Katie has made it clear that she does not care for Natalie's toddler antics, so we are making sure that the girls are only together when Natalie is calm and with one of us right beside her to monitor their interaction. I think that after Natalie has a lot of coaching about how to be respectful to dogs she and Katie will one day be good friends.
Louie, on the other paw, is very accepting of anything Natalie can dish out. We are working on teaching her to pet softly, not pull hair and to play nice... skills that will also help her in daycare. While those skills are being practiced Louie makes the perfect Guinea pig. He is so laid back and really is like a 130 pound teddy bear. I think Louie likes having his very own little girl.
Natalie loves both of the dogs. The first words out of her mouth most days are "doggie" and "woof". She wants to know where Katie and Louie are and to give them a good morning pat.