My biggest challenge is the relationship between the two female dogs. Whenever you have, a pet there is a certain dynamic between pet and owner, but when you have two pets, there is a completely new dimension-the relationship
between the two pets. Groovy is six years old and Prada is seven. I would venture they get along as well as any two
teenage stepsisters who are one year apart.
They whine! They whine if they want out. They whine if you do not pay them enough attention. Of course, there is never enough attention. They whine if you do not feed them on time. How do they tell time anyway? Prada will show up in the kitchen at five to supervise dinner preparations. When we change to daylight savings, sure enough, at five she is right there whining. However, worst of
all, they whine about each other. I am sure if they could talk, we would hear endless whining such as, “She touched me” or “She ate my food” and “She is in my spot.”
Believe it or not, dogs pout. Dogs have thin lips-they do not pucker. When they pout, it is a frightful thing to behold. If one dog takes the other’s favorite toy, the loser will pout and storm out of the room. I am sure if she could, she would slam the door. If one of them is mad at one of us, she will pout and refuse to look at us or even come when called. It is not unusual for me to come home from work and find my wife not speaking to the greyhounds and the greyhound are not speaking to my wife or each other. Of course, everybody is glad to see me. They jump up and paw me. Sometimes, I have to tell my wife to back off until I get my coat off.
This state of tension can go on for hours or until they take revenge. Revenge consists of destroying some object like a shoe. If one of the dogs gets mad at my wife, they will take one of her shoes and chew it up. If they get mad at me, they will find one of her shoes and chew it up. I love it! If they get mad at each other, which happens often, they will steal the other’s favorite toy or pillow.