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The puppies are playing right now. Crianza is using her ability to jump on things that Celosa can't reach to her advantage. She's standing on the bed and lording over her little sister. But Celosa is learning. She can jump on both couches now, and she's nearly able to jump on the comfy chair. I give her a few weeks for the bed, but not for lack of trying.

Earlier tonight, they were playing "I've got the moose." Crianza has had moose from early puppy hood (along with companion mouse, who I found in a waterbowl yesterday), and she and Celosa were trading it back and forth as a sort of victory prize/taunt. One would grab the moose, run off at full speed (sometimes jumping on a couch), and the other would give chase. The chaser would pounce, dislodging the moose, and they'd tussle for awhile. Then, someone would pick up the moose and start running again.

When Crianza had the moose, she'd taunt her sister by either nudging it close to Celosa or, worse, squeaking. Eventually, Celosa would take the bait and the inevitable wrestling match would take place. Crianza's squeaking ended, though, when Celosa figured out how to make the moose squeak. I don't think Crianza was too pleased to have her sister discover the important secret of the moose.

I think that if you'd asked Crianza three weeks ago what she thought of her new sister, she would have glared and told you to fuck off. Today, though, she's overjoyed that she has a little sister. She has someone who is always willing to play with her, and more importantly, knows how. Theirs is a complicated game, involving all sorts of twists and contortions. Crianza jumps on furniture for a half second, only long enough to the cushion as a launching point for her next pass through the TV room. Celosa is too little to make that sort of jump, but she has amazing speed, and she'll probably be faster than everyone in the family by the time she's finished growing. They run and they wrestle. They bark and they silently fight. Sometimes Celosa is flipped over, but usually, her butt is in the air as she tries to pull Crianza low. Or she's taking a flying leap into her sister, grabbing on to whatever fur is available.. But above all they instinctively know what's the what, and no one had to explain anything. Crianza is never too rough with the puppy, though occasionally, the puppy pulls too hard or, worse, wants to play when Crianza is trying to pee. But it's a small price to pay for this awesome companionship.

Their came of chase is over now, and they're both sitting on the couch behind me. The moose is under Crianza's mouth, and Celosa is sitting right behind her, waiting to see what will happen next. I think they're tired, as they've been pretty much been playing non-stop since I got home five hours ago. And they'll sleep well tonight. And they'll start playing all over again in the morning.


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Mar. 24th, 2009 04:18 am (UTC)
thye are so beautiufl!

are those cusihons on teh floor by the couch so celosa can get up on it?

i rmemeber when you and relampago used to come over to our house inhayward.

Mar. 24th, 2009 04:20 am (UTC)
Yep. She probably won't need them anymore in a week or so, but they help her get up. She doesn't even think about it anymore, and she's pretty much able to get off of every piece of furniture, including the bed, without help.

I remember coming to visit you too!!
Mar. 24th, 2009 04:53 am (UTC)
They're beautiful puppies! I'm so glad you all have each other.
Mar. 24th, 2009 05:07 am (UTC)
I showed the earlier pictures of Celosa to the very small person, who loved the "pictures of the puppy." She's going to squee over these new ones.

Both dogs are adorable.
Mar. 24th, 2009 06:20 am (UTC)
omg so cute :)
Mar. 24th, 2009 02:16 pm (UTC)
dogs are always cute all on their own. your dogs are cuter because their eyes peeking out from their coat and their pink tongues sticking out....absolutely adorable.
Mar. 24th, 2009 07:05 pm (UTC)
I'm exhausted just reading that! They are just so cute!

Simon and Smudge play similar games, but Smudge's learning curve is sadly bent. He came to us not knowing how to play, and it took him far too long to learn from Simon, though they're awesome in their brotherliness now.

Sophie, alas, still doesn't play well with others. Or alone, really. Though even Smudge learned quickly that when Sophie spazzes out with a toy, just sit back and watch the spectacle, and don't try to steal the toy away.

/wants to go home and play with her kitties...
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