Monday, November 11, 2013

Dogs Need Friends Too

When we left for a couple of weeks this summer, our dog migrated over to the neighbor's house.  I think he missed our boys, and family companionship.  He and the neighbor's dog, Bailey, became fast friends.  So when our neighbors left on vacation a few weeks ago, Bailey decided to return the favor and move in to our yard.  The neighbors returned, but Bailey is still spending a good part of his days at our house.  I'm happy for Scooter.  Dogs need friends too.  In the past, we've always had two dogs at a time, but for some reason since we adopted Scooter from a shelter 4 years ago, we've just had him. 

Scooter and Bailey, while different breeds, are both herding dogs, well-suited to the farm life.  They play rough, but you can tell while watching it that they are just having fun.

Bailey is really good at making monster faces.  Kind of reminds me of my twins when they put on monster masks and try to scare each other.  If I was Scooter, I'd be terrified of that face, but he isn't fooled.

He says, "Now who's got the upper hand?"

Yup, they sure do enjoy hanging out together.
Let's just hope that Bailey doesn't teach Scooter the joys of chasing the schoolbus!  

35 comments:

Enie Dub said...

Two gorgeous dogs! Seems like they are great companions for each other.

Buttons said...

Great shots Lisa I always worried about the way dogs play but I had brothers lots of brothers and they showed affection the very same way:) Hug B

Sunnybrook Farm said...

Happy dogs, our dog gets real territorial when other dogs are around but she seems to bark more than bite.

Nancy Claeys said...

As pack animals, I do think dogs feel more comfortable with other dogs... great photos and commentary Lisa.

Monkeywrangler said...

I see dogs play like that all the time. One pair at the rescue, a border collie mix and a little cattle dog mix, play just like that--always squabbling and snarling, chewing on each other, but it's not a serious fight.

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

Dogs DO need friends and it's probably why we generally have two dogs at a time. Ours play rough and cajole one another with mean growly faces every day... just all part of being a fun loving pup. xox LOVE THESE PHOTOS!!

SweetMarie said...

This is part of the reason we have three pups. :)
Wonderful photos and post!

Sharon Wagner said...

I love watching our cats fight. It usually starts with a lick. Sweet bath time. Awwww. Then the kill bite...

Renegades said...

Our two toy Australian shepherds have great fun together.

TexWisGirl said...

both are just gorgeous and smart pups! be safe, boys!

Out on the prairie said...

Lots of fun.Mine need to fight to welcome and impress me.in the day

mail4rosey said...

I can see them teaming up to chase the school bus, lol. Crossing my fingers they don't. :)

Great pics.

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

Great photos! I agree, dogs do need friends. These are two sweeties, monster faces and all. :-)

Kerri Farley said...

Beautiful Dogs!!!

Gail Dixon said...

These are adorable shots of their play time!! What a treat. I love dogs.

Maggid said...

Entirely precious!
Thank you for this - it's so joyful.

Harry Flashman said...

Good looking dogs. They are pack animals and do need pack mates. I usually have around five or six dogs here. People haven't been dumping them off in the woods so much as they used to though, so right now I don't have that many.

Lynn said...

I could watch animals talk and play forever, these are super shots and Bailey does know how to make a scary face-gorgeous dogs!

GardenOfDaisies said...

Yes, dogs do needs friends to play with. But that really is a scary face.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Love the pictures. Dogs playing together like that bring me so much joy. Our girl Skye plays with my daughters dog Charlie often and they have a blast!

alissa apel said...

That monster face would have scared me. Yikes. That's awesome they are good friends.

Tiggeriffic said...

Ben always wants a friend over to play with.. he is an only child.. I guess dogs are like this too.. they need friends to rough house with and show their teeth...
WE all need friends to be with and enjoy each others company.. it would be a lonely day without someone to talk with...
Have a tiggeriffic day~! ta ta for now from Iowa:)

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Very cool that he has a dog pal! No longer a one-man wolf pack...

Angela said...

They are both gorgeous pups! Our neighbor's dog would walk a mile to our house to eat our dogs food until it died of old age last month. I didn't even realize that dog was that old.

Madge Bloom said...

Good to know their friends, as some of the 'toothy' shots would look otherwise!

Chatty Crone said...

I am so glad that they found each other!!! Yes they do need friends.

Linda said...

Wow, they look kind of scary! But in the last photo they are so happy! Beautiful!

A Quiet Corner said...

Dogs are people too , you know...they thrive on companionship and Scooter and Bailey have a definite bond going!!! Scooter is still much cuter though!!!!...:)JP

JDaniel4's Mom said...

It sounds like they really enjoy their play dates.

Linda said...

You are right, dogs need friends. Our Flip is staying at our son's house while we are in The Netherlands. I know he is missing his daily runs through our forest and his girlfriend terrier Kara. Her owner says Kara is missing Flip, too. We will be home next week! Linda@Wetcreek Blog

Tanya Breese said...

awwww i love these photos! how sweet...we've always had 2 dogs too but when we got ozzy, we made him an inside dog and he's so spoiled we just haven't gotten another. he does like to play with the neighbor dogs that wander into the yard!

Michaela said...

They seem to have fun! But tough play indeed!

Lin said...

Everybody needs a friend. Including the dog. :)

Those are really pretty dogs. Well...when they aren't "snarling" at each other!

Busy Bee Suz said...

Chasing the school bus??? Wowza. They are so cute...Dogs who love dogs are awesome!!

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

Happy doggies!