I guess I've fallen away from TP what with school and work and all, but I'm back with ulterior motives :} and: apologies for the lack of contribution around here.
I've acquired a new member of the family (which only consisted of Kuma and myself anyway). She's a chi/shih tzu mix that I've adopted from the shelter, after some deliberation upon discovering how timid she is. I really didn't want another dog that just looks at me funny when I call her from across the room.
But after I brought her home, and after what's been an overwhelming few hours, she seems to be coming out of her shell nicely, albeit slowly and shyly. Plus I figured, she's a chi/shih mix so the shy/aloofness isn't something very genetically ingrained, unlike Kuma. For 4 months old, she's the mellowest puppy I've EVER SEEN. She doesn't play (with toys or otherwise)! I think she's just content sitting next to me. I don't think she likes Kuma much because he's very, very boisterous and won't leave her alone (mouthing her, trying to play), but I think they'll get along better as she gets older because she's only a baby. Right now they're both laying on opposite ends of the bed, sleeping, and I think that's the happiest medium I'm going to get for now.
One issue though, and I knew about this before, Kuma's extremely food/treat possessive. If I try to feed him first, he's not interested because the puppy's food seems better. When I try to feed the puppy, he's all over my/her butt ready to snarl/snap over every bite that goes into her mouth. I finally managed to feed them both today by holding each of their bowls out at arm's length in opposite directions. It's something I need to work on with Kuma. Or something I'll just have to deal with forever :(
Other than wishing the puppy would be more tolerant of Kuma, I'm very pleased to have gained a dog that actually follows me around the house.
BTW, her name is Brie. Like the cheese. I wanted to name her Mozzarella but I was told that it was "a boy's name". I'll have pictures up soon!
I would consider crating Kuma while the puppy is eating. That way she won't be nervous that with each bite she takes. She won't have to worry that this new, strange acting brother of hers is going to attack her. Let her get used to her surroundings and feel comfortable before forcing Kuma to deal with her.