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Old 07-18-2015, 09:36 AM   #1181
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When we first got our black Lab, one of our cats didn't come downstairs for an entire year. Then we went on vacation. We had friends who took care of the dog at their house and a neighbor came in to feed the cats. After that week,the cat started coming downstairs. I think having to go through the house to eat, without the dog there, got her used to the smell and she felt safe. After that, they eventually became good buddies.
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Old 07-18-2015, 09:33 PM   #1182
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Beagle would absolutely LOVE her own cat. When we visit BIL he has a lovely Himalayan left over from one of his ex wives, and the cat constantly tantalizes her. As soon as Beagle gets too close, the cat hisses and swats.

The cat already has her own dog that lives with her, and it's a breed that I'm not familiar with, a lemon pointer. They usually stay on separate floors.
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Old 07-20-2015, 12:08 PM   #1183
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Have you considered working DH's brother and Rusty. See if he is willing to sit and just pat him for a few minutes each time he comes. That is what I did with Pirate. Now Teddy runs to him as soon as he comes into the room. He used to run to me first. Hmm. I am Mifft!!

Addie, the BIL is the problem more than the dog. He has never been a dog-lover. He refuses to pet him and does more to push him away than try to relate to him. The BIL is strange, to put it mildly. DH thinks when BIL pushes Rusty away Rusty thinks he's playing and keeps barking at him. His tail is UP and WAGGING.
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Old 07-20-2015, 03:32 PM   #1184
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Maybe your BIL needs to make an appointment with a dog trainer to learn how to behave around dogs!
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Old 07-20-2015, 03:47 PM   #1185
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I don't trust people who don't like dogs...
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Old 07-20-2015, 03:57 PM   #1186
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I like dogs. I just can't eat a whole one all by myself.
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Old 07-20-2015, 04:48 PM   #1187
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I like dogs. I just can't eat a whole one all by myself.

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Old 07-21-2015, 10:16 AM   #1188
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Abbie has calmed down a lot. She's very quiet during the day. Often will lay in her crate if I am busy doing other things. She's learning to leave things alone too. Still likes to chew but I've got several chew toys that she goes to now instead of stuff she shouldn't have. She likes to tear up tissues and paper yet. She gets very excited with new places and people and dogs. We'll have to work on that! She loves to be petted and has the most sorrowful gaze when she needs loving. I don't think she and Salem (the cat) will have problems getting along once Salem gets used to having Abbie around. We need to decide by Sunday if we are going to keep Abbie. I have a feeling she's here to stay.
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Old 07-21-2015, 10:54 AM   #1189
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[QUOTE=jabbur;1429656]Abbie has calmed down a lot. She's very quiet during the day. Often will lay in her crate if I am busy doing other things. She's learning to leave things alone too. Still likes to chew but I've got several chew toys that she goes to now instead of stuff she shouldn't have. She likes to tear up tissues and paper yet. She gets very excited with new places and people and dogs. We'll have to work on that! She loves to be petted and has the most sorrowful gaze when she needs loving. I don't think she and Salem (the cat) will have problems getting along once Salem gets used to having Abbie around. We need to decide by Sunday if we are going to keep Abbie. I have a feeling she's here to stay.[/QUOTE]

I think so too. They do have a way of growing on your emotions.
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Old 07-21-2015, 01:16 PM   #1190
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I don't trust people who don't like dogs...
LOL!!!!

Now that's hilarious

I've always said if my dog doesn't like you,I probably wouldn't either.
Dogs and kids go hand in hand.
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