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Moviedust
14th June 2007, 03:01 PM
If you missed the post in the General folder, Cedar and Willow have a new sister, Holly. It's been six days since they met, and they are slowly building new relationships between them. At first, Willow and Cedar, especially, were somewhat standoffish. Willow is always standoffish, but Cedar is generally more rambunctious. However, Cedar behaved much the same when Willow came to the family--she sat back and observed for a few days and then opened up and asserted herself.

Now, Holly is much more assertive than Willow will ever be. Holly was a go-getter right from the start, showing no signs of nervousness or fear at anyone or anything. It took her a day or two to know what playing with another cavalier was all about, but she quickly figured it out!

Cedar has started to play with Holly, and as they play, I can see the powerplay they are going through. Holly, at just 11 months, is brass and unknowing--she just wants to wrestle. Cedar, though, keeps trying to get Holly in her place. Most of the interactions are occurring through play. There's only been one or two instances when Cedar drew the line and growled seriously at Holly, and to her benefit, Holly backed off. So I think Cedar's position of packleader will be preserved, though she'll have more responsibility with such a rowdy puppy!!

Willow gladly takes the bottom rung, though she does jump in to play a little bit. She prefers to watch the really rough stuff.

Somehow, I have managed to capture a rough playtime in a few shots--I have no idea how I did it!! I see now that I should have edited the light as the pics are sorta dark. Hopefully you can still see them, though.

http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a68/moviedust/chplay5.jpg

http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a68/moviedust/chplay4.jpg

Notice Willow watching in the background:
http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a68/moviedust/chplay3.jpg

http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a68/moviedust/chplay2.jpg

While it may seem like Cedar has the upperhand, Holly gives as good as she gets:
http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a68/moviedust/chplay1.jpg

Of course, Holly and Willow have their own budding relationship. It is just based on a different way of interacting:
http://i9.photobucket.com/albums/a68/moviedust/willowandhollyrunning.jpg

Cathryn
14th June 2007, 03:06 PM
Sounds like things are going fine, they are sorting out a pecking order and that is just great!! Give them a few more weeks and you will be thinking they had always been together!!

Great pics, light is just fine, well done for getting them, I love to see them playfighting like this, always sounds truly awful but they always go back for more!!

You have 3 very beautiful dogs there, just one short of a full set, any plans for a B+T?? ;) ;) :lol:

Sue.k
14th June 2007, 03:08 PM
Fantastic action shots :) Hopefully Prince and Lucy will be playing like that soon :xfngr:

inca
14th June 2007, 03:09 PM
lovely pics .............Cathryn you need a black and tan as well :)

Cathryn
14th June 2007, 03:14 PM
lovely pics .............Cathryn you need a black and tan as well :)

Tell me about Inca, tell me about it!! ;) ;) I am working on it though, really hard!! Would love to start with wholecolours as well as the Parti-colours, lets see what happens later in the year! icon_whistling icon_whistling

WoodHaven
14th June 2007, 03:14 PM
First of all -- Yea!! and congratulations!!!!

I really like the darker background on the pictures.. It makes their play fighting seem more dramatic.

When you go from two dogs- to three dogs you have a small pack-lol. It is very interesting to see the different types of relationships they have with each other. My alpha male will let pups abuse him,pull his ears, take his toys, treats whatever and he never makes a peep. There is one adult female he doesn't like (which is odd). She is the only girl that isn't allowed to even look at his "stuff".

Best to you and your new addition- Sandy

chloe'sdee
14th June 2007, 03:17 PM
Beautiful dogs. It's comforting to see the way they play. Everytime Chloe plays with her friend, usually once a week for a few hours, all they do is wrestle. They don't stop! I was thinking there is something wrong. They do love each other and take turns being boss, but they play rough all the time. they are both 5 months, will they every just hang out together?


Chloe and Koda sitting for a treat
http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1033/547948139_e6b5d3332a.jpg

inca
14th June 2007, 03:20 PM
Tell me about Inca, tell me about it!! ;) ;) I am working on it though, really hard!! Would love to start with wholecolours as well as the Parti-colours, lets see what happens later in the year! icon_whistling icon_whistling


you may have to watch this space :)

Cathryn
14th June 2007, 03:21 PM
you may have to watch this space :)

Ohhhhhh!! OK will do just that! ;) ;)

Moviedust
14th June 2007, 03:26 PM
Beautiful dogs. It's comforting to see the way they play. Everytime Chloe plays with her friend, usually once a week for a few hours, all they do is wrestle. They don't stop! I was thinking there is something wrong. They do love each other and take turns being boss, but they play rough all the time. they are both 5 months, will they every just hang out together?


LOL They are acting like perfectly normal--and well socialized!!--puppies!! If they only get to see each other once a week for just a few hours, they probably want to make the most of the time. If they hung out together for longer times, they'd eventually fall down and nap for a minute or two, and then get right back to wrestling. :)

When they get a bit older--and spend more time together--they will probably only wrestle 3/4th of the time. :)

As a comparison, in the pictures above, cedar, the Tri, is 2 years old. The ruby is 11 months. You've got lots of wrestling in your future. ;)

Moviedust
14th June 2007, 03:33 PM
First of all -- Yea!! and congratulations!!!!

I really like the darker background on the pictures.. It makes their play fighting seem more dramatic.

When you go from two dogs- to three dogs you have a small pack-lol. It is very interesting to see the different types of relationships they have with each other. My alpha male will let pups abuse him,pull his ears, take his toys, treats whatever and he never makes a peep. There is one adult female he doesn't like (which is odd). She is the only girl that isn't allowed to even look at his "stuff".

Best to you and your new addition- Sandy

Thanks, Sandy, for everything. I'm really happy the girls are getting along so well and that we were able to keep Holly. I just hope Cedar starts to wear her out more often!!

It will be interesting to see their relationships change, as I'm sure they will. When Willow first arrived, I thought she was going to be the more assertive one. Cedar didn't know what to think of her and didnt know how to play with another dog much. Willow had learned a great deal in fostercare, and she had to wait for Cedar to figure it out! Willow quickly took the easier route and let Cedar take the lead. She's doing the same with Holly. Sometimes I think she gets annoyed with Holly, though Willow hasn't done anything but move away from her. She just gets this look in her eyes that makes me think she'd love to say, "good grief, go bother Cedar." :)

debjen
14th June 2007, 03:35 PM
That's very interesting as I am watching our own relationships build with adding our Cedar to the pack..I am having sooo much fun watching him and Robbie play.

Jen
14th June 2007, 04:46 PM
That's so great! Isn't it interesting and fun to watch them together?

Cleo's Person
14th June 2007, 05:27 PM
Fabulous action shots! Delighted to hear they are settling in well together.

joanna
15th June 2007, 08:23 AM
Hi Cindy,
Congratulations on the new addition. She's a doll! Holly and Cedar's play reminds me of Daisy Boo and Twinkle (also tri and ruby). Brandy just watches them also. Looks like there's plenty of activity in your house now. Three definitely changes the whole dynamic - they are more likely to act like a pack now. Just wait until they all start barking together. This generally happens at dinner or walk time in our house. Have the camera at the ready for your first cavalier pile. That's really special.

Now all we're short is that elusive black and tan!

Joanna