Proof is important, so here it is: Jack and Eloise asleep under my desk. This is my pet-owner's equivalent to the photo at the top of Mt. Everest. We have reached the summit!
Every day for the past 11 months we have had to stop Jack from chasing Eloise while still letting them have enough contact to begin to get comfortable with each other. Jack is such an alpha dog (or is it just the stubborn hound temperament?) that he really has a hard time toning down his enthusiasm. The minute he sees the cat the chase begins. Of course, telling Eloise to stand her ground has worked about as well as telling Jack "No kitty!" My first hint that we were nearing a break through was when I spotted Eloise waiting to ambush Jack. Crouching just inside my office door she watched as he passed by, then she darted out, swatted his tail, and darted back into the room.
So now that these two black-and-tan furry babies will stay in the same room together and let me work, my problem is how to keep Jack from eating the cat food. I'm hoping Eloise will figure that one out as well.