It wasn’t always like this.
Michelle Gomez (Rex & Eiger’s Owner):
So when we brought Eiger Home, Rex was like not having it. He was not reacting the way I expected him to. He just started acting like a jealous brother. He wanted to like, sit in our labs. He started crying a lot, which is something that he used to never do. It was just really interesting seeing that side of his behavior because I, I feel like you would think that jealousy is like a human behavior, and then when you see it in dogs, like playing out right in front of you, it, it’s just really, it’s very interesting to see.
But Michelle and her boyfriend knew that they wanted a brother for Rex to bond with.
From the very beginning I knew that I wanted to get him a little playmate. I think dogs just do better in life when they have a companion, but I wanted Rex to have like a solid foundation first before we introduced another dog. I didn’t plan on getting another dog until Rex was gonna be like a year old, but when he was a couple months in, maybe like seven months, um, that’s when I had the opportunity to get Eiger.
Their first meeting didn’t go as planned, and it took time for Rex to accept a new dog into the family.
I think at the very beginning, Eiger was just very timid and scared. You know, he was a puppy and Rex is a 60 pound golden retriever. It was like hovering over him. There were things that we did on our end to try to like, create that bond. The training was one of the biggest things that solidified their bond are because Rex already knew basic commands. We would just show Eiger that Rex was doing them, and then Eiger started picking up on them quickly.
So Eiger was the one that started to look at Rex as a big brother. We started walking them together, and so they kind of knew that like their whole daily routine was always gonna be done together. Once Rex just started to accept the relationship and realized that Eiger wasn’t there to take his place, he was there to be next to him, Rex settled down and then eager started to initiate a lot of play, and from there it was just, it was just best friends forever.
Now the two are inseparable and are always there for each other.
After like the two to three month mark, we started noticing some changes in Rex’s behavior. He started grooming Eiger a lot, and I think it was just his way of saying like, I, I wanna take care of him. I wanna clean him. I, I wanna protect him. The crate was definitely one of those moments where we’re like, okay, wow.
Eiger loves a crate is his safe space. Whenever he just wants to go mellow out, that’s where he goes. Um, so the door is always open and then one day I was the one that saw it, Rex just went in there and laid next to him. You know, I, there’s a lot of dogs that live in harmony and, you know, they get together and they can, they can coexist, but I think there’s a difference between that and then having a bonded pair of dogs, which I think Rex and Eiger really are.
I feel like they are complete opposites, but they just work so well for each other. Eiger calms down Rex and then there’s moments where Eiger needs to like run around and Rex will bring that outta him. Just the, the love that they have for each other. It’s just really nice to see in dogs.
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