It only feels like 5 minutes ago since I was writing up my first ‘life with two dogs’ update, but it was actually the end of May when I posted it. These last few months have been so, so busy and I feel like I’ve blinked and missed them. Can we just talk about how it’s September soon, one more month of semi decent weather before the jumpers are pulled out for the next 8 months. * sigh *
So if you’re newish here, or missed some of my updates originally then let’s start with a quick recap. We had our eldest dog Dexter a gorgeous beagle since he was a puppy. After a year of weird behaviour with him that we couldn’t seem to correct, we had a specialist come, who basically told us, he was lonely. Since we’d moved into our house we had thought about getting another dog to keep him company anyway, we had the space to accommodate another dog and within a week of having the specialist here, we’d been to see another litter of puppies and waited a few weeks to be able to bring our little Sprocker named Charlie home.
In my last update, Charlie was waiting for his inocculations to be clear so he could finally start going on walks and within a few days of that post going live that finally happened. Unlike Dexter who we have never been able to let off the lead, due to him literally not giving a crap if you want his attention, Charlie we trusted off the lead on his first walk and he behaved pretty much perfectly and has developed a severe love of tennis balls and the game fetch – which Dexter does not like to partake in, being a sniffer dog he was way more fun tracking where a rabbit might have been about three days ago.
They also joined us for our engagement shoot where they were surprisingly well behaved for the entirety of it, whilst neither of them like to sit still to pose for too long!
At home, Dexter is definitely not lonely any more, we thought Dexter was a pretty in your face dog, but Charlie is even worse. Any time you’re giving Charlie attention he wants more of it, any time you’re giving Dexter attention, Charlie will push him out the way to get attention. Charlie thoroughly loves being around humans and human interaction, if you call him from the other side of the garden into the kitchen he’ll be there in three seconds to want to know what you want. Dexter will only come if he thinks there’s a chance you’ll be feeding him or you might have a treat, otherwise not interested.
They now spend the day together whilst we’re at work in their big kennel we built in our garden which is covered in fake grass for sunbathing, shaded areas for when it’s hot, a shed they can let themselves in and out of when it’s raining with beds inside for snoozing, and some built in toys to keep them occupied. Seriously I would happily spend the day in there, they have shit loads to do.
When they’re let out at the end of the day, all hell breaks loose. For some reason it’s like they’ve not talked to each other all day and now they have a whole garden to chase each other around, they wrestle with each other, and I’m sure from an unexperienced onlookers point of view it looks like they’re trying to kill each other. They bite each others ears, try to bite each others necks and drag one another around. It’s so comical to watch, although they do it all evening. Watching a 40 minute tv program now can take double that or more easily as we can’t hear the TV over them growling and barking at each other, but they’re happy – so we’re happy.
In the past few months Charlie has had a lot of his ‘firsts’, First trip to the beach he LOVES water and swimming, and we’ve taken him back as many times as we’ve been able to and are hoping to go again at some point over the Bank Holiday (fingers crossed for good weather!). Dexter loves the beach, but has never been that keen on the sea – or more specifically waves, he seems to grow in confidence by watching his little brother tackle things head on without a second thought, our last trip to the beach after an hour he starting managing a shallow paddle in the sea. Comparing pictures from the first posts Charlie is huge now and isn’t too much smaller than Dex really, every time we go to the vets they tell us ‘he’s going to be a big dog’ and he’s starting to be a bit of heavy lump to pick up!
Overall we’re happy with how they’re settling in together, they’re a combination of being inseparable BFFs and brothers who have to love each other, despite the fact one of them is annoying the other. Home is noisy, but I love it.