When I found out that Tippy and Huckleberry were finally going to meet for the first time since they were puppies, over 4 years ago, I pictured in my mind what the reunion would be like. You know, the slow motion running to each other, giving doggie hugs and kisses, and immediately playing. Of course, real life never quite works out that way.
The initial greeting was tentative. There were lots of polite sniffing and a little bit of low growling. To get that under control, we took them for a walk together and then came back for the event. I wonder if our expectations about the meeting produced some unintentional nervous energy? We were just so excited for them to meet and for us to meet also.
Even though they probably didn’t remember each other, they sure did act like sisters, the kind that have a love/hate relationship.
They initially refused to be near one another.
As Jane and I talked, we did realize just how much alike they are. They both lay with their paws crossed, dislike most men, hate large tucks, love peanut butter (they placed 1st and 2nd in the peanut butter eating contest), love their back to be scratched at the same place, have allergies, and have similar mannerisms, have a cow lick in the same place, and prefer Frisbees over balls. Without jealousy, each one loved on the other’s furmom – like we were one happy family of 4.
Eventually, we were able to get them to sit together, even if it was just for the judging of the Biggest Dog competition and a quick picture. Of course, the Great Dane won and Huckleberry came in second, as she is just a little bit taller than Tippy.
Everything considered, I think the meeting went well. We are planning to get together again next month, when they can just play, without all of the distractions, and when Huckleberry isn’t tired from a trip to the beach and riding all morning.
These two pictures show how much alike they are. What do you think?
We did manage to get one good picture of them before they had to leave.
We hope all of your holiday family reunions go as well as this one did…with a lot of love for everyone to spread around, lots of tail wags, some polite sniffing, and only a small amount of growling, if any at all.