Wow, what a busy couple of weeks. Smack dab in the middle of our transition to a two dog household, Kevin's dad passed away. That actually gave all of us more time at home and helped ease in the dog transitions, I believe.
If you follow us on Facebook or Instagram, you have seen by now what a great pair we have here. My fears with Ray were that he always was so large and "in your face" when trying to initiate play, that he would crush another dog in his enthusiasm. Also, once he gets wound up, it is harder to calm him down, though we work on it a lot.
Julius is so good natured and sweet that he has really helped Ray become the great big brother that he is today. Julius steals toys and chews on Ray's neck and head while Ray is much more tolerant than I ever thought he could be.
Our two dog world isn't without challenges, though. When they play together I constantly watch them. Ray is very vocal when he plays which sounds like growling. He has always been that way, so the only way to tell when he's "had enough" is a nose wrinkle that goes along witht the sound. When I see that, I break up the play for a few mintues while everyone gets water or rests. This has generally worked out really well.
Over the weekend, we celebrated our Granddaughter's birthday with a pool party, tasty food and of course cake. Since we are still settling things with Kevin's dad's passing, we opted to let Ray sit out the party at the apartment and let Julius attend the party. It actually turned out that my sister got a touch of food poisoning the night before, so she and Ray chilled out with a long nap and each other's company.
Julius captured hearts left and right with his calm, sweet demeanor and even had my dad asking if he could have the Ju-Ju Bean. Ray and my sister came back towards the end of the party and got to enjoy a bit of poolside fun and sunshine after all. One thing is very apparent fromt the number of people coming and going in and out of the house and gate; my pit bulls are not good guard dogs, everyone is a friend and all are welcome.
Thanks for hanging in with us, I promise better updates with pics soon.