They say dogs are a man’s best friend… I agree.
Does that mean that I am also his best friend? Or am I just his pack leader? … Or, am I just the woman who feeds him, walks him and cleans up his mess?!
Do dogs even need friends?
I adopted my dog (Kofi) as a puppy and tried to give him the best start in life. He has fresh home-made meals, good exercise and plenty of training. I have socialized him from day one, just as you would a child. New sounds were introduced and we took him everywhere with us so he would get used to people and traffic.
Just like we take our children to parent-toddler groups to teach them how to play with other kids, I took Kofi to training groups so he would learn to play nicely with other dogs. And for a while it worked.
Then he hit doggy teenage years and the niceness came to an abrupt end! He bit another dog! I was mortified!!!
So I did what any responsible dog owner would do, I started to muzzle him. Again we tried to introduce him to other dogs, at a slower pace this time, but he wasn’t having it.
Kofi is now 2 years old and we take him to a different training group at the weekend. Here, he is well-behaved, follows every command, walks to heel and ignores the other dogs. Perfect! We’ve even been asked to consider giving him to the police force to become a service dog! Obviously I said no.
However, during regular walks, if we see another dog he will go into attack mode.
We can’t win!
All we want is for him to have some friends…
Luckily our prayers were answered. He finally found a friend to play with. We have visits from this friend daily and Kofi waits anxiously for his arrival. Some days he is lucky enough to have 2 visits! Kofi will follow his friend around the house happily wagging his tail and offering his toy ball to his loyal friend. It’s a match made in heaven! There hasn’t been a single fight and I hope it stays that way.
Kofi hates when his friend has to leave… He’ll sit gazing in the direction of his departure, awaiting his return.
I managed to snap this cute picture of them playing a few days ago. As you can see, Kofi has brought over his ball to share with his friend…
As you might be able to work out, Kofi’s best friend is the hoover!
He loves him to bits!
It’s lucky Kofi sheds so much otherwise his friend wouldn’t visit so often.
It’s a strange friendship but if you ever saw Kofi play with the hoover, you would agree it is definitely a friendship.
And I’m happy that he’s happy… After all, a friend is a friend, is any form !!!