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Friday, January 8, 2010

Bobsy Twins--Papillon Companions Enjoy similar Style in Many Ways

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(c) photo copyright Carrie Boyko 2009
Jacque Enjoys the Pool Deck 
on a Cool Day

(c) photo copyright Carrie Boyko 2009
Oliver Shows Off His New Sweater

Getting family together for holidays is always fun. At our house we even include the pups. Oliver particularly enjoys a rough and tumble romp with his Papillon buddy, Jacque--my mother's rescued Pap.

Their play styles have always been good entertainment; the two spend hours playing tag and doing what I call the Tumbleweed Roll. It often is difficult to tell where one dog ends and the other begins.

The two apparently have similar fashion style, as well, evident in the photos above showing their matching sweaters worn on Christmas.

Although Oliver and Jacque are not technically related, they do share the same coloring and breed. Jacque is larger and taller, while Oliver sports a more average stature for a male Pap.

Jacque and Oliver's get togethers are a regular part of their socialization. Spending time with other dogs is extremely important to their proper socialization, and Jacque is doing a good job becoming a member of our family. He enjoys regular visits to the dog park, where he is learning to enjoy playing with dogs of all types and sizes.

Recently Jacque had an opportunity to join my three at their favorite hang out, Bow Wow Resort, where they get to "Hang with the Ruff Crowd." Owner, Julie Fisher, assisted Jacque with adapting to the group by allowing he and Oliver to play alone for a few minutes in a small area, and then adding the other dogs gradually. Jacque enjoyed his 'day at the park' and everyone there enjoyed him too.

We all hope that the dogs in your extended family get an opportunity to socialize along with you. While it may take a little extra effort to accommodate everyone's needs, it is ultimately a good thing for everyone--dogs and family. Why not make this one of your New Year's Resolutions?

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