Hello, I am a Pet Assistance volunteer with our local Meals on Wheels program. I have been caring for an elderly client & her GerShepX male dog for2 yrs. The client will be going to assisted living in a few weeks & as there is no one in the family who will take the dog, I said I would bring him into my home. Now Chuga is approx 7 yrs old, neutered, current on vacs. He was found as a stray by a family member 6+ yrs ago, taken to client's home where he promptly climbed the fence then became almost totally a house dog, let out only 2-3 times for potty breaks. Very bonded to the client, shy when new people enter home, but not aggressive, doesn't leave client's side. Very friendly to me after 2 yrs of working with him. Since he is so bonded with the client, trying to put new collars/leads on him is difficult. He used to growl. Only way to get him out the door is if client goes towards the door with him. On 3 occasions I took him to vet, we gave a mild sedative. He did very well jumping into crate in my van, great meeting people at vet, not aggressive to other dogs in reception.Altho to be on the safe side, vet muzzled him for nail trims.
Now, I have 4 dogs, 12 yr old chow/aussie x F, 3 15-25lb mixed males. I have 8 indoor cats. Cats & dogs all get along well. NOW how do I intoduce & mix Chuga into my household? He has always lived as indoor only dog, no history of cats. I am nervous about this. Suggestions are greatly sought & welcomed.