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Penny Calls the Cavalry

Penny has a unique talent for stirring pups up.Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, cute, montrose dog beach

She causes dogs to make faces I didn’t even know dogs could make

Penny’s exuberance even catches the attention of dogs she’s not playing with.

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, cute, montrose dog beach

It’s hard not to notice a dog who can fall down and keep running at the same time

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Penny loves being the center of attention

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But even for Penny, the spotlight can get a bit overwhelming

In the above sequence, none of the dogs were aggressive or out-of-control. Penny wasn’t in any danger but I could tell she didn’t like the odds. On the rare occasions something¬†like this happens, I used to step in to immediately defuse the situation by giving the pups a break.

These days, when Penny feels outnumbered, there’s someone else who comes to the rescue.

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Once a big brother, always a big brother

When Eko sees Penny is overwhelmed, he gallops over to even the odds. And when Eko comes barreling in, the attention immediately shifts to him instead of Penny. Eko doesn’t do anything, just his presence helps rebalance playtime.

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And the entire gang is right back to having fun

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, cute, montrose dog beach

Eko ensures the pups are all smiling

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Then sends them on their way and comes over to me for some affection

Penny appreciates the backup, and so do I! Nice to have a partner to help keep an eye on Penny.

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