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Daisy and Jasper – Best Friends Forever

DSC05819There has always been a special bond between Daisy and Jasper. They connect on a level that I have rarely seen, independent yet attached, brother and sister, mother and son. There is just something unique about it.

When I first brought Jasper and his sister home to foster, I expected Daisy to be confused and maybe a little afraid, but she wasn’t. She was curious, and maybe a little intimidated by the 8 month old puppies that had invaded her space, but she never seemed afraid.

Jasper was a strong male who was both the harasser and protector for his little sister, Jasmine. She was so small that sometimes she got bowled over by his roughness, but when she was in need, he would stand by her and protect her. It was pretty clear that he thought of her as “his”.

Daisy watched them with curiosity, soaking in everything they did with her eyes. I think she wanted to play with them, but didn’t know how. Watching them together taught her a lot about dog behavior.

puppy palsWhen Jasmine was adopted, he transferred his role as protector and harasser to Daisy. At the dog park, he would chase her and nip at her heels, so she would run and he could herd her. He taught her how to play tug of war with their toys – something she had never done before. He protected her from an overly playful Great Dane and then spent a great deal of  time grooming her after the incident, licking her face and neck with great tenderness.

Daisy acts like his mother. She watches over him and makes a point of finding him and sniffing him all over when he comes home from somewhere. She does the same thing when she has been away a while and comes home to him. She loves to nudge him when he is near so he knows she is there. She is his quiet friend and companion, all of the time.

I have always thought of Daisy and Jasper as inseparable, but when Daisy was in the hospital a few weeks ago, I noticed that Jasper seemed to be able to continue on as if nothing were amiss. I fully expected Jasper to show signs of depression or sadness. He never did, not as far as I can tell anyways. But, maybe I was feeling so worried and sad myself that I missed the subtle changes in his behavior.

Jasper harassing his big sister. He obviously knows she is feeling better. #Jasper #Daisy #dogparkWhat I notice now is how much more energy Daisy has and how much more Jasper is interacting with her. Could it be that he knew something was wrong all along and he changed his behavior to allow for her illness? Did he know she was sick long before I did?  Maybe so. And, wouldn’t that be just like a close and faithful friend?

What I know today is that the Daisy and Jasper of old are back together again. They are playful and fun and caring with one another.  Jasper spends more time grooming Daisy than months past, and he spends more time harassing her too. Daisy seems very happy with these changes. She does not seem tired or irritated with him, but instead, more engaged.

Maybe they are just as close as I always thought they were.

They just knew something was wrong sooner than I did and supported one another through the change.

What special dogs.
Happy puppies. ❤️

I think mom his some treats under here. #doggames

  1. March 19, 2015 at 7:36 AM

    What a lovely story. Dogs most certainly have skills that we are still discovering.

  2. March 19, 2015 at 8:03 AM

    My sister Katie and I are real close. It is nice to have a great bond with another dog.

  3. March 19, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    The interaction between these two is so heart-warming and sweet. ❤

  4. March 20, 2015 at 8:25 AM

    What special dogs they are! Its so wonderful when two dogs become so close. It doesn’t always happen, but its so amazing when it does.

    • Mel
      March 21, 2015 at 11:05 PM

      I agree. It really is special because I never expected it. 🙂

  5. March 23, 2015 at 1:17 PM

    I enjoyed reading about relationship with the two dogs. My daughter has two Golden Retriever pups. They have a special bond, too.

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