Today the pups really started to play together. After a good part of the day away from home, we released a whirlwind into the yard. A red streak with an incredible burst of speed zoomed past us, Spike in hot pursuit. They zoomed around the field, Adia zig and zagging around invisible obstacles, Spike running his wee little heart out. There was joy of the game in Spike’s face. With elderly sisters, there hadn’t been much fun for ages…
I’ve been very careful to include Spike in the training sessions and I think that is working to help the transition to a new sister. Sitting side by side builds their relationship. It does highlight the difference between them: Spike was a super fast learner and revelled in the training game; Adia is somewhat slower but if we slog through many repetitions she figures it out. She is missing the spark, but that spark comes with some negative traits as well. Mr. Naughty is reactive and excitable. He never forgets, especially if it is a bad thing. He’s sensitive. When he is good, he is very very good, but when he is bad he is horrid.
I won’t say yet where we were today except to say that all my fingers are crossed. I may be getting really excited about something ;-)
Pat came over last night to meet Adia. They took to each other immediately and will be good pals.
“We need old friends to help us grow old and new friends to help us stay young.”
~Letty Cottin Pogrebin