Thursday, April 5, 2012

No More Cooties!

Have you ever had that AHA! moment when you realize someone is your friend?  That person might be in your life, but you never really clicked just right, or you never really had the opportunity to get to know them?  This just played out with our dogs.

Arwen and Fenway get along great - she is the matriarch, he is the scrappy little pup.  They've liked each other from the start and have similar full-contact play styles.  But Nyxie and Fenway have had their differences.  Nyxie would rather chases and play with toys than be mouthed and wrestled with.  Fenway tries the chase games, but they eventually lead to his entire throat inside her jaws.

While this play hold is great for Alligaterrrr, Fenway isn't a big fan

Just the other weekend, I took Nyxie and Fenway to work with me to stretch their legs in the big yard where the boarders play.  They sniffed and ran a bit, but were more interested in running laps inside the clinic.  As they toured the long halls together, I saw a new spark.  Maybe it was Fenway's joy at having one of his sisters at "school" with him, or maybe it was that Arwen wasn't there to hijack Fenway into a wrestle match.  Whatever it was, they bonded that day.  Wild-eyed, and with tongues lolling sideways out of their panting heads, they found that missing piece.

Fenway loves going to school so much, I found his Kitty Head toy packed in the gym bag I use at lunch!

My decision to take them to work that weekend was made spur of the moment to kill some boredom, get some exercise and give Arwen a break from the high energy of youngsters. Dogs are masters at taking a spontaneous moment and making it a memory.  Here's how I found them later that night:

He's touching her and she's not yelling "COOTIES!!!""

Cuddling on the bed together!!  Unprecedented!


  1. Awww...that last photo is so sweet! Funny how things sometimes work out, isn't it? Seems they are all very content and happy together! Now...where's room in that bed for the hu-family members? LOL! The pups rule!

  2. It's a great feeling when everyone gets along so well. Still remember when Fenway first came to live with you and things were so uncertain. Happy Days!

  3. yep after a while we get use to the brudda or the sista
    Benny & Lily

  4. These are the moments of family pack formation that make you shake your head at the sheer simple beauty and cry a little for the loving joy discovered.

  5. So glad they found their connection.

  6. Awww How cool is that! :D

    Waggin at ya,

  7. Is there room fur one more?


  8. Sweet photos! Everyone looks so relaxed!
    Nina, Myshka, Sasha, Betsy, Lucy, Phoebe and Lily

  9. Hi Y'all,

    Such a happy time! Finally to figure out ones place in the immediate world!

    Just stopped by to catch up on your happenings and say hello! Enjoy your week!

    Y'all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

  10. Such happy news! I would love for that to happen with Tommy and Louise but I'm not holding my breath.


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