Monday, October 20, 2008

Extended Family

This here is Klaus and Sabrina of the Vogel family. And two of Janka's most favourite playmates.

Nothing gives her more joy than to visit these dogs and spend an afternoon of tumbling, chasing, snapping, barking, rolling and wrestling with wild puppy abandon. She recognizes the landmarks as we approach the Vogels' residence, and begins a pathetic incessant whine that starts about 10 minutes away from our destination. The moment each pup sees each other, it is instant pandemonium. They jump right into play without hesitation, like a pair of twins continuing a conversation that ended the last time they talked. No polite "Hello, how do you do?" between Janka and Klaus, they go right to business.

Klaus is Janka's littermate. We met him and his owner the day we picked up Janka. Since then, the two families have become good friends. While I am unsure whether Janka realizes that Klaus is her brother, both German Shepherds have developed a deep bond.

Despite sharing a strong genetic denomination, both puppies are as different as night and day, from coloration to personality. It is fun to compare the differences, and yet mutually agree that one individual complements the other perfectly. They are my little Ying and Yang.

I enjoy watching their interactions, and am eager to observe these two beautiful German Shepherds mature alongside each other. It will be a beautiful adventure, and I am thrilled to be able to share it with her brother.

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