While this blog is dedicated to our adventures as new puppy owners, I thought it was about time I introduced you all to the four-legged furball that stole our hearts long before Kona came to live with us.
I brought home Keegan in the summer of 2000, before I started my final year of university. He lived in a house of 7 girls for that first year, then spent the next year and a half in Oakville with my parents and sister. He moved with me to Toronto in the fall of 2002 and has been there for many of the milestones in my adulthood. Luckily, P is a cat person, and Keegan is a people-cat and the two of them got along famously once introduced. In fact, ever since P and I moved in together, Keegan has felt like he is more P’s cat then mine at times!
We’ve always said that Keegan is more like a dog than your typical cat. He always has to be nearby wherever the humans are in his home. He is a big snuggler, and is content to spend an evening cuddled on your lap. This can be a bit of a challenge because he is not a small animal. For the longest time I claimed that I could never get a dog that was smaller than him, which ruled out a lot of breeds.
One of my biggest concerns when we were deciding to get a puppy was how Keegan would adapt to life with another animal in the house. As you can see from the photo below, he was not impressed when Kona first arrived.
Other than a few mishaps, we’ve managed to create a peaceful co-existence between the two of them. This is mainly due to the use of a number of “baby” gates sourced from Kijiji and strategically placed around our Ground Floor. Keegan has complete control over the living/dining room, foyer and all of the upstairs. Kona’s territory has grown from the Family Room to include the Kitchen and Laundry Rooms.
Since the only way for Keegan to access his (basement) litter box is through the kitchen, there are some occasional run-ins. They usually happen when Kona is out for a walk with one of us, and the other person lets Keegan into the kitchen and forgets to let him back out again.
Kona’s breeder had a kitten when Kona’s litter was born so she spent her first 8 weeks playing with a kitten. She would love to play with Keegan but he has no interest. If we say Keegan’s name, Kona goes rushing to the gate separating the Kitchen from the foyer with her tail wagging excitedly. Sometimes Keegan will swat at her nose, but since he has no front claws this isn’t a deterrent. Poor puppy just gets even more excited.
It will be a long time before we can let them share the same space. Kona has to develop enough self-control that she will not only listen to our commands when she is excited, but also be able to sit patiently in a room when Keegan is present.