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Well, Dugan is a little over 4 months now and has been with us for a month. There have been a few days where I thought, "what did I do?" and I think Brady thought the same thing. But, for the most part, having Dugan has been great! Brady is 2 1/2 and perfectly potty trained, etc. He has not had any regression issues. He had a little bit of a hard time with sharing (still does sometimes) but for the most part loves his little brother. I have to work with Brady again on leash training as I had let that slack a little, and Brady pulls. It doesn't make it easy to walk 2 when one is pulling at you. Fortunately, Dugan is perfect on the least (unless he decides to sit and take a break) so that helps. My DH and I usually walk them together. We put up a temporary fence area in the back yard so we can also just let him out to pee on his own. Brady sleeps in bed with us. Dugan sleeps in a crate next to me in bed. I have tried to let him sleep with us, but he seems to want to be in the crate. Dugan is almost perfect with house training (last time I said he was perfect, he had an accident, so I now say almost perfect). Laurie did a great job working with him, so the house training was easy. I think Brady also helped. We have 2 crates now in the den (next to eachother) where the boys stay when we are out. Brady wouldn't want to share his crate. At some point, I want to eliminate the crates completely, but we will wait a while. Brady loves to wrestle and play with Dugan, and I see them getting closer everyday. Brady still loves us just as much, and Dugan loves us too. I think he has bonded to all us equally, including Brady.
As for HRI, I applied many many times for dogs through them before Dugan worked out. I did go through the foster process so I had a homestudy and all done before Dugan came into the picture. I think this helped. To be honest, I probably wouldn't have gotten him if he wasn't with Laurie and I didn't get very persistent. I was a real pain to Laurie and HRI, but for good reason! I had applied to many rescues and without a fence, I wouldn't ever hear back from them. The temporary fencing seemed to help with HRI.
Amy, if you have any questions, feel free to PM me or let me know. It is a little more work and a little harder to take them places, but it is worth it!!
**Karen, Mom to Brady, Dugan, and Devon