Every Symphony Needs A Maestro

One of the reasons I got a second dog was so Eko could have a permanent playmate, partner and pal. I couldn’t be happier with how things are going. I love when Penny and Eko play or snuggle up together without any effort or contrivance on my part.

So yesterday when I took the two out on the patio I figured it would be a glorious romp in the sun. I eased into a patio chair and waited for the show to start.

Eko flopped to the ground. Penny lazily chewed a stick from the side of her mouth. All that was missing was a tumbleweed

I knew both pups had energy to burn, but neither of them showed any signs of life. At which point I looked at myself lounging with my feet up. Hi, I’m Will. And I’m a hypocrite.

Dogs are the most social of companions, they’re the ones who notice our every subtle change in mood and expression. Of course they picked up on my attitude and adopted it! A symphony needs a conductor when it’s time to play and the same is true for pups. So I picked up my baton and called the players to the stage.

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As soon as I got up, so did the pups. And when I signaled Penny…

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She rose to the occasion!

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When Penny was unable to reach a higher note, I called in the more experienced player

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This guy knows how to crescendo

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In no time at all the orchestra was playing together in harmony

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Bravo! Take a bow!

I’m glad Eko and Penny have each other, but I also appreciated the reminder as to what my responsibilities are as Human-in-Chief. I should never ask something of my pups that I’m not also willing to lead them through myself!

20 thoughts on “Every Symphony Needs A Maestro”

  1. Great photos! And often a similar story in our house – if we want Moses and Alma to go outside and burn some energy, it’s often up to us to kick it off and get them excited about it. And, I mean, it’s fun for everyone!

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  2. So sweet!! Donna is really mellow and I think she’d be pretty good with puppies judging from her interaction with boisterous puppies at the pet cafes. But it’s the human here who to be practical probably does not have the energy to manage dog no. 2. Wish I do though. Must be good to have the company at home. Lucky Eko and Penny!

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    • The key was really doing nothing at all! I gave them each a lot of individual attention, never forced them to interact and over the course of a week together they warmed up to one another quite well. Couldn’t be happier with how things are working out.

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