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    So, we're just past our 2 weeks trial period and Roxy is gaining confidence slowly. I think the first sign that she started to accept us as her new home was that she started to bark at the neighbours cat wandering into our garden. At 2am! And Nero was so delighted about some action *sigh* that he happily joined in. When I opened the door to call them back in, they both came running all tailwagging and panting... they were excited like 2 kids who had just through a major adventure. Luckily the cat must have gotten the message that she is not welcome here anymore. At least there was no more barking in the last few nights.

    She does not try to escape from our garden anymore *YEAH* and she loves our daily walks down to the creek. It's so good to see how she now walks next to Nero with her tail high up in the air and her little ears pricked rather than with her head hanging and her tail firmly tucked in between her legs... Like Nero she loves to chase the ball and gives these excited little barks and squeaks when I hold on to it for too long Despite her size she is very fast and could catch the ball easily. But they're still Neros and Neros alone. She doesn't dare yet to get in between Nero and his ball.

    She is very much OHs dog. I only get a weak tailwag when I come home (1 left, 1 right, that'll do). But when she hears OH's car coming up the driveway she goes into meltdown. She screams and squeals, all the way running through the garden and when he opens the cardoor she flies into his arms and refuses to leave his lap so he can actually get out of the car. As Nero always was my dog (even though I never said so to make OH not feel bad) I think he loves the attention of 'his little girl' very much

    She and Nero are getting on ok. They don't play together but they seem to like hanging out together. Mostly she follows him around and when she greets him in the morning she licks his muzzle excitedly. Not so sure how he likes that... he usually just tries to get away from her if she does that. But she won't stop and can get quite pushy. But he will greet her with a quick sniff and a little tailwag when he sees her. I take it this is a good sign.

    In the past days he sometimes got excited and tried to play with her again. I don't really know how to react when he does that. She usually responds only for a few secons before flopping flat on her back with her tail tucked in. Nero won't stop there and keeps on trying to engage her, playbiting her legs and pushing his nose against her belly - like he does with his sister when they're playing like crazy for hours and hours and hours. But little Roxy seemed uncofortable, so I stepped in and called him off. As soon as I call him off she jumps up and all over him though. She doesn't seem to be scared of him even though he is pretty much 3 times her weight. Maybe a little intimidated - but not scared. So I'm not sure if I should step in or if her flopping onto her belly is only part of the game?
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    I just thought I'd post a quick update. It's been about 3 months now or so... and she has become a completely different dog. She is amazing and gets on so well with Nero - I'm really happy about that. The two rumble and tumble and play sometimes really rough, taking turns being 'the prey'. Hillarious to watch. We had an episode where she escaped the garden again but we fixed the fence and it doesn't seem to be an issue anymore. Unless of course she returns home before being caught... not sure about that.

    We have started our basic training class with her. She is still getting overwhelmed easily so Nero is allowed to come along as 'therapy dog'. And she is loving it. Even her tail is wagging quite often now and she has taken it on as her personal job to wake us up at 5am by jumping on the bed. I think she is quite happy with us now

    So yes, you guys were right. It takes timeeeeeeeee.....

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    How great to hear she has settled in so well! Banjo plays like that with our current house mates' dog and I don't know if I'll be able to go back to just one dog when we move.

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    Well some things I find definitely easier with two dogs. I don't feel as bad anymore when I have to leave them alone all day. Going for walks is much more fun. Last night we went down to the beach and these two guys had an absolute ball patrouling up and down the beach checking out all the pooches walking through 'their' territory. And it's amazing to watch them develop a bond. For example they're working together to clear off the countertops. Nero is too chicken to countersurf but he will happily eat what Roxy 'finds'. Naughty...!

    On the other hand they're not getting out as often anymore. I used to take Nero pretty much everywhere I went and that's just not so easy anymore when I'm on my own. It's fine to have only him lying under my table in my favourite cafe - but two dogs will start entertaining themselves when bored...erm. And that's usually the end of my relaxed coffee, cake and the paper moment. Maybe we have to work on that a little more

    When is your house ready?
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    Don't ask...

    Banjo is much cheekier here too. She will occasionally try to pull a packet of chips or so out of my hand, as if she is trying to show her mate how brave she is and what a pushover I am! Doesn't work of course but it makes me laugh.

    I still occasionally take Banjo places by herself. But more easily leave her at home if I think she'll get a bit bored where I'm going. True though that 2 dogs are more of a hassle in some situations.

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    I found the final stages of our house being build the most unerving. Initially every time I checked something had happened but once the outside was fixed and they focused on the inside nothing seemed to be happening anymore. It looked already so READY, yet I could still not move in... sooo frustrating!

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