I need an advice. It's been almost two months since Odie has come to live with us and our 5-year-old chi, Aria, still hasn't accepted him. She tolerates him, that's the best way to describe her behavior toward him. She's not aggressive, just ignores him. It's obvious he annoys the hell out of her and she simply doesn't like him.
She's not interested in playing with him or cuddling and she occasionally snaps at him when he tries to lick her face. Most of the time she just pretends he doesn't exist and leaves when he comes near her or turns her back on him.
The only positive aspect of Odie's presence for Aria is an extra bowl of food she can steal from when no one is watching.
We followed all the rules when we first brought Odie home. We let them meet on neutral ground, showered Aria with extra attention, fed her first and did everything to let her know she's still our beloved little girl. In return, she was sulking for a month. Not only Odie but also we got a cold shoulder treatment. It took her weeks to come around and revert back to her old self but only to us. Odie is still persona non grata
in Aria's universe.
It's heartbreaking because Odie is such a sweet, little guy. He only wants to be accepted and loved. He doesn't understand why she rejects him over and over again. Sometimes when he's super sneaky he manages to steal few minutes of cuddling until she wakes up.
What else can we do to help them to get along?
And please, excuse spelling and grammatical errors.
English is not my first language.