I have a feeling that most stories about Gunner and Lily will likely include both Gunner and Lily so I’m grouping them here for their blog debut! I met Gunner and Lily about a year and a half ago after Patrick and I had been dating a little while. Patrick spoke about his dogs about as much as I spoke about Soter so I knew that me meeting his dogs was a big deal just like Patrick meeting Soter was a big deal for me. It’s funny, meeting these two separately is a whole different experience than meeting them together! I was thrown into meeting them together and I was not prepared! These two are goofy when you walk in the door, whether it’s the first time or the 1000th time! They get very excited, Lily cries and cries (which is actually her response to almost everything), Gunner assesses the situation, makes sure you’re cool and then finds his ball and does circles around you until you’ve sufficiently petted him. Although if you pet Gunner, Lily cries louder so then you pet Lily and Gunner does a tighter circle around you, cutting between you and Lily. There is no way to get from the door to the other side of the room quickly. You have to take the time to greet these two to their standards or you’ll never get through the hallway. I have to say I love walking through the door to these two. No dogs can make you feel more special or important than these two goobers.
I never had big dogs growing up. We had a cocker spaniel and a border collie/heeler mix but both were under 50 lbs. So it’s an adjustment living with giants! Both are over 100lbs which means more to love and also harder to control! I can’t walk them together; I actually can’t walk any of them together so when Patrick is working this usually means I am getting extra steps for the day with multiple outings for multiple dogs! Just walking Gunner or Lily separately is tough for me. It is nice to walk them separately because it lets me learn about them as individuals but they miss each other even in that short amount of time! When Gunner and I walk out the door Lily cries. When Gunner is done doing his business he turns and pulls me back home and bursts through the door, incredibly excited to see Lily. If one of them has to go to the vet, when they are reunited you would think they hadn’t seen each other in days. I’ve also noticed that big dogs are excellent cuddlers. Not that Soter isn’t but with big dogs you can put your whole body weight on them when you give them hugs and they don’t care! They become big pillows! The best pillows in the world! Needless to say I’m very excited for big dog cuddle sessions.
It’s certainly been an adjustment living with these two but as we are all getting used to each other we seem to be doing pretty well! What’s better than three goofy faces staring at you when you when you get home?! It’s going to be interesting meshing our little animal families but I know it’s going to be a very enjoyable ride!