Once upon a time, my husband was 14 years old. He worked at a flower shop, when someone brought in a little bitty puppy. He took it home, begged his mom to keep it, and thus, Smudge came to be.
Fast forward four years. Dan graduated from high school and left for college. His mom moved to Oregon (from Missouri), taking Smudge with her.
This summer, Dan's mom passed away. It was really rough, but we knew we would take Smudge back, who had been living with Dan's aunt and uncle.
In October, we had him shipped from Portland to Chicago via United Airlines. He did so well on the flight, and United was great with him! We drove five hours to pick him up in Chicago, and he's been a good (albeit old) dog since then. He's 12 years old now, but he still acts like a goofy puppy.
Our other four-legged friends haven't been overly welcoming, but they're still adjusting. It's been a month now, and Gilligan likes to sniff at Smudge when he's asleep. He isn't mean to him, but he's jealous, and he doesn't want to play. Stormy, on the other hand, hisses at him every time she walks by and swats him in the face with her claws whenever she has the chance. She is Dan's cat for sure, and she is SUPER jealous of his newfound (to her) friend.
I'm sure they'll eventually come around to him, but I'm not expecting them to become best friends.
|Reunited at Chicago O'Hare|
|Someone got a eucalyptus bath...|
|Stormy loves tormenting Smudge while he's outside...|
|She also likes to test her limits sitting near him but not too close|
|Smudge doesn't play very well, but he does love tennis balls!|
|Dan with both of his fur-babies (he and Gilligan are not close)|
|Yum, Mom! Thanks for the stuffed gingerbread man! He is tasty!|
|Silly dog always begs to come back inside.|
|Stormy has been jealous, so we got her some new catnip stuffed fish toys.|
|Gilligan also gets jealous when Smudge plays outside, so sometimes I take him outside for a few minutes too.|
|Overall, the felines have been forming an alliance and sticking up for each other against the giant beast.|
- Do you have a dog?
- What about a cat?
- Do they get along?