In September we adopted/rescued Zip our dog. Based on past experience with the pets we have had over the years, we knew it would be awhile as he and the cat sorted out their relationship. We have watched at times unsure where this relationship was going. This week it became clear how it was going to work.
Our cat was a ten-year-old rescue when we got her. She had been in the shelter for six months and had no front claws. Corabelle was not a fountain of self confidence or assertiveness. Her relationship with Harley, our previous dog, had been one of an quiet truce. Neither acknowledged one another more than necessary and when they did it was usually with a snarky look. CoraBelle did not have much use for dogs, and would prefer that they not be there, but would tolerate them if we insisted on one.
Zip had lived with a senior woman and two senior dogs before she passed away. He had not lived with cats and by all accounts had a sedentary indoor lifestyle. After living with us, he has decided that there should be some times of intense play and zipping around the house. He has also shown interest in playing with the cat and sleeping with the cat. Up to this point the cat is unsure why she should allow either of these. To Zip the cat was his friend, who cared that she was a cat, she was an animal that was good enough for him. We were not sure how this was all going to fit in with CoraBelle’s idea of life at home.
This last week CoraBelle decided she was the top of the pecking order. She decided to hog the dog toys and making the dog watch as she slept on his toy stash. Zip is fast enough he could have made his way and stole his toy back but instead he deferred to her. I am guessing that she thought enough of this running around and she was going to a stop to it. Zip, though he had nothing to fear from a older clawless cat, gets it and has recognized her as the top of the pecking order in this house. It appears that the cat has chosen to interact with this dog and by controlling the dog toys control the dog. I can’t wait to see where else this takes them.