Sacha’s Diary – June 16, 2016
I was reading this article today about how you need to give your new dog some time to adjust when you introduce him into your home. And it got me thinking about my own experience and what is was like when I first arrived at my new home. I guess I didn’t realize that how to introduce a new dog to your dog was a huge challenge for my parents and everyone else involved.
It’s a day I’ll never forget! My mommy and daddy picked me up from the Samoyed breeder back in the Fall of 2011 when I was about 8 weeks old. So much of that day is a blur to me to be honest. I was such a little guy and my brain was just developing don’t forget. But I do remember how the day started with me being in a pen with a whole bunch of other puppies my age. That was like most days back then, me and my friends we would just play and poop, and play poop, all day long! Then the next thing I knew, I was with these two strangers who would become my parents, but I didn’t know that, or them, at the time. It was a little unnerving to be honest.
We got in their SUV (my first car ride!) and I remember my daddy holding me in this arms while my mommy drove. It was a long ride, and I remember being both excited and a bit anxious at the same time. Who are these people? Where are am I going? What about all of my friends back at the pen?
As you can see, I had a lot to process. But one thing I had absolutely no way of knowing was that waiting for me at home would be my new big brother!
Introducing a New Samoyed Puppy to Your Adult Samoyed
I didn’t know this at the time, but my mommy and daddy carefully planned how they would introduce me to Ramius, my new big brother. Ramius was 7 years old back then and he’d been living with my mommy and daddy since he was 8 weeks old too. Just like me! In those days, when was Ramius was a puppy, my parents had my sissie Zoya who was 7 years old. So they had been through this before and had a pretty good idea how to introduce two Sammies. And it was important to them that they introduce me to Ramius in the very same way they introduced Ramius to Zoya so many years ago.
Start on Neutral Territory – Outdoors if Possible
So when we got to my new home, my daddy carried me all the way to the back yard before ever going inside. My parents let me sniff around a little bit. So many new smells! And sights! And sounds! It was all so new to me!
Anyway, after I’d been outside acclimating to this new space for a little while they brought this huge Samoyed into the back yard with me. I remember thinking he was so big!! 90lbs as least! And Ramius was surprised to see me to be honest, because obviously he’d never seen me before. But we live in a place that has lots of other dogs so he was used to playing in the back yard with his friends. He told me later that he just thought I was some visiting pooch and he had no idea I was going to be his new little brother. Silly Ramius! 🙂
We Samoyeds are very friendly and social animals so we just kinda hung out in the back for a bit. We did the whole butt sniff thing that we dogs do, we ran around a little, talked about life; you know, normal getting to know you stuff. Nothing too major, we just took it nice and slow. It was pretty chill really.
Moving Inside the Home
I can’t remember how long we were outside there together, but probably like 15 minutes or a half hour. Man, I was getting pretty tired. What a day! And we were just getting started!
I remember when daddy carried me up the stairs and took me inside that Ramius looked a little confused. As if to say, “Why are you bringing this little fur ball into the house with you daddy?” I can’t say I blame him. Like I mentioned, he was used to playing with other dogs outside, but after that he went his way and they went their way. This was something new for him. And honestly, I was getting a little nervous myself. Now all of a sudden I’m in yet another hew place, and it felt pretty unsettling.
And, I’m not gonna lie, it was a little awkward between us at first as I think Ramius began to slowly realize that I may be staying here for a while. I’m sure he had to be wondering why our parents had set up his old crate in the kitchen again. Right? He was pretty smart too, so I’m sure he started putting two and two together, and I don’t think he was all that thrilled with this new reality at first.
You see, Zoya had passed away a couple of years earlier and ever since then, Ramius had been used to getting all the attention. He didn’t have to share my parents with anybody else. Now here I was all of a sudden! Some strange new puppy who would start living in his space, drinking out of his water bowl, and playing with his toys. Plus, now he’d have to share his mommy and daddy’s time with somebody else. Me! Looking back on it, I guess Ramius was going through a lot too! Huh, that never occurred to me until now…
Anyway, my mommy and daddy were pretty smart about things though. They made sure to give Ramius lots of attention and love even while they were taking care of me. And of course, they crate trained me too. I can’t emphasize enough how important it is for a Samoyed puppy, or really any puppy, to be properly crate trained. In fact, that gives me an idea for a subsequent diary entry. But not today, my little paws are tired of typing already!
Best Friends Forever
This is one of my favorite pictures of Ramius and me and it was taken that very first day I came home with my parents. That’s us together up on the couch! In case you’re wondering, that’s me on the right. See how cute I was! Still am by the way, but you knew that already. 😉
Those next few days and weeks definitely took some adjusting as Ramius and I got to know one another. He quickly established himself as the alpha dog, which was to be expected. And it was a good thing too, because it helped me to understand my new role in the family. That’s very important!
But after a few months or so, as I was getting bigger and growing up, I remember feeling like I’d been there all along. My memories of my old life and my old friends back at the breeder started to fade away. I loved my new parents, my new home, and Ramius and I had become true brothers and best friends by that time.
I mentioned in an earlier post that Ramius died of cancer in January of this year. I sure do miss my brother. 🙁 I’ve heard my mommy and daddy say that one day we’ll all be together again on the Rainbow Bridge. I sure do hope that’s the case.
So these days, I’m what you’d call a solitary Samoyed. But that’s fun too, because I now I get to have all of the attention from my mommy and daddy. 🙂 I wonder if my parents will get another Samoyed puppy one day. And if they do, then I’ll be the big brother at home waiting and he or she will be the newcomer. And I’ll get to be the alpha dog! I wonder what that’ll be like? I hope I remember what it was like for me and be sure to welcome my new little brother or sister into the house with open paws and tail. Of course, I’ll have to mess with him or her too a little bit. That’s our job as big brothers after all.
Oh so anyway, back to that article I mentioned, it’s definitely worth reading. They focus specifically on the steps to take to introduce a rescue dog into the home. But I think a lot of what they say applies if you get your dog from another place too, like from a breeder or a friend or something.
Whew! Okay now I really am tired. That’s a lot of typing for one day. Especially for a Samoyed! Hope you enjoyed reading.
Until next time Mr. Diary!
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