An Old Dog Falls for an Old Trick

This past weekend Penny had her first opportunity to play host. While my brother James was off running a crazy race for charity, Dutch spent the weekend as our guest.

Dutch is a sweet, sweet velcro pup. He’s attached to my brother’s hip and generally has no interest in other dogs. While Penny storms the beaches looking for trouble and friends, Dutch is perfectly content ignoring every other person/dog so he can focus on fetch. Dutch’s solo act played out as expected for the first half of the weekend.Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, adventure, marking our territory, dogs, chicago

Penny wanted Dutch to play on the patio but he was content to turn his back and munch on a stick

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, adventure, marking our territory, dogs, chicago

The gang would gather round when I rang the dinner bell, but aside from meals, Dutch mostly kept his distance from the youngins 

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, adventure, marking our territory, dogs, chicago

But eventually Dutch became more comfortable around Penny. I think having Eko as a barrier helped with Dutch’s confidence here

After a particularly frantic mealtime frenzy I asked Emily what she thought about having three dogs. I believe this face says it all.

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, adventure, marking our territory, dogs, chicago

Two is just about all Emily’s lap can handle! But check out who joined the couch club

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, adventure, marking our territory, dogs, chicago

(Obligatory photo of Emily smiling, otherwise I’m in big trouble for just posting the funny-faced one.)

It took a couple of days, but the old lone wolf settled in nicely with his family pack. When Dutch first met Penny he wanted less than nothing to do with his annoying little cousin. But it seems this old dog fell for the oldest trick in the book: puppy dogs eyes!

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, adventure, marking our territory, dogs, chicago

“Hey, Dutch, can I pretty please sleep on you!?”

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, adventure, marking our territory, dogs, chicagoIt appears not even dogs are immune to the charm of puppy eyes

Dutch soon returns to life as an only pup, and I’m sure he’ll appreciate the quiet. Until then, I think the old curmudgeon is not-so-secretly enjoying his new friendship with Penny.

34 Comments

1 2 3 4

Add a Response

Your name, email address, and comment are required. We will not publish your email.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

The following HTML tags can be used in the comment field: <a href="" title="" rel=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <pre> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

%d bloggers like this: