The Family That Plays Together, Stays Together

I know I’m very lucky Eko and Penny get along so well, but I think to a certain extent I’ve taken for granted why they get along so well. Sure, Eko’s patient. And yes, Penny has an infectious puppy charm. But I don’t think either one of those things best explains how these two stay close.

I think a better explanation is that Eko and Penny bring out the best in each other through play. After a couple days of avoiding Penny when I first brought her home, Eko just couldn’t resist romping with the little ball of energy. And the two have been romping ever since.
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Even with a full beach of dogs to choose from, Penny will beg for Eko to play with her

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While Eko may shrug off offers from other pups, he never turns down an invitation from his sister

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Nothing makes Penny smile quite like trying to keep up with Eko

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And nothing makes Eko bounce around like a puppy more than having Penny hot on his tail

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I love all our time at the beach, but nothing makes me happier than when I see these two playing together

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Clearly nothing makes them happier either!

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Except for maybe making the cameraman jump out of the way every time they fly by. I’m pretty sure they do it on purpose just for yucks

 Of course we love to play, but around here we also play to love!

18 Comments

Will, how old is Echo and do you think that Penny being female had anything to do with their affinity for each other. We adopted a female Rottweiler from the pound in Jacksonville after our beloved Leonberger Titan died unexpectedly. We had no idea of Karma’s background; the pound estimated her as about 3 and said she must have given birth recently as she was still lactating when found. She was the only dog in the house for about 3 months. Then we received an unexpected call from Leo Rescue and we adopted Orflaith, another female, at 4 years old. They tolerate each other. The Leo is very subservient, except when food is involved. The Rottie definetly bosses her around. But I don’t see any real bond of affection between them. I would say that Karma is definitely jealous of Orflaith, especially when affection is being given. We are very careful to treat them equally. One never gets a pet or a treat that the other does not. They are always taken for walks and excursions together. Yet they do not appear to have bonded(it has been over 5 years) and they usually spend their days at opposite ends of the house. I often wonder if it is the two female issue. Opinions?

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