There are many stories, reviews of travels and eateries waiting to be told, yet tonight I feel like writing about dear James and Zoey, my two dogs. It’s been roughly three months since we’ve had James and four months since we’ve had Zoey. Time flies happily when you have dogs and I have to say they really are good for the heart and soul. I smile whenever I talk about them and if you talked to me about dogs, I could spend a long while discussing them with you. Make sure you have a chair. There’s something about dogs that is good for the soul. Its no wonder they have been man’s companions since times past.
James the labrador is a heart breaker. He has one of the most innocent looking faces especially when he is sitting quietly looking in quiet anticipation of a treat or snack. He doesn’t jump, nor does he offer his paw, he just sits quietly looking up (for that’s how he has been trained) at you hoping that whatever you are doing will provide him with some snack. Labradors have a voracious appetite and James is no exception.
If you are a bit late with the food, he doesn’t complain but just quietly goes and sleep by the food box, just “in case” you forgot. He would do anything for a snack so training him is easy. All I have to do is have a snack in my hand and go through the motions together with the words. Apart from sitting, rollover, heel, fetch and a few other tricks, my favourite is “Bang bang” where James temporarily acts dead.
I make my hand into a gun, point it at James, and he falls on his back with his paws up as if he were dead. After awhile his paws fall down and if you go “bang bang” they go up again. It makes me laugh just thinking about it. It’s incredibly cute especially with his big paws.
James’ babyish charms also get to me. When he was a puppy, I’d let him crawl onto my lap and sit on it looking out at the garden. Now that he weighs 18kgs he still attempts to climb onto my lap like a baby wanting to be hugged, only to be turned down because his head alone is as large as my lap. He hasn’t realized how large he has grown. It melts my heart.
Zoey, by contrast is a petite, light weight and delicately built Thai dog with a small little face and two black patches that give her a distinct look. She came together with the house is what we like to say. A sort of “free gift” that popped along with the house and we didn’t have the heart to just throw her out. She was a mere puppy with a wagging tail and two beady eyes.
Unlike James who runs through water and jumps in whenever he can, Zoey is a clean and polite lady. She dislikes water and rain and if the grass is wet, she’d walk on the stone slabs we have laid out. If she wants to walk around the garden, she’d jump onto the little ledge we have along the fence and tiptoe along its walls.
She is also easily distracted living in her own world like a little girl chasing butterflies. Once let into the garden, she’d run from back to front in a speed that’ll make you wonder if she was a tiny replica of a horse or maybe some sort of greyhound. She also jumps high. Sometimes just for the sake of it, she’d jump over James while running as if he were some part of an obstacle course.
Oh and yes, she can also play “dead” with the “bang bang.” Her tiny legs come up into the air. She too can be cute when she wants to.
Don’t be fooled though by looks and behaviour. Amongst the two dogs, Zoey’s function in life is to be a guard dog. She instinctively barks at any strangers with a bark that’d make you wonder how it could have come from such a small dog. She doesn’t trust people easily and is a fearsome hunter. My garden has no lizards or crawling insects. She kills them all. Sometimes she jumps up in the air to snatch a flying insect. In the mornings, she looks up into the trees longing to get that squirrel by the mango tree. Zoey is a hunter. She lives to hunt.
James’s purpose in life? His purpose is to just be cute. He melts your heart into a soft gooey slush and puts a smile on our face. He fetches balls and frisbees, acts dead and do rollovers. Nothing useful, nothing with a purpose, but just pure FUN!
So that’s Zoey and James. Two dogs, two characters. Two different barks. Wolf! Wolf!