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After going round and round on name ideas I have come back to where I started, so little yet-to-be-named papillon puppy is Freddy. He came home at noon today and I am astonished! I have yet to get really good photos but I think these show how relaxed all the animals are together:
Dog Dog breed Carnivore Mammal Cat

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He was plonked into my lap immediately after being microchipped, and feeling a tad disgruntled as a result. I had taken chicken and had Poppy one side of me, Sophy the other, puppy on my lap, and fed them scraps of chicken in turn. It took him about a minute to catch onto the game, after which he joined in enthusiastically. He cried for a few minutes in the car as we left but I remembered hearing BBC Radio 4 (talk and current affairs) playing in the background when I visited on Wednesday so tuned the car radio to that and he went straight to sleep. When we got home he sniffed and explored, bumped noses with Tilly-cat, played with my niece, fell asleep, woke up and did a puddle before I caught the signs, and was pretty nigh on instantly at home. He has explored inside and out, wants to play with the Aunts but accepts when they say no, is fascinated by Tilly's tail but after one soft pawed swipe has accepted that it is best left alone, and all in all is an amazingly easy puppy - so far!

He just needs to learn that Sophy hates sharing her bed...
 

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Hello, dear Freddy! If having a boy in the house means more scrummy chicken, the girls will be eager Aunties.
 

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And he seems to really like all the cute puppy toys the other two ignored, but that I couldn't bring myself to give away, like the dinosaur Cuz. I popped a couple of chewable toys into the dishwasher this morning to clean them up, and he is now happily chewing the dinosaur on my lap. I can see the iKEA mouse is once again going to be favourite, though - he fell asleep earlier with one of its paws in his mouth.

Yes, chicken makes most things better, I have found - even puppy intruders! Especially one happy to entertain himself with toys.
 

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So sweet, welcome Freddy.
 
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Welcome Freddy! The resident bitches will show him the boundaries, and males are “in love” with their family from the jump. Excited and happy that you have him!
 

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Welcome Freddy - what a sweetheart.
 
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Oh so welcome, Freddy!!
(if you could get them all to stand nose to tail, how long do you think they'd be?) Such dear little ones💝
 
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First night went well. I started as I mean to go on and took him to bed with me, where he snuggled under the covers with Poppy. When he got wiggly i took him to the bathroom puppy mat - one false alarm, one pee on the mat, one poo not quite on the mat. Once he was comfortable we slept well - he ended up beside my pillow when he got too hot under the duvet. I have rolled up quilts and pillows piled up all round the bed just in case, but I wake up as soon as he begins to move around after so many years of sharing my bed with dogs.

He had the typical puppy mad half hour just as we were winding down for bed last night, which upset Sophy who was already feeling rather tired and stressed. He was not teasing her, but just watching him was too much for her. After a burst of active play when he was getting just a bit grabby and bitey I popped him in his pen for a few minutes to calm down, which he did very quickly. But Sophy has now decided on a policy of social distancing - she will let him share my lap if he is sleeping, but if he looks like getting at all rambunctious he must stay at least 1 metre from her. And he is listening to her, and keeping away. Tilly-cat's tail is still absolutely fascinating, weaving and waving just in front of his nose, but after a very firm "Tcha!" from Tilly when he made a grab for it he is beginning to think twice about that, too. Poppy is just sleeping through it all!

I suspect things may become more fraught as he finds his feet, but as he is already so confident and so quick to absorb the rules I think it will be manageable. Wanting to chew the edge of my MacBook while on my lap was solved by giving him a small, hard plastic brush instead - I might regret that when he considers all brushes chew toys, but it the only suitably sized hard plastic object I had in reach! He is learning to come to his name + pup-pup, the hand gesture for "Let me pick you up" and is even beginning to ask to be lifted. He already has the basics of bite inhibition, although can get nippy when tired, and unlike Sophy and Poppy is quickly learning to enjoy playing with toys by himself. Sophy had a younger and more flexible me to play with, Poppy me plus Sophy, and while Sophy will occasionally enjoy a game with a soft toy Poppy has never had any interest in any of them.

So less than 24 hours, still all learning about each other, but going better than expected so far!
 

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The pen is a godsend - he settles there quickly and easily, chews on a toy in bed for a bit, then goes to sleep on the puppy pad. We've had a wander round outside (dashing between very heavy showers), he has met bouncy little Amber the Yorkshire terrier and the two little girls who have just moved in, who were very quiet and gentle with carefully coached by their father, and learned how to climb in over the threshold so he doesn't need to be lifted. About 20 minutes altogether and that was enough for him to need another nap. Sophy thinks the pen is brilliant - she can relax without having to watch to make sure he doesn't creep up on her. I have ordered a lightweight pop up one for when we travel.
 

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He has also discovered that the gravel and grass outside are good to pee on (hurrah!), that if you push your luck with cats you get your ears boxed, that waiting his turn politely means he too gets treats, and the astonishing power of Sitting to get humans to do what you want. It has been a very busy first day, and he is once more fast asleep.

Jett sounds lovely - I am glad he is confident enough of you to be just a bit silly and brattish sometimes!
 
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