Matt and I had no idea how Jazzie would react to us bringing Ruby home. She had been pretty vocal about not wanting another dog and we thought that Jazzie would either fall in love at the first sight of an irresistible puppy, or be angry and upset. Unfortunately, it was the latter.
Like I did with Tahlia, I set up our camera to capture her reaction. When she walked in, she took a look at Ruby and her first words were: "What is THAT"?.... Who's puppy are we watching?" When I told her that it was our puppy, she burst into tears, said NO, ran upstairs and locked herself into her room... A disappointing reaction, but not totally unexpected.
For the next several hours, she refused to come out of her room, she refused to look at Ruby and she was not even interested in knowing her name. At one point she mentioned how it all didn't matter, because it wasn't her dog anyway...
I decided to tell her the story about the hawk and how it was a sign from Lily. I also told her that Ruby would never take Lily's place, but that she could heal our broken hearts... After dinner we had some friends and neighbors come over to meet Ruby and Jazzie decided to come downstairs as well. She sat for a long time just looking at Ruby. She asked me to tell the story about the hawk again and as she inched her way closer and closer to Ruby, I could see her heart opening up. She started to smile, she started to talk to Ruby and she petted her.
And that was that. I still see Jazzie holding back a bit, trying to protect her heart. But Ruby is winning it over quickly.
Jazzie has asked me not to share the video of her reaction, so I am going to respect that. It's the fact that she has accepted Ruby and is happy to have her in our life that matters anyway.