TRANSITION? WHAT TRANSITION? THE INTEGRATION OF “MAGIC,” DAY ONE

Good morning from Cody’s Dad!  At the moment, I have two Border collies in my office and they are sleeping within three feet of each other.  As always, Cody has been the King of Aloofness – nothing rattles him.  Our first night together was actually NO BIG DEAL.  Upon arrival, yesterday afternoon, I took Magic for a long walk before bringing him into the apartment.  Magic has been very relaxed through the first 19 hours.  He was so relaxed in his new surroundings that I brought his bed into the bedroom, placed it on the floor next to me, and he knew that’s where he was going to sleep.  I awoke at 4:15 this morning and he was in the bed, sound asleep.  Since he hadn’t had his first poop yet, I got dressed and took him out. No accidents during the night.  He was very efficient with a long pee and his first poop.  Cody didn’t even bother waking up for this event.  During activities in the kitchen this morning, both BC’s were in the kitchen, their bodies touching as they sat next to each other.  Cody and Magic have been very respectful and accepting of each other, and for those of us who know how the Codeman operates, this is no surprise.  A few times this morning, Cody picked up a squeaky toy that had been examined by Magic, Magic would come over and deftly remove the toy from Cody’s mouth.  Cody’s reaction?  “Here, take the toy, nothing to argue about, we’re cool.”  No growling, no arguments, no attempts at domination.

Magic taking a nap.  Interesting that he places his head on a convenient pillow.

Magic taking a nap. Interesting that he places his head on a convenient pillow.

Magic has taken to his bed..."I know what this is!"

Magic has taken to his bed…”I know what this is!”

Magic has displayed EXCEPTIONAL skills with meeting people and new dogs.  Brandy, who belongs to Donna, stopped by for a visit.  Brandy can be aggressive with dogs who are aggressive with her, but within seconds of meeting Magic, she dropped into the play position.  Magic became a little unsettled with Flip, a Pug, after she started to bat him with her paws, but he just backed off.  After breakfast I saw Magic starting to look out the slider and two windows, like he wanted to go out.  We were outside within a couple of minutes and he promptly took another long pee and another poop.

"What's next, Dad?"

“What’s next, Dad?”

Cody has started to acknowledge Magic’s presence…he will look at him while exchanging nose touches.  They are both very polite with each other’s spacing.  They are drinking simultaneously  from the jumbo water bowl in the kitchen.  Magic has become aware of the secondary water bowl in the bathroom, very useful in keeping heads of the toilet.

And, Magic jumped up on the love seat for a nap.  He knows where comfort is!

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“Cody told me I am allowed on the furniture. OK!”

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2 thoughts on “TRANSITION? WHAT TRANSITION? THE INTEGRATION OF “MAGIC,” DAY ONE

  1. It sounds like they’ve grown up together.  Sharing and being peaceful together is such a “grown-up thing to do.  What wonderful dogs.       Virginia

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