Breakin’ the rules

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Today I am breakin’ the rules on my dog blog, to bring you a cat! But he’s so squishy and cute that I don’t think you’ll mind! Plus I’ll be talking about dog to cat introductions too. So this is Pilchard, the latest addition to my mum’s household.

He’s about four months old now, and has so much character! He loves to play, especially with the cat toys I make for my Etsy shop and he’s fascinated by the indoor rabbit he lives with. My mum keeps finding pieces of straw around the house that he’s stolen from the cage!

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This is Pilchard and Pebbles, my mum has another cat too. As for the dogs, they have always lived with cats, but introducing a new pet, especially a tiny fragile one, is always a big deal. They had short introductions, just a supervised 5 minutes or so, then the kitten would go back into the dining room to his bed and toys. My mum uses a baby gate to section off the dining room to give the kitten a bit of peace and quiet if he needs it.

Max seems to have a higher prey drive than Jess when it comes to small things. He gets excitable about wildlife on walks, and is generally harder to calm down. But Max was actually pretty chilled out. Both dogs wanted attention when we were holding the kitten, but once Max had seen him he was like ‘oh, another cat…’ Jess was much more intrigued and a bit more heavy handed. Not purposely, but when she sniffed Pilchard she would lift him off the ground on her nose!  The settling in period didn’t take long at all, and calm has been restored now, it’s as though Pilchard has been there all along.

Here’s a short but sweet video of Jess and Pilchard together. I just wanted to show a size comparison and how patient she can be, although just as intrigued herself!

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Meet Alfie and Bea :) Who today are making a guest appearance on DogTailsBlog!

The brother and sister duo are the latest additions at my dads house, and oh they are adorable! Alfie is the very lovely and very stripy kitten on the left :) He is the bigger and braver of the two, and settled in quite quickly. On the right is his tiny little sister Bea, the more delicate and quiet sibling. They moved in around August time, and Oscar couldn’t wait to meet them…

Meeting Alfie…

Being your typical black Lab, Oscar loves splashing around in water on walks, rolling in goodness knows what, eating, well anything, and he never tires of a game of fetch with his football.And although he is heavy and boisterous and has a painfully whipping tail, he has good intentions :) He just wants to make friends! But of course the kittens weren’t as keen to become best buddies with a giant, black, noisy, sniffing, strange smelling…thing!

They were definitely intrigued by him, but poor Oscar just scared them off as soon as his excited tail began thudding up and down on the wooden floorboards when they approached. Then he would just look up at us as if to say ‘But I just want to playyy…pleeease!’

Luckily, this stage didn’t last too long…and now the trio are friends! Hooray! They even sleep together, and Oscar has also downsized and started squeezing himself into the cat bed!

Alfie’s discovered a new toy…

‘I will fit into this bed…’

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘Talk to the paw…’

Watching the world go by…

It’s a dog’s life…

I was just looking through some photos when I came across these rather relaxing ones of Max

I seem to have captured a rare moment where Max is not causing trouble, disturbing the cats, eating an object that is not food or barking at innocent passers by through the window! He looks very peaceful, and very innocent! This one on the other hand, doesn’t look so comfortable!