Arya and Pari.
I have noticed that Arya is getting very clingy with Pari. Its almost like she wants Pari’s approval for everything. Sandy my Dalmatian, was like that when she first came in to our house. She was my previous boxer’s shadow, Lizzy’s.
Arya follows Pari around, does what she does, and prefers keeping Pari in her field of vision! If Pari is out, Arya wants to go out to the balcony, even if Arya was midway through her meal! She prefers the company of Pari for playing, although Pari is quite possessive about her toys, Arya does manage to coax Pari into playing tug-of-war with her every now and then.
If Arya is in a playful mood, the only person she will needle is Pari. The next fall back option is Pluto. Pari and Arya can play for quite some time, till Arya gets tired and flops on the ground!
When Pari is out on her walk, Arya is very restless. She waits near the front door, agog with anticipation about Pari’s return. Any sound and her ears stand tall to find out if its Pari arriving. The moment Pari enters the front door, Arya is all over her, licking and hugging her, and I dont mean that figuratively! Arya fawns over Pari like she is a long lost warrior, with spoils of the war! She will stand on her hind legs and wrap her forelimbs around Pari’s neck. But Pari has a stead fast devotion to food! Which she dashes across to, after her walk. After licking her bowl clean, Pari gives attention to Arya’s fondling!
If Pari is not around, Arya pays even less attention to the folks around her. She is most devoted to me in the family, but even I am somewhere in the labyrinth of her mental processes until Pari is home!
Its been 5 months to the day since Arya became part of our family. There were a lot of rough edges that agitated Pari no end and then and they would get into these vicious fights! And breaking them up was up to me, since nobody else was brave enough to get in their faces. Arya is a light weight and all I had to do was bodily lift her up from the fight and the whole think would diffuse like a balloon pricked by a needle! Moments later they would be licking and cuddling like nothing bad ever happened! Since the last 2 months, they’ve hardly had any face-offs, more because Arya is in a good place now, secure in our love for her, and quite very wary now, around chow time and with Pari’s toys. She knows now what triggers Pari and keeps away from it. Pari too, for her part, is getting over the new-dog syndrome with Arya and accepted her. Boxers, I tell you!
But the girl pals are one lovey-dovey couple! There is endless licking and following!
Sandy, my Dalmatian, has not formed a bond with anyone after the demise of my boxer, Lizzy. If anything, she is clingy to me. She doesn’t hanker for any other doggie company. She lies in wait for me when I go out and will park herself at the balcony entrance, not entering the house till I return. Arya does the same when Pari has left the house!
The best part is snooze time! If we are all in the living room, and Pari is up on the sofa, Arya wants to get up on the same one, and then they sleep close to each other, touching each other! Same with the bay window. One of Arya’s favorite places! If we are all in the bedroom, and Pari has called first dibs on the bed, Arya will squeeze herself into whatever tiny place is available near Pari and sleep. Over time, they each stretch out comfortably, accommodating each other.
The only time Arya doesn’t care about Pari or her whereabouts, is when there is a car journey involved! Then Arya could not be bothered who is in the car, as long as she is in and the car is moving!