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April 15, 2015

Do Dogs Remember the Puppies They Meet?

We’re staying away from the parks again this week, so we’ve had to keep an eye out for other ways to have fun.  And yesterday Penny spotted the perfect way to rile up some fun. Or the perfect pup, to be more exact It was
We’re staying away from the parks again this week, so we’ve had to keep an eye out for other ways to have fun. 15.1

And yesterday Penny spotted the perfect way to rile up some fun. Or the perfect pup, to be more exact


It was our old pal Riley! We’re watching her for a couple days and the sleepover couldn’t have come at a better time

Riley is the only dog I can think of who has known both Eko and Penny since they were puppies.


That’s Eko on the right, playing with Riley in Philadelphia when they were nearly the same size


And when Riley had her first sleepover with Penny, the two were practically the same size as well

Riley is not a very big dog, nor is she overly social. Her favorite thing to do is to play fetch at the beach and she’ll generally steer clear of bigger dogs. What cracks me up is that Riley is the exact opposite when it comes to Penny and Eko. It’s like she’s an aunt/uncle who pinches your cheek no matter how old you are.


Luckily my aunts/uncles just used their fingers for pinches


Riley received a raucous and overwhelming welcome from the pups. I was about to settle everyone down…


But Riley just started throwing her weight around like she was the biggest pup in the room! It was a classic, “Don’t you get fresh with me, I’ve known you since before you were house trained!”


Riley also knows Penny’s tricks better than Penny does. Penny expected to chase and goad Riley when Riley had the tennis ball


But instead Riley kept the ball AND tackled Penny


They may be twice her size, but I think Riley still thinks of Eko and Penny as a couple of punk puppies

I for one appreciate Riley reminding Eko and Penny of their humble roots. It’s also a total hoot to see her act like the big pup on campus and throw her weight around.

Does anyone else have an adult dog who still gets treated like a puppy by older dog-friends?

Comments for Do Dogs Remember the Puppies They Meet?

  1. Emmadog says:

    Sounds like some serious fun in the making! I hope you have a home left after all the quarantine with three dogs!

  2. Eve says:

    Sounds like some good times to be had by all!! Would love to see some video! Agree with Emmadog – hope you have a home left! Have fun and enjoy the chaos!

  3. scarlybobs says:

    Kasper still likes to (try) drag Zoey across the floor by her neck flab XD

    When Zoey was a pup we lived somewhere with laminate flooring, so puppy Zoey was easily scudded across it. They both loved this. They still love it today, even if it doesn’t work as well as it used to!

  4. I’m so glad too that my uncles and aunts used their fingers for pinches… that looks more like
    a canine nip&tuck … hope Riley has moderate prices…LOL Is Riley a vizsla?

  5. Sarah says:

    Do dogs remember the puppies they meet? Let me tell you Hobbit’s story: Hobbit is a desert Kanaani — not the pure-bred almost spitz-like AKC types but the Bedouin desert dog. We found her on the edge of a wadi, 6 weeks old, unconscious, dehydrated—and took her first to the vet and later home. She has distinctive Kanaani markings, cream and light brown, and we noticed in the packs of dogs running in the wadi that there were several who looked like her. (Knowing Hobbit now, I’m sure her mom told her ‘wait right here while I moved your siblings, and I’ll be right back’ and Hobbit ignored her and tried to catch up–and got lost.) One of the wild pack living closest to us–who would sun themselves in the valley immediately below our building–had a dog that could have been Hobbit’s twin in size, markings and configuration. Then when Hobbit was about two years old, we walked along the edge of a grassy area where “wild dogs” had been seen in the past, and suddenly Hobbit alerted….but instead of barking, her tail began to slowly wag….and another Kanaani head poked out of the tall grass, leaned forward and sniffed — and the strange Kanaani’s tail began wagging. There was a lot more sniffing and wagging and then the strange Kanaani made that “chase me!” move dogs understand, and started to run up the grassy hill. Hobbit bounded up the hill to follow, until I called her back — and she was clearly torn between the familial call of the wild and me. With a reluctant look at her relative (sis? mom?) Hobbit returned to me…..but I have no doubt that dogs remember each other, and my Kanaani was recognized by a family member years later.

  6. meANXIETYme says:

    Awesome fun and awesome pictures. Glad you have a visitor to help keep the stay-at-home fun and fresh! I want to know how they sleep…does Riley join the cuddles on the couch??

  7. KarenS says:

    My Bruno always deferred to his older playmates no matter how big he was. They made sure to keep him in check! Sadly we are losing these wonderful pups to age. I miss those great dogs. And I know he misses them too.

  8. Victoria says:

    Riley is a hoot – good for her schooling the little ruffians (sorry you know i love Eko and Penny) and showing no fear of playing like a big dog- on a totally different subject -the last picture made me think of a question – will you be using Penny for the flower girl and Eko for the ring bearer in your wedding – it would be quite adorable – maybe not what Emily is thinking though

  9. Kismet says:

    Riley can stand up to Penny and that’s something.

  10. KDKH says:

    We had a small, petite cat that would exert herself and intimidate all the young puppies that came to our home. Even after they grew to be big, strong mastiffs, they yielded to her superiority!

  11. audrey says:

    Will Penny be as big as Eko? She’s almost in the pictures here!

  12. coastingnz says:

    Excellent – go Riley. Great shots Will really showcasing the fun they all had together. My old boy Jeddyboy was always the boss but still played like a puppy – but would always be the winner. Great to see the “young-ins” having respect for their elders, they could teach some humans a thing or two!

  13. The last photo says it all with Riley’s face. She is definitely the authority in this trio. We had a huge lab mix who let ANY dog dominate him. He might be 50 pounds heavier but still bowed to any dog that wanted to be the boss. Very funny to watch!

  14. fredrieka says:

    sure we remember not every behind smells alike

  15. Rene L. Hester Jensen says:

    Wow! Penny looks all grown up in the last image for this blog. She’s a beautiful pup! They’re all gorgeous dogs.

    Rene & Chi-Chi Chelmsford, MA

    Sent from my iPad

  16. What a cutie Riley is, such fun photos and time they had.

  17. O.U.C.H. that puppy pinch hurt ME clear through blogsville! Yikes but at least everyone seemed to take it in stride. 🙂 Glad the kiddos are still getting their exercise and mental stimulation even if not at the dog park/beach. Keep up the entertainment Ms. Penny, even if it means a couple humblings along the way.

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