(1/2) Meet the most recent additions to my regular rotation of dogs I walk during the week:
The tandem homebodies known as Dakota and Alex.
Up there in age, this pair of pals will win you over with their elder charms.
Outside of the usual rigamarole of bathroom breaks, both their worlds revolve around eating breakfast and dinner, and treats- they absolutely live for those doggy snacks. Want to see them really come alive? Mention the words "treat" in their presence. When they know you're about to indulge them, they'll sit obediently next to the closet where the goodies are kept and wiggle while licking their eager chops in euphoric anticipation as you crack a bag of Chicken 'N Waffle bites. Their personal sun sets and rise to crack of a treats bag seal.
When these two snack fiends aren't getting their treat fix, Dakota and Alex are both content to just hang out inside and laze about on the couch or bed. Being a part-time homebody myself, I can appreciate the uncomplicated pleasures derived from lounging. If you've ever heard someone remark on the jealousy they feel for a dog's life and how, without a second thought, they'd love to trade places with them- these two lead the exact sort of lives you'd want to embody as a dog.
Their slowing down as they get up there in age has not taken the bloom off the rose of their doggy charms whatsoever. For Dakota and Alex, the trade-off of bustling puppy youth gave way to a shared, lumpen adorableness is sure to still make you fall for them just the same.
They're each like a lovable character from a popular sitcom whose screen time is minimal but memorable whose only purpose is to color the show with sweetness any time they appear on screen.
It never fails to make me laugh to see Dakota sunk in a peaceful sleep when I come in. He's always in such deep slumber that it takes a few minutes to wake him up. Once awake, he's so groggy, I usually have to scoop him and carry him to the area I put their leashes on.
These afternoon walks serve exactly two purposes for Dakota and Alex: The first is for a potty break; the second is the treats they know are waiting for them when they get back inside.