If one's good friends are the extension of one's family, then chances are one's good friends' dog will be included in that extension. Especially if one is oneself a dog owner.
Thus the dog of the family of one of my grand daughter's good friends became part of our family over the long Thanksgiving weekend while the poochie's family was traveling.
Whether Toby and Pinky hit it off was hard for any of us to tell; the two spent most of their time together in noisy dog-wrestling mode, but we didn't know whether they were playing or fighting, mayhaps because none of us had any expertise in interpreting doggie interaction.
So we did,
"Oh, what a beautiful dog," they'd cry, petting Toby and generally fussing over him. Then eventually they'd notice Pinky Poo. "And you're cute, too," they'd add, presumably so as not to hurt Pinky's feelings.
Fortunately, Pinky's self-esteem seemed none the worse for wear.
by Patti Liszkay
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