Love is War

Rhodesian Ridgeback, Chicago, puppy, marking our territory, penny, zeo

Valentine’s Day has many wondering the best way to a girl’s heart. Flowers? Chocolate? Well, for one particular lady, the answer is a knock-down-drag-out full on brawl. I don’t expect Penny and Zero to have the same relationship Penny and Eko had, but my hope is to help them cultivate their own brand of companionship and camaraderie. And I know the best way to do that is by encouraging my little David to battle against Goliath.

Rhodesian Ridgeback, Chicago, puppy, marking our territory, penny, zeo

The roles will be reversed in short order, but for now Zero is severely overmatched.

Penny is not the doting older sibling that Eko was. She makes little accommodation for  Zero when they’re wrestling across the carpet of their Coliseum.

Rhodesian Ridgeback, Chicago, puppy, marking our territory, penny, zeo

Zero can’t match Penny’s size or strength yet, but the wily puppy is proving his mettle

Rhodesian Ridgeback, Chicago, puppy, marking our territory, penny, zeo

Most dogs would object to a puppy hanging off their cheek, but to Penny there’s nothing more endearing than a vigorous game of bitey-face

For some, love is a gentle song with soft words. Around here, the music of love is played with crashing dog-cymbals and tails eagerly beating the floor like war drums.  It’s a wild and joyful tune I’m delighted to hear again.

Rhodesian Ridgeback, Chicago, puppy, marking our territory, penny, zeo

“What? You didn’t think I was going to go easy on him just because he’s cute, did you?”

Rhodesian Ridgeback, Chicago, puppy, marking our territory, penny, zeo

“She has no idea how big I’m going to get, does she?”

It’s only the beginning for these two, but it’s exactly the raucous beginning I hoped for. Here’s to all the battles, romps, and love to come!

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