarl and snap even at the Great Pyrenees dogs. He doesn’t seem to realize that he is small. He only knows that he is finally number one.
Pepper is NOT happy to have our visitor in the Tiny House. Fortunately, Pepper can hang out in the loft, which gives both dogs a break. I am appalled at Pepper’s behavior. So far, he is not interested in backing down from his position, not even for the sake of good manners or obedience. Poor Roxy is such a friendly dog, but she respects the alpha dog and keeps her distance. While they are probably never going to be friends, I hope that Pepper is able to develop at least a tolerance for Roxy along with other dogs.
By the end of the week, I also realize that I will have a large collection of dog hair to deal with. I totally have been spoiled by poodles because they do not shed. We are just finishing our first 24 hrs. of the week long stay, so if there are any major developments, like Pepper playing nice, I’ll let you know. And though Roxy is a great dog, I really am glad to only have a small dog in my small space. I know some people have one or more medium to large dogs living with them in a tiny house. Not me. My little poodle is just enough, thank you.