On Sunday my friend Sheldon brought over his two Boston terrier puppies, Juju and Tali. (Tali is in blue and Juju in purple.) When I heard dogs were coming to visit, you can imagine I was none too excited. I decided to go hide somewhere in the house. That is pretty hard now that I am a full grown capybara, not nearly as many places to hide, but I figured I’d think of something.
When the puppies showed up, they were smaller than I was expecting. Their mouths didn’t look big enough to bite a capybara. And they were maybe more afraid of me than I was of them.
Juju was the braver of the two puppies by a fair amount. She was curious about me. We sniffed each other to see if we smelled dangerous.
Then we sniffed noses. Juju smells like a dog, which is not good. But she didn’t smell like she was going to attack me. Anyway, her whole body isn’t any bigger than my head, and I think my head weighs a lot more. I don’t know what I smelled like to her but at least my nose isn’t all cold and wet.
If you look at the photo above, you can see one of the big problems with dogs. She how much bigger my head is than Juju’s? But Juju’s mouth is already bigger than mine. All dogs have gigantic mouths, the better to bite me with.
Like all dogs, Juju is crazy. With no provocation or warning, she just took off running. Melly said this is because she is a puppy but I think it is because she is a dog.
Melly said these dogs are going to be coming over a lot so I should give you a formal introduction since you’ll be seeing them in future blog posts. This is Tali. His full name is Talisman. He’s Juju’s brother but he is quite a bit taller and lankier than she is. And he’s not as brave or as rambunctious. I guess he is cute, in a dog sort of way.
This is Juju. Juju and Tali are three months old and I think they have probably been running the whole time.
This is me kissing Sheldon. He owns Juju and Tali. I think he is supposed to be training them but they are not very well trained. But I shouldn’t talk, I have done a terrible job of training Melly and my Rick.
Melly said my chickens would scratch my belly, but they never do. And Winston Bumblebee Barcode the 1st, my guinea pig co-pet, claims he doesn’t know how to scratch me either. So I thought it couldn’t hurt to see if puppies can give belly scratches.
How many hints does a dog need to figure out what they are supposed to do? Look at the photo above, did I not make myself clear?
Juju was all, “What? What? What?” It’s not her fault she’s not too bright, it’s just part of being a dog.
Disappointed, I decided to go for a swim, that always cheers me up.
When I went to my bed to relax after my swim and eat my post-swim snack, the puppies were there already pretending it was their bed!
I was going to share with them on the off chance that they might figure out how to scratch my stomach, but they both took off. I don’t think puppies can hold still for more than 15 seconds.
What’s more important, scratching my stomach or playing with each other? You live together, you can do that any time.
Just then, Coral and Flopsy the Killer Cat came over to join the crowd. Flopsy used to be scared of me but he is getting over it. He didn’t used to let me touch him, now he comes right up and rubs against me.
Flopsy is always on a leash when he is outside. I tried to help him with that but the leash is surprisingly bite proof.
I’m not sure he felt any better after our hug but you can’t say I didn’t try.
I wonder if this combination of animals has ever gone for a walk together before. History in the making!
Flopsy had a little trouble with the whole walk concept. The puppies were running everywhere, including some places they really should not have been.
I was the only one in our whole group who knew how to go on a walk properly. Do you think it would have been more polite to wait for them?
Back in the house, Flopsy the Killer Cat settled down on the fireplace, looking cute, as always.
Sheldon held the puppies on his lap for a second and I learned why they run around so much. It turns out that if they hold still for more than a minute, they fall asleep.
A video of my day with the puppies and Flopsy
I almost forgot that I have a video! You can judge for yourself how crazy those puppies are. And how hard I tried to hug Flopsy.