Just What The Doc Ordered

Reunions between dogs and people get a lot of attention on YouTube, and rightly so. But I’m an equally big fan of when dogs reunite with other dogs. The immediate and unbridled excitement never fails to make me smile. Whenever she spots a friend, Penny always turns back to me like, “Do you see who I see!?!” That joyful look on Penny’s face is extra precious to me now that Eko’s gone. Being close with another dog is a critical component of Penny’s identity and health, so we’re fortunate my brother and Doc live close by. Penny is always ecstatic to see Doc, and Doc, well, Doc has learned to weather Penny’s overbearing love in much  the same way a grandchild abides a doting grandparent.

Rhodesian Ridgeback, German Shorthaired Pointer, Chicago, Marking Our Territory

“Come here and give your favorite Penny a hug!”

Rhodesian Ridgeback, German Shorthaired Pointer, Chicago, Marking Our Territory

It appears the face you make when over-hugged is a cross-species phenomenon

Rhodesian Ridgeback, German Shorthaired Pointer, Chicago, Marking Our Territory

Same goes for being on the receiving end of an over-enthusiastic kiss!

Penny remains undeterred by Doc’s lack of reciprocation. Her specialty is pushing buttons, and with Doc she always knows just what to do in order to stir him up.

Rhodesian Ridgeback, German Shorthaired Pointer, Chicago, Marking Our Territory

“See, Doc, you jump up like this and then we fight. Got it?”

Rhodesian Ridgeback, German Shorthaired Pointer, Chicago, Marking Our Territory

Doc gets it alright, and then he gets Penny! I love watching the two of them bound around James’s backyard

Rhodesian Ridgeback, German Shorthaired Pointer, Chicago, Marking Our Territory

Both dogs rate their high-flying playdates four-paws up (off the ground)

Rhodesian Ridgeback, German Shorthaired Pointer, Chicago, Marking Our Territory

Of course, Penny’s problem is that she’s not always sure how to land. Somehow she always seems to get stuck on Doc

Rhodesian Ridgeback, German Shorthaired Pointer, Chicago, Marking Our Territory

Doc learned from Eko that the best way to deactivate Penny is to simply stay still. No matter where she happens to be

Rhodesian Ridgeback, German Shorthaired Pointer, Chicago, Marking Our Territory

 Doc’s a stand-up/on friend

Rhodesian Ridgeback, German Shorthaired Pointer, Chicago, Marking Our Territory

This happens so often that Doc isn’t even phased by it anymore

 For whatever ails us, Penny and I are lucky that we always have a Doc to call on. Watching two dog friends reunite and play is a panacea for the soul.

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