This past weekend Jacque and Oliver had another visit. They have spent quite a few days together, playing while my mother and I catch up. Once, I kept Jacque for a few days while my mother was away, and they got a good dose of bonding during that visit.
Even Tanner has enjoyed playing with his "cousin" Jacque, although Oliver has hogged most of his little companion's time. Each time Jacque and Oliver meet the scene is the same--instant Tumbleweed action. The picture below is what I call the tumbleweed; it's rather hard to tell which part of the ball of fur is Oliver and which is Jacque. They're wrestling so intensely that you can hardly tell where one dog ends and the other begins. It is this adorable, unending enthusiasm for playing with one another that has me leaning toward a conclusion to my theory. I believe male bonding does occur in dogs.
Now that I think of it, Tanner's favorite playmates, both at the dog park and his doggie daycare where he plays when I'm gone all day, are mostly (if not all) males. Perhaps there is a message in there. I'd like to study this a little further. Comments?