Things seem to be going OK with Muttley and Lucky both back in my home. Most of the time they lie on the floor and allow each other to walk by without any reaction. Muttley even jumped off the bed and landed basically on top of Lucky without actually touching her, by planting his paws on small spots on the floor that were not covered by her legs and head. I was amazed at his "feet" of agility! Emotion: smile
While I was fixing something to eat, they each ate from the two bowls of kibble, and took turns drinking from the water dispenser. There did not seem to be any sign of resource aggression or snarking. I also gave them each a treat, and although Muttley made sure he got his first, he just took it elsewhere, and then Lucky took hers. Muttley finished a few pieces she had dropped on the floor.
At times, I think Muttley initiated some play. He put his teeth on Lucky's neck, but did not try to bite, and he also put his paw on her. She did not immediately respond, but at one point they both were pawing and play-biting each other, with no growling or barking. Muttley also partly mounted her from the front, while she sniffed him. When they started rearing up and chasing each other, I told them (mostly Muttley) to stop, and eventually they calmed down, especially when I had them separate and I petted them both. Then they resumed their normal MO of calmly lying on the floor and allowing each other to pass by without any sign of uneasiness.

I hope this means that their dominance issues are pretty well resolved. Probably Lucky is feeling better 16 days after her spaying, and maybe the hormonal things are settling down. I will still watch them carefully, and I won't leave them together in the house for any extended period of time. I know that problems can happen even after years of apparently peaceful coexistence, and I am still hoping to find a better home for Lucky. She would probably be happier where she could get all the attention.

Paul, Muttley and Lucky
Paul,
You are right it could take awhile for trouble to break out. It was a year here. I think things sound like they are going well. I choose to think they can share your love. You have enough for both! I remember when your were looking for a home for Muttley and now he has one. Maybe Lucky does too?
Be Free..Judy
Paul, You are right it could take awhile for trouble to break out. It was a year here. I think ... I remember when your were looking for a home for Muttley and now he has one. Maybe Lucky does too?

It would be nice if I could feel comfortable with both dogs being together. Just now they had another play session that started with both dogs on the bed, and they engaged in what was clearly play, although it was a bit rough. Then one of them rolled off onto the floor and the other followed, and the play continued. Only once or twice did I hear a bit of a "growph", and they responded when I told them to take it easy. Muttley took advantage of a moment when Lucky was looking at me, to take a "cheap shot" at her, but it was still playful. Now they are downstairs again, and pretty quiet. Probably snoozing where it is cooler. Well, they were until I looked, and now they're up here again. I wish I had such energy!

Paul and the "Wild Dogs"