On Sunday Jack continued to settle in very well, in fact you would have thought he'd already lived here forever.
During the day he would sleep quite a bit, and in between times continued to get to know Shadow more. They spent their time in and out of the garden when they weren't sleeping.
On Sunday evening we took both Shadow and Jack for a walk. We waited until around 10.30pm when it was much cooler. This time round Jack was a little more forth coming when asked if he wanted to go for his walk.
On the walk we had another dog approach us on the same pathway. Just before they were close enough to meet the oncoming walker crossed over to the other side of the road. Jack decided he wanted to have a bit of a bark at the other dog. Charlotte, who was walking him, just continued to walk and ignored his barking. After about 15 seconds Jack had stopped barking and continued to walk on with no problems at all.
Both Shadow and Jack continued to be happy walking alongside each other and sharing their space.
On Monday Charlotte took the day of work to spend more time with Shadow and Jack. As we knew we would need to leave them on their own this week, whilst we were at work, we decided to carry out a little experiment to see how Jack would be.
We had decided that until we were absolutely certain that Shadow and Jack were completely happy with each other, we would separate them whilst there was nobody home.
Shadow normally has run of the entire house whilst we are out, but we chose to give him the upstairs, whilst Jack would have the kitchen and lounge.
After everyone else had left for school and work, Charlotte pretended she too was going to work. Jack was left on his own on the kitchen, and Charlotte said goodbye to both of them. She then pretended to leave the house, opening and closing the front door, and then quietly sneaking upstairs with Shadow. We wanted to see whether Jack would be anxious to be left alone.
As it turned out Jack was an absolute star. Charlotte had fallen asleep for an hour, with Shadow, and in that time Jack had not made a sound, or wrecked anything in the house. He simply crashed out on the sofa.
This was good news for us and meant we could leave them both on their own, but separated.
On Tuesday, the first real test for Jack, I waited for everyone else to leave the house then said goodbye to Shadow and Jack and went off to work around 8.30am. I returned home at 12.30pm to check on the boys and to let them out in the garden, and to feed Jack his lunch as he is used to having 3 meals a day. Shadow is not so fussy and only has one main meal per day.
Happily, once again, Jack had been absolutely fine. Other than a small accident on the carpet, there were no issues at all. Whilst I prepared Jack's lunch both Shadow and Jack had a run around the garden.
I spent about half an hour with them and then when back to work.
My son George then came home from school around 3.30pm, and again, there were no issues.
Since the weekend Jack has really made himself at home. Other than the odd little spat he is getting on really well with Shadow, often going nose-to-nose, and occasionally licking his face too.
I think another couple of weeks and they will be firm friends.
Jack has showed a great deal of affection over the past few days, always happy to see us when we arrive home, and loves to jump up and sit with us on the sofa for cuddles.
He has displayed no signs to us that would give us concern and we are so happy to have him as part of the family.
Wednesday night whilst watching the England match, Jack decided that I didn't need to see the TV screen and jumped up onto me and proceeded to avidly lick my face. This was something that Shadow loves to do to me too, and so as not to be left out, he decided to jump up and join in. I had Jack licking my face whilst Shadow licked my left ear, then there was a moment of affection towards Shadow, by Jack, when he reached over and started to lick Shadow's face. Shadow gave no reaction at all, which was a great sign.
Jack has behaved so well this week. When Shadow has barked Jack has not responded at all. If Shadow runs out in the garden barking Jack just trott's out after him to see what all the fuss is about, then turns round and comes back in to his favourite place, the sofa.
All in all, Jack has been absolutely outstanding this week, and I can't understand why it has taken so long for him to find his forever home !
I do have several photos of both Jack and Shadow, along with some videos of them together. I haven't had chance to sort them out and upload them yet, but will hopefully find some time this weekend.
PS. Jack continues to trump for England. I don't think I have ever met a dog who can fart as many times as Jack can