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Hi everybody,

Meet Rhett, the new family member to me and Ari. Rhett is from the SPCA. His owner fell and broke her hip and after a long sickbed she died. I decided to give Rhett a home for his last years. 

Please I need some advice how to introduce him to my two year old Ari.

We already did walkies twice with the two together. At the moment he is at Julies house- she is a foster mum.

Do you think I  must have my head read for adopting an old dog? 

I had to give him a home.........he has such a gentle soul!!!



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Comment by Jennifer E Bennett on January 11, 2011 at 2:21pm

Congratulations on your new addition.He looks a lovely boy and I'm sure you will cope.

As for advice, well I would'nt even try to give any.  Irish have minds of their own and will adapt.

I'm still trying to sort my own girls out they are Molly 5yrs and Grace 7months

Comment by Karen McKelvey on January 11, 2011 at 2:30pm
Well done for adopting him he will settle when he feels security of a kind and loving home and accept your youngster as long as he gets time to himself from the youngster and can seek him out for company rather than have him "in his face" all the time. Good luck with this lovely old boy may you both enjoy  years together.
Comment by Susan Mogony on January 11, 2011 at 2:48pm
Great to hear this, good luck and i'm sure it will work out. I never knew a setter who didn't cope with another setter. to see at the photo this is a lovey character! Again good luck and super you did this!
Comment by Anna Kazimierowicz on January 11, 2011 at 3:54pm

Great move, Phil!

An old setter needs only his own home, lots of love and caresses. And sometimes peace. Everything will be OK, I'm sure.

Your two boys soon we'll be good friends;-)


Comment by Sue Paterson on January 11, 2011 at 4:31pm

He's a lovely old fellow...well done you for giving him a loving home to play out his time.

I'm sure he will fit in fine with young Ari...just work out in your mind where he will have his own space...and Ari of course! Give them time together and time apart, and then they'll tip everything upside down and do it their way of course :-))

Comment by Astrid Landsaat on January 11, 2011 at 5:22pm

Hi Phil,

Heel goed dat je voor Rhett gaat zorgen, fijn dat hij op zijn leeftijd weer een thuis heeft. Ik denk dat Ari en Rhett goede vrienden gaan worden. Dat zal wat tijd gaan kosten. Veel geluk met Rhett!



Comment by Chantal McIlveen-Wright on January 11, 2011 at 5:27pm
So glad you are giving Rhett a loving home for his old days, what a tragic experience to loose his master close to the end of his own life! He looks so lovely and I am sure you will never regret it and Rhett will give you all the love only a setter can give!
Comment by Maggie Smith on January 11, 2011 at 6:00pm
What a story - and such a decent thing for you to do. I am sure taking things slowly with the introductions will be the right way to go. Rhett will repay you a thousand times. He looks so well cared for - those teeth for an older dog are just lovely. Good luck with him..
Comment by Sharyn Latchford on January 11, 2011 at 8:55pm
What a beautiful face.....I am sure Rett and Ari will get on fine......well done you for taking on a older Irish....
Comment by Peter Hennig on January 12, 2011 at 3:03am
well done what a great thing to do Rhett looks a dear old boy I hope you have a rewarding time together


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