M: Coffee has always been antisocial towards other animals. She loves humans but takes forever to warm up to animals – sometimes never.
With this character of hers, one really wonders if she can get along with other animals in the family. Although she’s antisocial, she’s not aggressive towards them. she simply, ignores. she minds her own business. if she’s disturbed, she will walk away. but if one goes overboard, she still does not fight but simply growl to warn the other party off. in this instance, she’s totally like me. some may disagree & think that i will step into other people’s boundary such as “controlling” the friends they want to make. those who really know me, will know that i have more important things to do. my philosophy in life has always been “i don’t step into your territory, so don’t step into mine.” And Coffee is exactly like that too.
Baubles, on the other hand, can be a tad irritating & attention seeking. Because of this, Coffee never took a liking to him. It took her many years to accept him & allowed him to be near her. Baubles used to be a terribly timid boy. He hides when strangers come to our house. And he’s the direct opposite of Coffee – he’s very sociable & loves making friends. And when he likes the dog, he will be very persistent & irritating. But if he doesn’t, he will simply be uninterested & ignore. As Baubles grew older & larger, he became bolder. He still has the timid streak in him definitely. But he tries to put up a brave front now whenever strangers come to our house. He hides no more & will bark incessantly. Because of this, people tend to be afraid & thought he will bite. LOL And he takes way longer to warm up to humans. Very long.
Sometimes one wonders how these 2 dogs can get along & live together, as both had such contrasting characters. Fortunately, they did. Coffee is a tolerant dog, while Baubles is rather easy going. These 2 characteristics complement each other rather well.
And with a third, and of a different species, I was more so afraid that this triangular relationship will be even more complicated.
But one tends to forget that animals are not as complicated as humans. They are simple minded creatures & they don’t think that much nor be suspicious of each other.
Haru has a gentle temperament. She somehow, resembles Baubles pretty much. Timid, a tad irritating & attention seeking. She warms up to animals & humans pretty fast though. She allows to be cuddled (but not too long) – Baubles can be cuddled too & for very long. She hates baths but will allow you to bathe her, but will need to put up with her persistent meowing. And not surprisingly, she’s close to Baubles.
It’s impossible to see the 3 of them close to each other. It’s always Coffee & Baubles, or Baubles with Haru.
Baubles & Coffee have been with each other for 5 years. Haru has been with us for 1.5 yrs & I think she’s closer to Baubles than Baubles is to Coffee.
But today, I saw 2 of them cuddling beside each other. Something which I have never ever seen in the past 5 years. Pure coincidence or not, I do not know. But it was a sweet moment for me which I needed to capture it: