I currently have a large female crossbread, named Ellie. Ellie is a rescue dog I've had for about 3 years, no ID from the pound but the vet thinks she's around 8 or 9, I had her desexed when I picked her up. In 3 years she's never so much as growled at a person or another dog, just wants to play. I live alone so she's had the run of the house and all the attention she wants since she arrived.
My father recently passed away and I've inherited his 9 year old female Jack Russell, Muffy. Muffy is a trained companion dog and an easy going little thing. She's generally been well looked after but the last 12 months have been pretty lousy for her (oid age can take its toll on everyone, including a pet).
The problem is that both dogs have been 'one man dogs' for a fair while and neither really get on that well with other dogs (not agressive, just not interested). I'm a bit worried that having to share one house and one owner is going to be difficult for them. They've been in the same yard a couple of times but that's all.
Any thoughts or suggestions on making an easier transition would be much appreciated.
PS. To anyone not sure about taking a pound (or mature) dog, all I can say is: if a genie could grant me the wish of a 'perfect' dog, I think I'd still end up with Ellie .