After Bubba died, Lilli was depressed. She stayed at the top of stairs waiting for him. She slumped around, walking stiffly and slowly like an old dog, and after all, she was twelve years old and arthritic. She did not eat much and all the old treats held no interest.
That was one of the reasons I decided to get a new puppy, King Bombo. Bubba had never really played with Lilli. But Bombo engages Lilli in play several times a day and they can go for an hour or more at a time. Lilli has lost most of her teeth but she still tries to hang on in a game of tug. Now she saunters around and eats competitively---even dry kibble, which she never used to eat.
Because puppies like to chew on all kinds of things poisonous, sharp and otherwise, Bombo has already cost us tons in terms of emergency vet bills. We've threatened to him that we're going to give him to the nearest sucker. But no, for all kinds of reasons, he is a keeper. What a difference a puppy makes on an older dog. Bombo likes to snuggle next to her. Sometimes she lets him.
Here is a gallery of photos showing them at play. This is taken with my iPhone, and some of the photos are not that sharp. But the lighting was lovely in our friends' Paris apartment, where we are lucky enough to be staying.
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