1. Hahaha Laurie! We have a dog, Chaka, that we adopted in October. At the time, our original idea was to adopt a kitten and a puppy so that they could grow up, play together and bark/hum Kumbaya in the fullness of time. That didn’t happen. It’s just Chaka. Now, we’re afraid to bring a cat into the picture for fear that Chaka will eat her. Hmmmm. Well I hope Libby and Rocky will soon become the best of friends.

    • Laurie Stone

      Thanks so much, Valerie. I’m always amazed at how much cats and dogs eventually bond. I know that with time Rocky and Libby will do the same. Thanks for reading!

  2. The first cat I adopted on my own, Bumble, is also about 13 years old. I got her at a shelter when she picked me. I was looking for a dog at the time, but Bumble (then named Marimba) looked at me that said “you are my person.”

    It took another few days before I went back and actually adopted her. We had quite a few adventures in our first year together. About 10 months later, I adopted her first sibling from the animal control facility in the same town. It was a difficult adjustment at first, but Bumble came to love her big black Lab sister.

    In late July 2011, the Lab went down for the count and I had to make arrangements for euthanasia. The last 2 nights, Bumble slept in Bama’s crate, which was a foot or two away from the dog (who could no longer get inside). I think Bumble was as heartbroken as me when I arrived home that night, without Bama.

    It’s been harder to introduce Bumble to a couple of cat siblings. I’ll skip the details.

    I think your Rocky will come along–especially if Libby is good to Rocky. Just keep loving on her and be patient!

    • Laurie Stone

      Wow, great story, Sheree. So sorry about about Bumble but as we pet owners learn, sadness comes with the territory. Thanks so much for reading and commenting.

  3. I truly believe animals, like people, learn to adapt and make their way when “strangers” are added to the mix. And it takes time and patience and trust in them…that they know what they’re doing, even if it doesn’t look “hopeful” at first.

    And yes, for sure animals grieve. They are excellent role models for us!

    • Laurie Stone

      Thanks so much, Karen. And I couldn’t agree more. Animals (like people) do need time to accept new entities in their midst! Thanks for reading.

    • Laurie Stone

      Liv, I guess animals are like people. We all need time to get used to each other. Thank you for reading.

  4. I’m so glad you found Libby! She’s a lucky dog. I’m sure Rocky will come around. With all new things, it’s takes some patience and time. Looking forward to the adventures of Rocky and Libby!

    • Laurie Stone

      Thank you so much, Lori. Already things are settling down and last night, they both sat on my bed at the same time! Progress. Thanks for reading.

  5. Dana

    Congratulations on getting a cute new dog! 🙂 I wish I could have one, but my health is too bad for me to be able to take care of it. 🙁

    • Laurie Stone

      So sorry, Dana. I hope things get better. Cats are also good pets, and much easier than dogs. Thank you for reading.

  6. Salu

    Libby is really lovely.
    Rocky will get used to the idea. Last week when I went to your house could not find him.
    Be welcome Libby to this family that I love.

  7. I’m glad you got the dog you’ve been hoping for all this time. I can’t help feeling sorry for Rocky, but perhaps he’ll come round to Libby eventually. I mean, how could he resist? Libby looks so very appealing in that photograph.

    • Laurie Stone

      Bun, Libby is very appealing. Even Rocky is coming around. At least they can be in the same room together. I’ll take any progress.

  8. I think Libby may “shake up his life.” But of course he’ll hate it for a while. It’s hard to bring a new baby in when our old ones are so content with their window seats and quiet routines. Good luck! I’m sure it will be a blast.

    • Laurie Stone

      So true, Rica. It would be hard for any of us to have a new person brought in and all routines out the window! Thanks for reading.

    • Laurie Stone

      Laurie, Thank God, Libby and Rocky have become friends. They sometimes even sleep close together now. I think they finally realized they’re in this life together. Thanks for reading.

    • Laurie Stone

      Anna, I’m happy to report that peace mostly now reigns in the valley… with a few skirmishes here and there. Thanks for reading!

  9. Animals enrich our lives so much–and each other’s, even if there are a few nips and growls along the way. You know, like marriage! 😉 I love your writing so much, Laurie!

    • Laurie Stone

      Lee, You’re always so kind. I love your writing as well. And I agree how animals enrich our lives in their own “challenging” little ways!

  10. My 40 lb (at that point) English Shepherd pup met my 25 pound bobtail cat and I thought they’d hate each other but they were so cuddly and lovey-dovey it was sickening.

    • Laurie Stone

      Tony, Laughing. Pets can make surprising companions. You never know what “chemistry” will work and what won’t. Ironically, Rocky’s gotten used to Libby and I suspect even likes her. Alas, dog Libby is still indifferent to poor elderly kitty Rocky.

  11. My cat would not be happy! But I don’t like dogs, so she doesn’t need to worry! I’m sure Rocky will get used to her though. My dad had a cat when he got his dogs, and she got used to them over time.

    • Laurie Stone

      My cats and dogs have actually gotten along for the most part over the decades. Now cat Rocky’s used to dog Libby and actually likes her. The sad part is young, brash Libby is indifferent to this elderly old man kitty, which makes me a little sad.

  12. In november we introduced a chihuaha mix puppy to our older cat. It has not gone well. He keeps thinking she wants to play. One day I pulled an entire cat claw from his nose. Any time I pet that cat the dog is springing to his full height to interfere. It makes me sad but I don’t quite see a way around it!

    • Laurie Stone

      Anna, Dogs get very territorial, even little terriers like Libby. An entire cat claw? Wow, that sounds painful, but maybe that’s the only way puppy will learn to respect kitty.

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