Their names aren’t Day and Night, their personalities are. Who would’ve thought that two dogs so different could be reside in our house? They’ve been raised the same way and experience my family’s lifestyle together every day, and yet they are two completely different animals, other than sharing the common traits of having fur and a canine mindset.
Thea is a dark chocolate Labrador and if I had to pick another animal that she acts like, it’d be a goat. As a puppy, she ate everything, just like goats. Dish rags, baby socks, any food that fell on the floor, a corn cob (that’s a very long story), and various things outside (I’ll leave it to your imagination, but we live on a small farm, just so you know) all disappeared without warning. Thea still has an appetite for tissues and paper towels, but thankfully she has lost it for all the other gross, and sometimes dangerous, things she tried to eat. Our Lab is one of the friendliest dogs I have ever met, as I’ve heard most Labradors are. She gets so excited to meet everyone, she can hardly contain herself. She loves to meet new people, and her favorite things to do are probably eat, chase squirrels, bark at nothing out of the ordinary, and be petted.
Then there’s Buttercup. Buttercup’s ‘alter-animal’ would be a chicken. It’s embarrassing. She is an English Mastiff, and weighs at least 125 lbs (I don’t think she’d mind me sharing her weight….). But our dog, who is commonly referred to by new acquaintances as a horse because of her size, is cowardly! She is scared to death to meet strangers! A huge, intimidating dog! She is the sweetest thing around us, but that’s about the extent of her affection. I’m not sure how big she thinks she is, but it can’t be very big at all- first of all because of her fear of people, and second of all, she still thinks she can sit in our lap(s). When we got her as a little puppy, everyone held her. So I guess growing up with that, she still thinks it should happen. Visualize the 125 lb. dog coming and standing in front of you while you are sitting on the sofa, then flopping sideways to get her whole body on you, your neighbor sitting next to you, and their neighbor as well! Other times she just sits down on the sofa next to us. However I must say, during the winter it’s quite nice to have a heated lap-warmer! 🙂 The only drawback is that she leaves cat-like hair all over the place….and it’s blonde. Buttercup’s favorite things to do are chase cars (there’s a faded part in the grass where she runs every time), lay around, and find different ways to invade your personal space.
So, there you go- two dogs as different as can be, even in color! I love them both, and am so grateful that God gave them to our family.
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