My parents have two dogs. Billy and Rosie.
Half-brother and sister. Litter siblings. Complete mishmashes of various breeds. Chihuahua, Yorkie, all sorts. They have the funniest relationship - two completely different personalities, and yet they work so well as a team, they play together, they get into all sorts of mischief together.
Earlier this year they disappeared. Rosie stumbled home after four days at 4 o’clock in the morning. Billy sauntered home about thirty hours later. Their disappearance showed just how much a part of the family they’ve become. It hit the family hard. The anxiety, the worry, the sleepless nights, the daily journeys up and down from London and Brighton. The relief when they got back. We think they’d just been hanging out with badgers for a few days.
Billy loves to snooze. If he’s not doing something (ie, walking, eating, playing) he will lie down and fall asleep. He’s the muscle of the two of them. That means he’s the fatter of the two, although he has slimmed down recently. He loves to eat. That’s his favourite pastime. He’ll eat anything, even if he doesn’t like it. Ros and I once watched him spend about five minutes eating an olive, because he kept spitting it out and snorting at the saltiness of it, before tentatively picking it back up. He clearly didn’t enjoy it, but his love of eating overcame his distaste for the food. I relate, Billy.
Rosie hates sleeping. She loves to know what’s going on everywhere at all times. She’s always alert and restless - a bundle of energy and anxiety - until she crashes and zonks out. She’s also lovely and caring and licky (but not obnoxiously so). The house is dotted with her toys. An odd assortment of brightly coloured squeaky things and her personal favourite, mini tennis balls. Where Billy sleeps for lack of anything else to do, Rosie plays. She will also stare at you, like she’s trying to work out your secret.
Mum told me the loveliest thing about them. That when Billy visits the vet with Rosie in the room his heart rate is notably lower than when he visits without her. Her heart rate is just always high.
They are two lovely pups.