Adding a new dog to our household in the last couple of days has been an adventure. Mostly good. Abe is pretty mellow and well behaved excepted at six o’clock in the morning when he wants to jump in with us. You can imagine that I don’t take that well since a.) it’s 6:00 in the morning b.) it’s spring break and I’m supposed to be able to sleep in and c.) a 77-pound Weimaraner jumping on top of me is not a pleasant experience. He’ll learn quickly that this is not acceptable behavior since Nate and I both “bark” pretty loudly when we’re cranky in the morning.
Other than that, Keeg and Abe seem to be coexisting pretty well. Abe is about 6 inches taller and 30 pounds heavier than Keegan, but their common genetic heritage really comes through. They move in tandem most of the time…doing perimeter checks of the back yard, pointing at squirrels and cats, barking at selected people walking on the sidewalk in front of our house. They even curl up to sleep with their front paws crossed in exactly the same way. It’s like a grey ghost and his little chocolate shadow.
They bring joy to our lives. Dogs love you no matter what and are always happy to see you. They take joy in their surroundings and remind us to take joy too.