So, my sore finger and I decided to take advantage of the almost-empty house today and bring West into the 'real' house for the first time. I'd like to eventually give him a bath, so if he's comfortable at least in the rest of the house, maybe I won't have to drag him. He was nervous of the doorway, but came in with some coaxing. The dogs (Ben, Sheela and Candy) were barking at the gate at him, which I think didn't help. Once he was in and I shut the door, I opened the gate. They sniffed, West asked me to save him, I told him he was fine, they sniffed some more. I set my things up in the living room, convinced all the dogs to be on the same side of the gate at the same time, and shut them in the living room with me.
West and Ben began playing again (they played hard last night) and had a ball. West was quite nervous, but settled in. I'm hopeful that we'll be able to get him comfortable there even with some background noise of other people home etc. Video: