Her name is Ruby H. Ortman and she was born on January 1, 2015. We brought her home now almost 2 weeks ago and we're all still adjusting.
It is no secret that I have been putting off getting a dog for a while and that Pete has been dying to get one. He got to choose what kind we got and the process, so he gave me majority naming rights which I took full advantage of. I was set on paying homage to Harry Potter by using a character or a spell or something, but that turned out to be very difficult when we decided we wanted a girl dog. I really liked Molly Weasley, but Pete's golden retriever he grew up with was named Molly. We both loved Luna Lovegood, but an old co-worker of mine got a golden last year and named her Luna. And we went through that process with a billion other names. So we settled on Ruby H, which came out of Rubeus (Ruby) Hagrid (H), and Ruby also fits because she's a very dark golden. She's pretty formal and likes to use her middle initial.
The cats are adjusting as well as expected. Ruby is quarantined to half the kitchen and the adjacent living room by a baby gate. The cats have free reign of the rest of the house with uninterrupted access to food/water/litter. Ruby thinks the cats should be playing with her, and by playing, I mean she tries to tackle them and bite their tails. For that reason both cats mostly stay away until she's asleep, and then they come in to the room and sneak around and smell her. Ferdinand is really jealous and needy, and he's very territorial of this dog taking up our time and his space. Choxie mostly stays away and she is sleeping more. She's been on kitty Prozac for a few months already for her hair pulling issues which I think has really helped her with this transition.
She went bonkers over this leaf pile!