Finnick has officially been a part of our little family now for over 3 months. And it feels like it was always meant to be. I figure it’s a good time for an update and share our experience as a 2-dog household.
Finn and Logan get along like brothers. They disagree on occasion, but are learning how to tell each other when they have had enough. They are learning how to play with one another and finding each others limits (though we still sometimes have to intervene when things get too rough). Meal times are getting a lot better. They are sharing toys. Things are really coming along beautifully in their relationship.
Finn is fully crate trained now and it’s really made him so much more secure and confident in the house. We switched to a large plastic crate (from a wire crate) after a break-out when we were at work. The people at the shelter were wonderful and helped tremendously with suggestions and support. He loves his crate. It’s become his safe and cozy place.
He’s still not sure about strangers, especially out in the world. He’s doing better when we have guests, but still avoids people for the most part. On walks he really struggles if a stranger approaches us. It’s going to take time.
We took him backpacking last weekend. Logan went to the Pooch Palace since our tent is only big enough for one dog (not that he minded… he got to flirt with girl dogs all weekend). Finn did great! He found a new “safe spot” in the bushes and spent the day basking in the sun and nights curled up with us in the tent. We did find out he gets a little car sick when we were on the curvy back roads. A messy lesson learned. We’re working on finding a bigger tent so we can take them both next time.
All in all, things are going really really well. I already can’t imagine life without him. He is the best cuddler and is so grateful for every morsel of attention. We really couldn’t have asked for a better addition.