It’s the weekend and after a busy week at the computer, I am taking the day off. There is so much I want to write about, so many thoughts crowding in, but none are yet ready to make the transition from brain to paper.
Instead, I’ll share a few photos from our mid-February week of dog sitting.
Zoe came on a Tuesday. She is a black and white dynamo and Karina’s closest friend. She is a year or two older than Karina and had a litter of puppies before Kathleen rescued her.
Being more worldly than Karina, Zoe likes to introduce her to new experiences. For example, she has instructed Karina in the fine art of humping (as I said they are very close friends) and demonstrated for her how to chew a carrot, explaining why that’s better than burying it in your bed.
The two of them tussle constantly, even when they are at rest.
The Saturday after Zoe arrived, Kola was dropped off. She is an eight-year-old Rhodesian ridgeback. Kola is the dignified older sister we all wish we could have. She may occasionally act as though she is above the antics of her younger siblings, but in truth she hates to miss out on anything.
Being an older, bigger dog, Kola reminds me of our Hobbes when he was in his prime, and because of that she has captured a special piece of my heart. She is always eager to help in the kitchen and stands politely at my elbow when I’m cooking, ready to catch any stray ingredients before they slide to the floor. Whenever we return from a human-only excursion, Kola always greets us with a shoe in her mouth. As it happens, she comes from a family of shoe people.
The morning after Kola arrived, the three dogs enjoyed Sunday breakfast together and then took a moment to sit for the camera.
After the morning walk, there were naps. Zoe and Kola commit to their daytime snoozes with every fiber in their bodies.
While as hostess, Karina keeps an eye on things.
In fact, she’s a diligent hostess, getting up each night in the wee hours to make sure her guests are still safely tucked in.
At the end of the weekend, Zoe went home and a few days later, Kola did too.
hmmm, it’s beginning to look a bit like my home!! Are you tempted?
Cheryl, you know me all too well. I think a bit further down the road I will want to consider a companion for Karina. And recently Kathleen posted the photo of a hound named Duke up for adoption at Save a Dog — he looked to be the perfect male counterpart to our Karina. But the timing must be right!
Leslie in Portland, Oregon said:
I love this post, Judith. Great photographs, insightful words and a delightful video, on one of my favorite subjects: dogs together (and, especially, dogs playing with each other). The audio in the Karina/Zoe video is music to my ears. There is so much humans can learn from the animals with whom they share their lives.
I am excited that you are considering getting a second dog. Now that we have two, it is hard to imagine having just one. Of course, you are wise to pay attention to timing, but remember: the timing probably will never be perfect.
I’d love to see some photos of Bob and Henry. I think Paul and I have some traveling to do before we take on another dog. But once we decide where we want to settle next, (Arles looks mighty good :-)!) then it might be the right time.