I’ve had dogs before but it still surprises me how very similar and very different dogs can be. It’s also surprising how quickly you notice similarities between your dogs and yourself. I’m pretty sure Roxy was born this way, she hasn’t been here long enough to copy our habits, and it’s funny how much she takes after each of us.
Roxy is a very picky eater and doesn’t like to try new things (just like Jessie). When we first tried to feed Roxy she sniffed her bowl and walked away. It took forever to get her to try her food but when she did she wanted an unlimited supply to magically appear for her. I’m sure she would love a setup like a morphine drip for dog food. She can just push a little button and out plops a bowl of sweet potatoes and carrots laced with chicken broth.
Jessie may be getting better with her eating habits but she still has a hard time trying new authors. Janet bought her the Little House series and she refused to read it, several years ago. When she finally read one, Jessie adored it and couldn’t get enough of the series reading them over and over again. Jessie’s new ‘Oh! Would you just read the book already!’ reading choice: Harry Potter.
Roxy does not like the rain, she was definitely born in the wrong state, nor does she like the cold weather. Together? She absolutely can’t stand it outside when it’s both cold and raining. When I go to take her for a little walk around the block, if it’s cold and wet, she sniffs the air and looks up at me as if to say, ‘really? You want me to go out in this?’ (Just like Janet.) I’m thinking of sending both Roxy and Janet to Phoenix until maybe July or so.
Roxy likes to sleep. A lot of that has to do with the fact she has apnea and doesn’t sleep well at night. This little dog of mine sounds like a mini Harley fighting with a chainsaw most nights and she sleeps down the hall in Jessie’s room. Rox spends most of her spare time, during the day, taking over large chunks of the couch while lying in inappropriate, non ladylike, positions (just like me).
I love the beginnings of friendships: the getting to know your friend and their likes and dislikes. It’s an exciting time, the first few months, and I’m enjoying getting to know my new friend Roxy. Now, if you don’t mind, Roxy and I are going to go hang out on the couch. Good thing our couch is ten feet long.