When we decided to get Oscar, I hoped that our dogs would welcome and accept a mini pig in our home. As I wrote about previously, our dogs initially tolerated Oscar but mostly kept their distance and ignored him. Liam was afraid of Oscar but was slowly warming up to him, and Rylee snipped at Oscar occasionally to make it clear she wasn’t happy to have him around.
After Liam passed several weeks ago, I worried about how Rylee and Oscar would adjust. Rylee and Liam weren’t best friends, but Rylee spent seven years with Liam and was used to his constant company. After he passed, she moped around for a few weeks and was almost hostile to Oscar. She wasn’t in the mood to play or be bothered by a little piglet, and she started snipping at him more frequently. Oscar was adorably persistent and continued trying to approach Rylee despite her negative responses.
I finally accepted that Rylee would tolerate Oscar but that they would never be friends, but then things started to change. In the past week, Rylee has allowed Oscar to approach without her snipping back and they have started sharing the sun spot together. A few positive responses have given Oscar the confidence to keep approaching Rylee; some days Rylee responds well and other days she snips at him. One of the things I love about Oscar is that he doesn’t take it personally when Rylee snips and instead just leaves her alone and tries again later. He doesn’t push, but he also doesn’t give up which is really sweet to watch.
Rylee and Oscar have made a lot of progress in just the past week, and it has been so heartwarming. They have even shared the same bed a few times this week, something I thought would never happen. I want Rylee to find comfort in a new friend, and I want Oscar to have a big sister to follow around and cuddle with. They are still mostly frenemies with a few positive moments mixed with more snippy negative ones, but I am so happy with the progress they’ve made and am hopeful they can grow to trust and enjoy each other.