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Bonding ~

I was so anxious bringing my dog Hero to the U.S. It entailed months and months of organising transport, paperwork, vaccinations, customs clearance, crate training etc. It was probably the most stressful part of my relocation. However Hero was a real trooper and did not seem one bit fazed when I picked him up and released him from his crate almost 13hrs later in JFK cargo terminal. Apart from the longest pee in history, he was totally relaxed and forgiving, much to my relief. The next part of his journey here was only beginning, he had a sister to meet and bond with.

We decided it would be better to introduce them on neutral territory so they could get used to each other outside their new home in Florida. That went really well, so we had high hopes for the long road trip that lay ahead of us where they would be in close quarters for at least 17/18 hrs.

They sat on opposite sides. They glared at each other. She showed teeth several times. He huffed and puffed. They snapped over snacks. They were hot and frustrated. Every little thing annoyed them. They sniffed each other and turned their noses away. At pit-stops they marked their territory, one would go first, then the other, then they would have to re-mark and re-mark. It will take time for them to find out who the boss is. But, as everyone keeps saying, they will figure it out.

The dogs got along famously by the way!

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