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June 19, 2014

Every Symphony Needs A Maestro

One of the reasons I got a second dog was so Eko could have a permanent playmate, partner and pal. I couldn’t be happier with how things are going. I love when Penny and Eko play or snuggle up together without any effort or contrivance on my part. So yesterday when I
One of the reasons I got a second dog was so Eko could have a permanent playmate, partner and pal. I couldn’t be happier with how things are going. I love when Penny and Eko play or snuggle up together without any effort or contrivance on my part.So yesterday when I took the two out on the patio I figured it would be a glorious romp in the sun. I eased into a patio chair and waited for the show to start.

Eko flopped to the ground. Penny lazily chewed a stick from the side of her mouth. All that was missing was a tumbleweed

I knew both pups had energy to burn, but neither of them showed any signs of life. At which point I looked at myself lounging with my feet up. Hi, I’m Will. And I’m a hypocrite.

Dogs are the most social of companions, they’re the ones who notice our every subtle change in mood and expression. Of course they picked up on my attitude and adopted it! A symphony needs a conductor when it’s time to play and the same is true for pups. So I picked up my baton and called the players to the stage.

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As soon as I got up, so did the pups. And when I signaled Penny…

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She rose to the occasion!

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When Penny was unable to reach a higher note, I called in the more experienced player

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This guy knows how to crescendo

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In no time at all the orchestra was playing together in harmony

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Bravo! Take a bow!

I’m glad Eko and Penny have each other, but I also appreciated the reminder as to what my responsibilities are as Human-in-Chief. I should never ask something of my pups that I’m not also willing to lead them through myself!

Comments for Every Symphony Needs A Maestro

  1. Victoria says:

    thats adorable – double the cuteness – Eko is such a good big brother and you are a pretty good Human-in-Chief – ok a really really good one!

  2. Bravo! (and Brava! to Penny)

  3. Well said! You are currently making it very easy for me to become a better ‘human-in-chief’!

  4. that is a good lesson for all of us! Mainly ME!

  5. Emmadog says:

    Very true. We pick up on the energy around us and usually behave accordingly.

  6. Bongo says:

    I think I’d better show this post to my person. She needs to get up and play with me.

  7. I loved Penny jumping for that stick. Great photo!

  8. Kyla says:

    Everyone else might be napping but the 2 kids are still going 100 miles an hour.

  9. harrispen says:

    I love those action shots. How did you manage to play and take a picture at the same time?

  10. fozziemum says:

    Stunning pictures Bravo to the conductor and indeed the players in the pit! hugs Fozziemum xx

  11. Rose says:

    What have you done that helped eko& penny have a great relationship?

  12. flying Penny :o) it’s so great that they have each other now, two pups=double joy :o)

  13. So sweet!! Donna is really mellow and I think she’d be pretty good with puppies judging from her interaction with boisterous puppies at the pet cafes. But it’s the human here who to be practical probably does not have the energy to manage dog no. 2. Wish I do though. Must be good to have the company at home. Lucky Eko and Penny!

  14. Marcela says:

    I love your posts:-)

  15. ThatJenK says:

    Great photos! And often a similar story in our house – if we want Moses and Alma to go outside and burn some energy, it’s often up to us to kick it off and get them excited about it. And, I mean, it’s fun for everyone!

  16. That was some great music playing and jumping. Very interesting the way you did this post sweet Will….enjoyable read and great pictures as always. Hugs and nose kisses

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