I told Chris I had changed my mind and the plans for the delivery were back on. In the meantime I would go out and break up the ice and shovel that off the driveway, so there was no chance of him or the hound slipping when they got out of their car. While I shoved, I thought more about my third decision. It was a lot like when I said yes, then no, then yes when I rescued Stella in 2015.
The more I shoveled the more excited I got. I also thought and still think it will help Watson having another bloodhound around. Someone his size to run with. Who knows, maybe not but it did make a difference in Sadie when I brought Stella home in August 2015. There is just something about having two bloodhounds.
I also shoveled off the patio so we would have a clean deck when Samson arrived. I wanted to introduce him slowly to the three I had. I put Watson in the backyard, Henry and Walter stayed inside the house while Samson explored with his leash on in the driveway and the edge of the front yard while Chris and I talked. He could hear Watson baying in the backyard. We slowly migrated into the garage to the shed. I opened the shed door to let Samson out in the backyard with his leash off ... to meet Watson.
Things went well from the time Samson got out of the car. He is very laidback and might even move slower than Watson does. It was not really a surprise to see that Henry and Walter were the first to take Samson's offer to play and play they did. Watson ??? Still not sure what the whole thing was about and just like Sadie acted in 2015 at the start ... Watson seemed a little disappointed I had a new bloodhound. He acted like his feelings were hurt later in inside the house. I had to assure him that he was my bloodhound like always.
I could tell that Samson was going to enjoy the yard as I watched him walk around exploring it. The first owner didn't let him out often, only to do his ob and come back inside, I was told. Chris let him out in their yard but living on a corner lot they had a lot of people traffic on the sidewalk that drove him crazy, like the squirrels drive Watson crazy. Here it is a pretty quiet neighborhood.
Well it worked out great after we moved inside to get a little warmer and see how he operated. He was just as good inside as he was outside. In fact as I write this post he has had the run of the house with no issues. There is still a zip lock bag of his dog food on the kitchen table that has not been bothered, with all the dog toys out on the floor ... no issues. I hear them playing in the great room by the sound of their toenails on the flooring.
I know it's hard to tell them apart, but that is Watson and the only way I can tell is by his collar. Samson wears a choker collar. Even now a few hours later Watson is still trying to figure things out. I think he might be little surprised with the new bloodhound. Henry and Walter act like "the more the merrier". They are playing with Samson inside as I type this.
Samson ... slightly bigger by not by much, than Watson. He has show quality features with a little bigger face, rear legs and paws are straight but the same color as Watson.
Does that look like a confused bloodhound?? Notice the tail and the look on his face. This photo reminds me of the way Sadie looked the first day that Stella showed up. I had rocked her world with a new bloodhound named Stella ... but the following day they broke the ice and were inseparable until Sadie passed away in September 2018. It won't be long before the two bloodhounds are running full speed in the yard after each other or to escape from Henry and Water sprinting after them.
He likes going outside and doesn't hesitate in letting me know that is where he wants to go. It's too cold to leave the door open all the time to let them go in and out as they please like I do in the spring, summer and fall. Chris said that he likes to spend a lot of time outside. He is not a digger but I am sure Watson will teach him how to eat my finest green grass by the roots, just like he taught Henry.
I expected him to get anxious, maybe loud and a little panicky when Chris left but he didn't. He roamed the yard in the slow motion walk he has. He did not notice when Chris pulled out of the driveway. Now we did test that before he left. I wanted to see what he would do if Chris left. Samson went and looked out the living room windows when Chris went out to get his toys, his AKC registration and the zip log bag of his food ... but no barking, no whining at the window.
By the time Chris came back inside all four had gone back outside.
Each time he has gone to the door to go outside, he did his job outside and not inside. The breeder did a very good job training these puppies to be housebroke by the time they were picked up at 8 weeks old. Watson has done the same thing since he got here in June 2021.