January 8, 2012

White Dog crashed full speed back into the house and her momentum carried her into the kitchen where Steve greeted her with "I saw you doing zoomies out in the yard!" As he spoke those words, YoYoMa came bounding through the dog door and screeched to a halt against my legs. He was panting and after a moment, took off to find White Dog.

This was one of those firsts that you never have the camera ready for. White Dog and Yet Another White Dog had been out in the yard not doing zoomies, but PLAYING chase TOGETHER!

Now from YoYoMa's perspective this is no big deal. He has been looking for a playmate since he arrived this summer. But none of the others are players. They walk together well, yes...and even are beginning to lie side-by-side...but nobody interactively played. In fact, Quinn takes YoYoMa's invitation to play as aggression and goes running for dad  (or hides).

If some pup is playing fetch with Steve, for example, and another tries to join in, it is game over. White Dog, as the Queen of the White Dog Army, has always held herself above the riff-raff (she even eats separately from them).

Steve has discovered that White Dog and YAWD are actually well-matched on walks; both like a fast pace and a long course. Yo has no trouble keeping up and is happy to allow WD to lead. Of late, when at the Park where White Dog usually is allowed to be leash-free, she runs her joyous laps but returns to guide and taunt YoYoMa (and Steve) into following her quick lead at a run.

This morning was a delight in the grey chill as both dogs enjoyed each other's relative youth and energy, coming in with cold furs and happy panting faces. There was no cuddling or special moment after, they simply had shared some time in the yard and nothing more.

To us, however, it was a huge sign that the WDA was starting to form bonds. None of the Army understood why I proclaimed, "Breakfast duck jerky for everyone!" but they did not hesitate to line up either.


Nola said...

That's great news!
Dachshund Nola

Amber DaWeenie said...

Wonderful! Maybe the cold weather has perked them up!

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Yes, those bonding moments, fleeting though they be, are such great signs. It took a while here for Thunder to decide Lightning was OK, but now they are best buds (as long as there is no food around).

Hope there are more zoomies today.

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

Random Felines said...

YEAH!!! We are so glad that Yo has found someone to run with him!!

ra husky said...

Happy husky woooos!


Brian said...

We just love those terrific WD moments!!!

Kari in Vegas said...

Baily and Big Carl have been playing together lately so I understand that excitement of the firsts!

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Teddy Bear said...

Such wonderful news!!!:) It's great to see the pack coming together.:)

Teddy Bear & Sierra

24 Paws of Love said...

That is simply awesome!! I love those kind of moments. They are simply the best! There is nothing better than when they decide on their own and just enjoy each others company.

This is so wonderful! There is NOTHING that time, love and patience can not overcome. :) Get the camera ready, becauseif it happened once, it will happen again. :)

Tweedles -- that's me said...

It sounded like a very good day to me

Takie Reyes said...

Wow such a wonderful Dog! i love white that why i love those dog has a white hair. its looks clean and neat.

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Sagira said...

I love watching pups play. Bokeh and Sagira have wrestle mania in our living room every night. Most would probably be annoyed but I love that they love each other and play like that.

That is how it always seems to go, never have the camera there when you really need it.