Good luck, Leumann. Don't be surprised if Beau puts Louie in his place at first. I wish they could meet both away from your house and away from the groomers for Beau's comfort, but at least they will meet!
Your daughter being away at college may be why the house feels like it has some room for two now.
You don't have to do it, but he is awfully cute. It's hard to turn down a well adjusted, pretty poodle who is so young! Good luck with whatever you decide to do.
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Well, one thing is for sure, if you are internally stressed and anxious, Beau will feel it and be that way too, so best you just act like it's no big deal, and you are just running errands and then just sort of, "Beau, look what we have here?" Wanna play? The only reason I say this is because I am usually the guilty party in projecting something to my poodle ---- first Jake and now Sunny. I really have to neutralize myself and it works out much better. He will tell you if it's ok or not.
Always a Sunny Day
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In my very limited experience, the first meeting is not necessarily an indicator of how the two dogs will do together in the long run. When I got Bob (he was 4 1/2 at the time), I did a trial run for one day. Bob peed in the house, pooped in the house, stole butter from the counter and Sophie (my other spoo) didn't like him one bit. So I told his owner that I was not interested. His owner (a salesman, by the way), smiled and said "OK, how about if we try it again tomorrow?" Not sure why I agreed to that, but I did. The next day, Sophie was delighted to see Bob and the rest is history.
After Sophie died, I got my first puppy, Cammie. Bob refused to acknowledge her presence in the house for 3 days. But she used her considerable charms to win him over, and now they are best of friends.
Anyway, my advice for what it is worth is to do a trial for a week or two. Or take Louie and keep it in the back of your mind that if it doesn't work out, you have a very adoptable dog on your hands and I'm sure that a good home could be found for him.
IMO, it is best to let the 2 dogs work out their relationship with minimal human interferance.
Go for it! We are all rooting for you! And for Louie!
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I was warned that Stella could be a problem ... I was told to be careful ! I had the two dogs meet on a walk that neither dog had been before. Stella did go insane, but I made her walk pass Carley. My mom had Carley. We walked the two together, but did not let them smell ect. After a bit they were much more interested in the area than each other, so we got closer. Both dogs were with me by the time we got back to the car. I did have my mom drive Carley home and they were fine with each other when we got home. Carley is a very calm dog and I think that helps. You need to stay calm as well. Both my dogs were adults. I think a puppy will be a breeze. Good Luck! So happy for everyone!
Update: Beau is at Madeline's meeting Louie! Initial meeting in a bedroom-sized space wasn't real encouraging, as Beau kept backing up and hiding behind me every time Louie approached. There was some growling and lip curling. They are together now in a large space, with sliding glass doors on two sides. My daughter and I had to leave after a few minutes, and let Beau see us walk out the door. Otherwise, all he was going to do is cry at the door and ignore Louie. Madeline is monitoring them. We're going back in an hour. I will report the results when we get back.
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Ok, meet and greet accomplished. I'm told Louie tried and tried to initiate play, but was ignored. He finally gave up and curled up in his bed. Beau stood at the door the whole time waiting for me to come and rescue him from what I have to assume is his idea of a house of horrors. Sigh.
It's good that no blood was spilled, but I just don't know what to do at this point. My feeling is that Beau would tolerate Louie, at best. Maybe that would be good enough, but life is complicated enough around here with one (high maintenance) poodle to wait on. Louie is a total lovey, and there are already people in line to adopt him if we pass. As romantic and tempting as it would be to just snatch him up, adding another dog to our family would be a stretch both financially and emotionally. It might be best to just concentrate our efforts on the sweet boy we already have -- Lord knows he could always use more training and exercise.
We're going to talk it over as a family tonight, then sleep on it. I told Madeline we'll let her know our decision tomorrow. Either way, 1,000,000 thanks to all of you who weighed in; Poodle folks are the best!
For his part, Beau is very, very glad to be home after a stressful afternoon:
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Glad you gave it a shot. I go back and forth about a "friend" for Sunny and am daily on the poodle rescue/adoptions in my local area. I keep thinking it would be good for him. Denise told me if I do that to be sure and let Sunny decide -- give it a trial run, etc. As wonderful as it sounds, sometimes I think he has gotten used to being a solo guy after sharing for 3 years! His breeder did offer to fly down and bring a retired CH mini female (6 years old) if I really wanted to do 2, as she knows they'd be fine together and she is a bit more independent, too. Honestly, if I left Sunny like you did Beau and there was another dog, he would not play at all (I guarantee it) and would be more concerned about where I went....was I coming back.... etc. I totally understand.
Any chance that Madeleine (or someone) could bring Louie to your house for a visit tomorrow? As I mentioned above, neither of my dogs reacted well on first meeting to the new dog that I brought into the house. But both adjusted well and enjoyed the companionship in the long run. Could you foster Louie for a day or two? Or even for a couple of hours?
All the best to you, whatever you decide to do.
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