Sharing Space

The top of the stairs is prime real estate when it comes to dogs. Whoever has this perch is king of the mountain. He or she can look down of the kingdom below. Loki used to guard this place fiercely from Jujube. But just the other day, I caught the two of them sharing this space together! We've come a long way from the day we first introduced Jujube into our home. From dog fights to the dog behaviorist, Jujube has finally fully integrated into our household. I'd say it took a good 9 months. It used to be the case that we'd have to carefully manage the two of them to ensure that they didn't fight. Nowadays, I don't think twice about them. They co-exist quite peacefully. They still aren't the best of friends, and perhaps they never will be, but they have accepted each other, play with each other, and have grown closer over time.

4 comments:

Julee Turner said...

This is so sweet! Romeo sits at the top of the stairs too! Reading your blog makes me want another Shiba so badly!

Anonymous said...

What a cute pic!

Anonymous said...

What a cute pic!

The Shiba said...

In my blog you can see a pic of Cortez and Belle each eating a pig ear, and lying next to each other.

Both dogs are basically ten years old- and have now lived with each other for a year. They just started periodically initiating play between one another but it is usually because they are excited about something, like going for a car ride.

Cortez is an amazingly stoic shiba; Belle is fluff and fun. They will never be best friends but it took about 9 months (like you) for the two of them to realize that they had a place in the house, a niche that each of them could fill, and they both like each others company- although they are not snuggle bunnies at all. They both enjoy their spots and spaces.

But they like each other. They have learned to respect each other. Cortez is the alpha and she listens to him but he picks his battles like we pick ours.

By pure accident, we found a great match. And we are very thankful.

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