We are getting a puppy, Ella, in three weeks (we've already named her). We are super excited about her. We've picked her out from her litter, but she is still too young to bring home. I'll post some photos when we get her. She is an Old English Sheepdog cross. They are supposed to have a very low prey drive, so it seems like a safer breed around small animals. I am worried about how Manzi will react to her. I already know that Maui will hate her, but Maui isn't really up to chasing anything around anymore. I'm sure Maui will just puff up at Ella if she gets too close to her cage. Manzi on the other hand can terrorize her. Maybe that is fine though, as Ella will have to learn how to avoid/respect him.
Our daughter loves the birds, but I still don't trust them around each other. I'm hoping she'll take to our puppy just like she takes to other animals, then it will give the birds a break from her attention.
We brought home our new girl last week. She's really cute. Manzi hasn't paid her much attention. Maui gets worked up when Ella tries to look at the cage. Maui fluffs up and makes threatening noises. Ella is too clueless to realize what is going on, and she moves on very quickly.
Last night Manzi was protecting our hallway. Ella decided she wanted to take a closer look at him. She almost had a nice chomp on her nose. I pulled her back in time. I think it might be nice for her to learn what Manzi can do, but I think he can seriously hurt her little puppy nose.
Fortunately, Ella is not overly interested in the birds and was quick to get distracted by other things.
Everything is going well. The dog, Ella, and birds are settled into their relationships. Manzi will fly around and even land on the ground near Ella, but Ella doesn't pay any attention. She'll glance over at Manzi, but that is it. Ella hasn't been bit, but she seems to know to stay away from their beaks.
I just had another baby as well (Sep 30th). We've had relatives staying with us to help with the new baby, and with everything going on, Manzi and Maui haven't even noticed the new baby.
I think we're done with new additions to our family for quite some time. It is a bit overwhelming. The birds have been loving the attention from visitors. They get unlimited treats from visitors and don't want to eat their pellets.
Wow. What a busy household you have. Canadians can take a year of paid maternity leave which is what our daughter did. Our grandson had his first birthday on September 30th and our daughter went back to work. We are full-time caregivers during the week. With just him and Chyloe we are super busy. That boy gets into everything.
Congratulations on the new baby. Get as much rest as possible.
Max, CAG (In my heart forever) Taz, Tiel (Rest in peace my sweet girl) Chyloe, CAG
A quick update with Ella and the birds. She still ignores them most of the time. They sometimes scold her, but she seems to ignore that as well. When Manzi and Maui fly around in the house, Ella gets way too excited for my taste and runs around like crazy. I never know what she may do to them unsupervised, but recently we had an experience that gave me a lot of comfort.
Ella was barking like crazy to be let out the back. She usually does this when she sees squirrels. I let her out, and instead of running to the back, she just ran out a few feet and began sniffing a little baby bird, that was learning to fly and had barely left its nest. I ran out as soon as I saw the bird, cause I was scared Ella would hurt it. But Ella was really gentle with it and just sniffed it. We were having a party later that day, so I put the baby bird back in a nearby nest.
I don't leave the birds and Ella out unsupervised, and Ella is a very sweet dog, so this situation gave me some more hope that Ella won't actually hurt any animals.