Introducing our new puppy!!! With the holidays and my son's basketball season, I have had such little time to post here lately, so this post is a little late. We got Otis, yes, we named him Otis, in October. He is a tri colored Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. This was the photo I got from the breeder, we used the same breeder , Susan, that we got Levi from since he is such a wonderful dog! I can truly appreciate how hard it is to capture a wiggling puppy on film!!! This was our first look at Otis. We fell in love! I love the tri colors. And Otis is beautiful!
After a trip from Charleston, SC to Charlotte, NC, Otis was able to come to his forever home. We were able to work it out that Susan happen to be going up north on a trip, passing through Charlotte, so she was able to meet us for us to get Otis. He got to our house and we fed him and got him water and let him meet everyone, two and four legged.
Sorry for the fuzzy picture, he was Otis meeting his big brother Levi for the first time. Levi is pretty relaxed around animals, the cat doesn't bother him, she can actually be an amusing playmate at times. Levi LOVED our golden retriever, Leia. He loved to play with her in the fence for hours, wrestling and chasing each other. Leia was never aggressive or rough even though Levi was less than half her size. Unfortunately, Leia passed away, and Levi was missing her. We hoped he would find a pal in his new brother Otis.
Levi is crated at night, for his safety since we tried having him sleep with us. He gets so comfy, he fell out of the bed twice to the hardwood floor. He was screaming, I was screaming, my husband was confused, co-sleeping just doesn't work. So at night, Levi is kenneled. It is the only time the door is shut on his "bed". He often walks in there and will lie down with the door open. It's his safe place. We knew with a puppy, he would have to be kenneled at night for potty training, and wanted him to be close to Levi for comfort. We put the crates side by side. It has worked from day one, perfectly. They sleep side by side, often Levi will stick his nose through his cage to comfort Otis especially on those first new nights. They eat together, Otis in his cage (since Levi seems to enjoy puppy food) and Levi on the outside with his bowl right beside the cage. This has kept any fights from occurring. Each dog has their own food, in their own space.
A cavalier's nose will end up all black as they grow. It is so cute to see Otis's little pink spots left on his nose. (those spots are getting smaller and smaller now)
Sometimes Otis's bed is used for puppy time out. When Otis has gotten so wound up and being a little naughty, he gets puppy time out for a bit. Often he is just tired and needs a nap. He didn't used to nap outside his bed, to many things happening. A puppy time out gave him a chance to get that puppy nap. Of course, it isn't always as effect way of separating Otis and Levi when Levi goes in his bed to lay down beside him. LOL
Levi has always gone to the office with us, Otis goes every day as well. We have a kennel for him in the office to keep him safe if we need it. We also have a back gate at the office so neither dog can run outside without being on a leash!!! We use the kennel less and less during the day now. He is normally on free range in the office area playing and snuggling with Levi. They often nap together.
Otis has taught Levi how to play. Before we got Otis, we had a ton of dog toys that never got played with. Levi would grab one or two, here and there, but never that often. Otis immediately finds the toys. At the office we have a small basket, at the house, we have a BIG (and growing larger) basket of toys. Otis plays with the every day! Toys ALL over my floors!!!!
Otis has found the Yoda bed, Levi's favorite place at the office. Levi shares, but I strongly suspect he isn't all that happy about it!
I'm pretty sure Otis is a lap dog. Levi is on the big side of breed standard, he doesn't normally side ON our laps, beside us is his spot of choice. Otis will walk over you, sit on you, lay on you. On your lap, your butt, your shoulder, your legs, as long as he can touch you!!! His favorite place to chew on his toy is on Clint's legs with the lazy boy stretched out. He is safe from Levi stealing his toy and of course, laying on someone.
Otis has been a real joy. He has made Levi more playful. He definitely keeps you on your toes. But always joyful and full of energy! More puppy updates to come!