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April 20, 2016

How Do You Measure The Age of a Dog?

When Penny first came on the scene, it was quite clear who the younger sibling was. No doubt that this stinker was the family puppy But a couple birthdays later, it’s immediately clear at a glance how old each dog is And thankfully, Penny’s days of decor
When Penny first came on the scene, it was quite clear who the younger sibling was.Rhodesian RIdgeback, blog, chicago, adventure

No doubt that this stinker was the family puppy

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But a couple birthdays later, it’s immediately clear at a glance how old each dog is

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And thankfully, Penny’s days of decor destruction are behind her so we can’t judge based on that either

But there are some habits and traits of this younger sibling which seem permanent.

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Such as Penny’s role of Instigator-in-Chief

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A job which she’s never taken a day off from

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But despite being hard-charging herself, Penny will always follow Eko’s lead

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This (not so) subtle discrepancy between tags is one of my favorite markers of personality. Take a wild guess at which tag belongs to which pup Rhodesian RIdgeback, blog, chicago, adventure

And of course my favorite cue – wherever Eko lays his head, so too will his little sister. Often, quite literally

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So yes, while they both may look all grown-up, there’s never a doubt about which sibling is which age

But I wonder how many of the differences between Eko and Penny are based on age and how many are based on personality. If you have more than one pup at home, what are some of the subtle ways you notice their age differences?

Comments for How Do You Measure The Age of a Dog?

  1. Jesse says:

    I am gonna guess the cleaner and less worn tags belong to Eko.

  2. Everything you noted is Macy exactly, right down to putting her head wherever mine is. She has the attention span of a 5 year old who ate candy all day. She’s always got new cuts and bumps from exploring and roughhousing. She’s my pain in the tush little sister.

  3. the green one is Eko’s right?

  4. Kismet says:

    Penny is so insane that she could be a politician and get elected. Eko is stable and wise and wouldn’t get a vote.

  5. Victoria says:

    Rigs and Muff are only 8 months apart in age – Muff wasn’t near the troublemaker her older brother was – Rigby seems to have shown her how to behave so its quite the opposite at our house but now they are both so well behaved that you can’t judge age by behavior at all – Because of Muffn’s arthritis they always think she is older by the way she walks

  6. Emmadog says:

    Energy and the ability to relax are the biggest indicators at our house. The younger we are, the more mischief too.

  7. Cupcake says:

    I don’t have a sibling, so I can always be the baby of the family….

    Love and licks,
    Cupcake

  8. Eve says:

    I think the Green tag on the left is Eko and the worn looking one on the right is Penny’s! LOL

  9. Although we are down to just one dog, when we owned a couple of OES’s you couldn’t tell age by looking at them-they both looked like fuzz-pups till the day they each crossed the Bridge. Sam defies age appearance as well; we rely on his personality and even then, he acts like a junior high ‘boy’ at heart. 🙂

  10. I’m gonna guess the more worn tags are Eko’s from Penny mouthing him 😉

  11. I dont know how u get them to wear hats, etc, but they are so cute, funny, loving, n penny mayhem could not be anymore suited for u or eko. Each day i cant wait to see what is happening now even if i dont always leave a message, u better believe i check. Thanks for ur wonderful blog. Keep it coming. ON the wkends, i cant wait to see ur post on monday. My best to u, emily, eko n of course ur penny.

  12. Great pictures, is penny’s tag on the right?

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