I don't think either one of us realized what a challenge it is to have two pups of roughly the same age in the house. Our previous experience had involved introducing Reesie as a pup into an already existing pack - Laurent, Bundnie and myself. The establishment of pack order has been an interesting - in the Chinese proverb sense of the word - experience.
Since that first day when I sat in the back seat of the car holding them Nicky has been a whiner and Nora the gregarious one. Those traits have only increased as they have gotten older. Nick still whines a great deal and Nora thinks that her mission in life is to lick and kiss people. Nick has also given us a series of other problems: He is also afraid of other dogs but unfortunately that takes the form of aggression - sort of I'll snap at them before they snap at me. It has happened on a few occasions during our walks at Villa Torlonia and has been a real source of concern. We are working with a very good Danish trainer to nip this in the bud. And Christmas Eve, the first time he had been around a group of people, he seemed to be afraid of them - including one friend he had been playing with only the day before - and was extremely skittish.
There are a few other traits that I won't go into here as this tends to be a family oriented blog but let's just say that Nick has not realized that Nora has been spade and also that if he continues to hump her head he may not need that aggression training!
26 decembre - San Stefano