Littermate Syndrome

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, marking our territory

Littermate syndrome is most commonly known as a behavioral issue that can develop if you bring home two puppies from the same litter. However, we are currently dealing with a rarer form of problem wherein people believe your three-year-old dog and your six-month-old dog must be littermates. It’s quite the understandable misunderstanding. For one thing, Penny and Zero are pretty much the exact same size now.

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, marking our territory

I’m myself am guilty of momentarily mixing the two up while they’re running across the beach. While Penny was once my only flying pup:

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, marking our territory

These days she’s always accompanied by her wingdog:

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, marking our territory

It used to be quite clear who was the puppy between the two:

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, marking our territory

But since Penny is still wild and Zero is still growing, the line has become quite blurred.

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, marking our territory

“Zero, face it, you grew.”                                        “Let’s not rush to conclusions, maybe you shrunk?”

For now, it remains difficult to tell where one dog ends and the next begins.

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, marking our territory

But by the look of things, this won’t be an issue for too much longer. This morning a neighbor I hadn’t seen for a couple months walked up to us and said, “I can’t believe how big your puppy got!”

….while she was petting Penny.  And I have a feeling that won’t be the last time it happens. Luckily, Zero doesn’t mind the mix-up so long as he still gets to curl up with his “big” sister.

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, marking our territory

“Will, I have terrible news. Penny shrunk again.”

 

32 Comments

That last photo is a great one as I love his facial features!! Yes it’s takes me back to when my little brother was um well shorter than me. But that changed one summer and didn’t stop for awhile! Oh yes I bet it’ll be confusion from here on out about who is the older as I got that same problem when my brother & I were together sometimes!! Enjoy it.

OMD!!!! Zero is going to be a giant among ridgebacks, it seems. Penny will always be his hero, I bet. Too cute. Eko would be proud of how well he taught you to dog.

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