Today is Archies 6th day with us, and everything couldn't be going any better. He's getting along great with my first pooch, Caleb, and has adjusted very well, especially being 1 1/2, and having such a big life change. My only concern is that he's so sensitive and mellow, that if my cats even look his way he runs and hides in a corner. He'll chase, FRAP, run and play with the dog, but is deathly afraid of the cats. none of them have done anything to him except try to sniff him from a distance, so I'm just wondering, do you think he'll eventually get over it, or will he be intimidated by them forever?

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Comment by Chris West on July 7, 2010 at 2:34pm
Wow, I wish Frosty had been afraid of the cats instead of the other way around! I doubt your cats will take advantage of the situation by attacking Archie or anything devious like that, so don't worry, he will eventually get used to them and then they will be great friends. Frosty tormented the heck out of our cats when we brought him home, and the longer we have him, the more they get along.
Comment by Kristin & Archie on July 7, 2010 at 12:41pm
Thanks Beth, thats reassuring, I just want him to be comfortable. It seems like thats the only piece of the puzzle in him being completely at peace with his new home. He will be 2 in October. And you're right, he's never been around cats before
Comment by Beth on July 7, 2010 at 12:14pm
How old is Archie?

Honestly it's better to have a dog afraid of the cat than the other way around. My girl Maddie was terrified of the cats and now she and our kitten are the bestest of pals, and I honestly wish they liked each other a bit less. Their "games" frequently leave large tufts of fur (Maddie's) flying, and are very noisy and rough.

Here's what I did: I set up baby gates so the dog could not get to the cat, and the kitten was too little yet to jump the gate so she could not get to the dog. I would sit on one side of the gate, ignore the dog, and toss little treats over the gate to keep the dog close so they could be near each other withot interacting. After a few days, I removed the gate and relied on body control and again fed treats for calm behavior around the cat.

Archie may never have seen a cat, or may have been around a cat who charged dogs. He'll come around as he learns your kitties mean no harm. Good luck!
Comment by Judi, Dawn, Soffie & Griffyn on July 7, 2010 at 11:41am
I think he'll adjust eventually. Give it time. He's had some big changes. They will all work it out. We have to remember not to let our human emotions try to work on them. Before you know it you'll have one bit happy family!!
Sounds like you're fitting right in, Archie!!!

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