Sammie and Emma

We made it! Aaron is now home, which means I have an extra set of eyes around the house (not that I need them now – by Sunday, we had it all under control!).

One of the questions I keep being asked is – “How is Sammie taking to the newest addition?” And honestly, it’s better than I could have hoped. They play together:

They sleep together:

And they love to explore the backyard together! Occasionally, though, Sammie still needs her space, and she’s not afraid to tell Emma when she does. That mostly happens when Emma gets too close to something Sammie is playing with. Then again, Sammie will sometimes just pick it up and move around with it, teasing Emma to follow her (she’s found a new victim for her favorite game, ‘Keep Away’). As soon as Emma loses interest in it and moves on to a different toy, Sammie will come and grab it and tease her all over again.

We have to keep a close eye on both the pooches when Sammie eats. Emma has, on two occasions, gotten too close and Sammie has turned on her, causing Emma to run across the apartment, yelping. I’ve started feeding Emma first, now, because it takes her longer to eat and distracts her from what her big sister is up to.

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10 comments

  1. Will (MarkingOurTerritory.com) · November 16, 2015

    Those sleeping photos are precious. Glad the gang is getting along so well.

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  2. adventuresofauntiem · November 16, 2015

    So cute! I envy you your harmony— my pets are very much out for themselves, and any harmony we have has been hard-won over years. But it’s nice to see that it’s possible!

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    • Saving Sammie · November 16, 2015

      Thanks, Auntie M! I was so relieved. Sammie can be a real grump at times, and I worried about how she would take a puppy. I think her ‘mom’ instincts are coming out 🙂

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  3. lexitheschnauzer · November 16, 2015

    Sammy, you are a very, very, good girl!

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  4. Rantasalot · November 17, 2015

    Animals are so wise, they take care of the little ones. Here is a animal shelter and one morning they found a box full of kittens on their yard. They had no adult cats, so their male german shepard took care of these orphans. The photo was in a newspaper where all the kittens slept on the dogs tummy.

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  5. carolynswriting · November 24, 2015

    They really are gorgeous together! Just a thought – we were told to feed our big dog first because there were some jealousy issues between the two dogs (she’s the oldest & biggest & toughest of the two). Is it worth asking your vet or adoption place if you should do this with Sammie too, so that she feels like the ‘leader’ of her dog pack? We give Tillie her plate first, then put Elvis in a room with the door shut so he can eat in peace. Of course your apartment & Emma’s young age may not allow for this!

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