Things have been going well with the puppy, we've had him for 7 weeks, I can hardly believe it. He is just over 7 months old and almost, almost old enough to no longer need a walk in the middle of the day.
He and Pix have come to be friends.
He still attacks her more than he cuddles on her, making her suspicious of his attempts to cuddle, but it does work every once in a while. Of course, sometimes she attacks him too...more than just sometimes. She picks up his toys and taunts him so he will come after her. It's adorable actually because when she does that we know that she wants to play with him and doesn't resent him.
Sorry for the blurry pic, they are hard to snap when they are playing, and my cell phone camera definitely isn't the one I should be using to try...I'll get one with my real camera at some point and post it.
He goes to doggie camp on Wednesdays and spends a solid 10 hours romping with other neighborhood pups and she gets a break and gets to stay home that day. When I come home I get her first, then we walk together to go get him. When we get to the block that dog camp is on she pulls and starts wagging, then when he comes out they do a little doggie happy dance together, each of them sniffing and pawing and happily greeting the other.
It seemed touch and go there for a while, but now we know that this is absolutely what Pixie needed. He is still a little too rambunctious for her sometimes, and she doesn't want to play as much as he does, but she is much more active and engaged than she was before, and if you are the kind of person who believes that dogs have emotions (I certainly do), she is happier.
He himself is doing well too, he is learning commands, he is very eager to please and likes to train. He has gained a few pounds, last week he was all of 23 lbs, his long legs make him look a lot bigger than he really is. His coat is shiny and his nails aren't peeling and chipping anymore, he has regressions back to his old scared self every now and then, but he is turning into a content, well adjusted puppy. (and he even sleeps through the night 4 or 5 days a week now - progress!)
Personally, I think he's just adorable...even in a grainy camera phone shot.