Luuuu Are You? Lulu? Lulu?

So although we weren’t really looking for a new dog (okay, maybe we were quasi-looking), when a dog named Lulu turned up at the shelter, she kind of caught our attention.

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Did I mention that every day is Tongue-Out Tuesday?

We signed up to adopt her, but before Lulu could be taken home, per the policies of the San Diego Humane Society, she needed to be spayed. Once that was done, we collected the new addition and brought her and her lovely Cone of Shame home.

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Wearing the Cone of Shame is no reason not to smile when you’re Lulu.

Being an owner surrender, we were able to learn some information about her previous life. She was mostly kept outdoors, and evinced a slight amount of discomfort with being in the house, although nowhere near the level of Dennis, who spent his first few weeks trying to get out of the house so he could hide behind the garbage cans. And as you can see by the HipsterCam, she quickly got over any feeling of being uncomfortable in the house.

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Currently Lulu mostly lives in our bedroom, with supervised excursions to the rest of the house, AKA “Cat Land”.

As noted in the write-up from the Humane Society, Lulu is happy-go-lucky, carefree, engaging, adaptive, and cheerful — meaning she appears to be very well socialized to humans and dogs alike. However, it’s unclear whether or not Lulu had ever met a cat before, although she has definitely met cats now. First she got to see them through the screen door:

And after about a week of those interactions, she got to meet them in person:

At this point Lulu and the Hipsters have had a number of IRL interactions, and it seems like they’re all going to be able to get along. As with Dennis, we are taking the introductions very slowly, although in this case it’s not because Lulu is afraid of the cats; it’s largely because she wants to play with them (she has play-bowed to them multiple times), and occasionally tries to paw them to get them to play, which they don’t like, and also because Chaplin, while he was great friends with Dennis, has adopted a “#notmydog” attitude towards other dogs who have invaded his turf, including visiting dogs he got along fine with when Dennis was with us. We figure this is because they previously had Dennis’s seal of approval, but now that Dennis is no longer with us, there’s nobody to vouch for other dogs’ good intentions. But through repeated interations, and lots of treats, he seems to have come around to thinking that Lulu isn’t half bad, for a dog.

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Not even 1/4 bad.

For her part, Lulu is very interested in chasing squirrels, rabbits, lizards, and other small creatures out of the yard, but she appears to realize that the cats live here, and don’t deserve to be chased. Well okay, maybe Chaplin deserves to be chased every once in a while. But Charlee definitely doesn’t. Right Lulu? Lulu?

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Squirrel?

Good dog.

24 Comments on “Luuuu Are You? Lulu? Lulu?

  1. Awww,beautiful Lulu you are a sweetheart. We are so happy to meet you and look forward to really getting to know you. Mumsy has happy tears for all of you. Hugs and nose kisses Chancy and Mags

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  2. She is adorable! And so full of love and happiness it shows through all the time! Yay! for you! Yay for her! and Yay for the hippster kitties…hopefully

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  3. We loved watching Charlee go right up to Lulu and sniff her side. How smart to give everyone treats! Lulu is a great addition to the family and will help fill the “dog” void.

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  4. Well come sweet Lulu doggie!! You are so beeuteefull an fluffy…THE Hipsterss’ will take to you soon enuff…once they see you are as fluffy as them! 😉
    ***purrsss*** BellaDharma

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  5. Lulu is beautiful!!! She sure has found herself a wonderful forever home. That is funny about the cats and Dennis not being there to give his approval. But we are sure they will get it. Congrats.

    Woos – Lightning, Misty, and Timber

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  6. She is a lovely dog! That was so special to see her interactions with Charlee and Chaplin. Here’s hoping for more ‘good vibes’ between them all… It sure makes my little heart sing! 🙂

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  7. I have always admired your “introductions” of new pack members! “Take the time and do it right” comes to mind!

    Very Good Dog Lulu!!!
    xoxo,
    Rosy, Jakey & Arty

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  8. That first video… cats? so what. boring. give me treats! 2nd video: a family that eats together doesn’t eat eachother, right? “Why yes, Chaplin does deserve chasing and I don’t even know him,” says Juno!

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  9. wonderful knowing of a new hipster
    lulu the doggy.
    have fun with all the other
    special kritters
    of the house 🙂

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  10. Looks like you’ve got this whole thing nailed, Lulu! You’ve found the Big Dog Bed, you’ve figured out that kittehs aren’t usually suposed to be chased, and the Hipsters will definitely show you the ropes. However, I’m not sure how your Momma and Dada are going to handle having a well-adjusted dog!

    *kissey face*
    -Saint Fiona the Patient, Crazy Daisy, and Lucy-Fur

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