Last Sunday the two wary combatants (Max and Patton) turned into best buddies. They were rolling around on the floor, wrestling, pawing each other and generally having a great time. They have continued this behavior for the most part although we have had a couple of fights. Usually a dust up is preceded by Max seeing another dog which gets his dander up and then that puts him back into his old mode. Other than that, these guys are doing just fine. The cats are not an issue at all.
We took Patton to the vet today as we found out while he had a heartworm test in May, they had not put him on a preventative. So we re-did the test and as soon as we get the all clear we will get him on heartguard. He scaled at 87 pounds and the vet says he should have 5 more, so his previous 95 pounds was about right apparently. The way he likes to eat, he won't have any problem getting the 5 back.
He has played in the backyard with Max and Clover but today he got to go over to the junior high across the street. We let them all off leash and had them running back and forth between us. Ran them good doing that and then took what I like to call our pack walk. DW and I just walk and let them pace with us. When they stop paying attention, or get out in front, we change direction and they have to follow. It's kind of fun and a nice change from the regular walk routine on leash.
I don't have a great camera but I have included a couple of shots of Patton and the crew. We are still officially fostering him in our mind, (or so we tell ourselves) but that is wavering quickly. The big test was him getting along with our other two, and then also determining can we handle three of these wonderful animals at the same time. So far all of this is working out pretty well.
Here is Patton relaxing in the family room.
Here are all three outdoors in the yard chasing tennis balls.
Here are the two new buddies chilling on the lawn.