I know that when Davinia was the only dog in the house that I thought she was very lonely. She would sit on the couch all day and not really play with toys or balls. She loved going for walks but she never quite seemed 100% happy. She loved cuddle time or any time that I was home with her but she still seemed bored. I decided that we needed to get her a friend that’s when I made the decision that I wanted a second dog and Indiana happened to be available. Indiana was a 9 week old rolly polly puppy that Davinia was not all that impressed with especially because her first act in the apartment was to eat Davinia’s food. Her second and even bigger offense was she woke us up very early and wanted to play. See Davinia likes to sleep in and gets pretty grumpy if you wake her too early.
Davinia and Indiana playing
Within a week they were friends and interacting with each other. Now Indiana cannot stand to be away from Davinia. As long as Davinia is by her side she will basically do anything. Maybe not climb the stairs to the second floor at grandma and grandpa’s house. But with Davinia by her side she is happy enough to stay at the kennel or let me leave her with someone else without getting upset. Davinia likes the company they cuddle together and have fun chasing lizards out on walks but she still doesn’t play with toys even when Indiana was a puppy and constantly had some sort of toy (or my socks) in her mouth.
I know we have a few readers who have pets other then dogs and cats and didn’t want them to feel left out. Plus I think it is kind of cute how the one not on the warming rocks gets all moody and upset and the other one tells him to come and join him on the rock and the world is all better again. Not only does it show that all pets need companionship (except maybe male Betas) but that they need the right environment to feel and stay healthy.
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Felissa Elfenbein is the author and creator of Two Little Cavaliers. She loves to travel and so do her two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels Davinia and Indiana. We have lived in NYC, Florida, Georgia, Berlin, Germany, & Hong Kong.
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