Two puppies, no waiting!
Stef came down to the 949 last night. She brought Roxie.
It’s funny to see how different dogs can be. Doppler and Roxie are perfect examples. There is little they share in common.
Roxie likes to play. Give her a toy, she will chew it until it ceases to exist. Doppler, on the other hand, has no clue what toys are for. She is ambivalent toward all those things Roxie has fun with.
The same goes for affection. Roxie craves attention and approval. In bed she’s a cuddler. Doppler is content laying down and being nearby, but left alone
Doppler is not a lapdog by nature. Roxie, who’s a little on the weighty side and was sold as a miniature, loves crawling into laps.
If Roxie was our 24/7 dog we’d be exhausted! She needs to be engaged.
Helaine and I took both on our nightly walk yesterday. As a courtesy to Roxie we cut back to a mile and a half from our usual two plus. Her stubby legs were working overtime. Next to Roxie, Doppler looked like a sprinter.
I’ve been asked how they get along. It’s not a simple answer. They both go out to do their business at the same time, often pulling their leashes in opposite directions. They walked last night without incident. They’re both outside in the California room right now and there is zero conflict.
However, there are times Doppler feels her space is being invaded by Roxie. She will growl and even bare her teeth. We have never seen aggressive action from her before, even when little kids poke in a less than gentle way. It’s not Roxie that bothers her as much as where Roxie is.
It’s short lived. A stern word from Helaine, Stef, or me is enough to put her back on track. We are careful she doesn’t move beyond the growl.
We love them both. They both make us happy. But, as with people, dogs have individual personalities. We try and respect that.