Arwen has taken a fancy to Blue Bear, a fairly new toy that looks like a gummi bear that I bought for Nyxie a few months ago. It's since become forgotten in the toy basket, abandoned for stuffies and tennis balls that are Nyxie's favorites. One day, Arwen walked over to the toy basket (odd enough for her), rummaged through, and plucked Blue Bear out, prancing away with him in her mouth. Arwen has been a loyal Orange Ball fanatic for years. On that day, for whatever reason, Blue Bear caught her attention. Maybe she'd been pining away secretly for Blue Bear, but I doubt it. What Arwen wants, she demands.
This morning while drafting an entirely different post, I was watched the girls gnawing on each other, like they do most mornings we're home alone. Suddenly, Nyxie picked up Blue Bear (that Arwen had been chewing earlier) and settled in to play. I got a bit leery here, thinking Arwen might become territorial. She walked over towards Nyxie and watched her sideways. Nyxie stood, letting go of Blue Bear but still standing in front of him. The girls exchanged some bitey face, sniffed at each other's hind ends, and Nyxie slowly (not nervously) walked past Blue Bear. Arwen reached down and picked him up, chewing contentedly.
I sat mesmerized at the ease with which this happened. Many of you know how large and in-charge Arwen can be, dominating most "disagreements" with an icy look. What I witnessed was pure magic. They spoke volumes of respect and affection without a single word. Flawless, successful communication. It was beautiful. Now I know this happens repeatedly on a daily basis - 2 dogs sharing the same resources and coexisting gracefully - but it was too elegant not to share with you.
Oh, the lessons they can teach us if we're just paying attention!