So, as some of you know, when I married Alex, I also married his 12 yr old cat. A really sweet-tempered, lazy, fat Tuxedo. His main goals in life are to get petted a LOT and eat his weight in food every day.
Well, I now have a dog - a 10 yr old Border Collie named Gracie. She's on trial, but I really like her so I think we'll be keeping her. Roy has lived with dogs before and Gracie has lived with cats before. So I thought, no problem.
Well, so not the case. They give each other a wide berth, but if Gracie comes too close to Roy, Roy hisses (bares his teeth, etc). If I pet Roy, Gracie whimpers. Gracie follows me everywhere. Roy is not so comfortable. They are in the same room together right now, but... Gracie is lying at my feet under my desk, but that's Roy's usual spot (when Alex is away), so Roy is being displaced.
I took Gracie out to a dog park and when I came back, I petted Roy and he didn't even purr. Normally he purrs when you're in the same room. That's not good. So I brought him to the couch in my lap and spent 1/2 hour on intense one-on-one, petting and talking and he was purring up a storm.
Will this pass, do you think? They're both very good-tempered, old (10 and 12) animals, with no previous issues ... they're really very nice.
Also, how do I keep the BC amused? She's so smart but she hasn't cottoned onto her chew toys and I'm working, so how do I keep her occupied? If I leave her outside, she whimpers and whines and barks. I do NOT want to annoy my neighbours.
EDIT: I should also say I got her yesterday afternoon, so it's just a little over 24 hours
Thanks for any and all advice. Roy is now under the coffee table giving Gracie (who's under my desk) the evil eye. Will they ever get along and/or like each other? Think they're too old to learn new tricks?