I love these two. I love them together. I love them apart. I love watching their relationship to each other.
I find it hard to believe that for FOUR YEARS, we kept them apart! Bart had such a nasty reputation in the neighborhood (mostly from stupid leash walkers who have no concept of socializing dogs or how to deal with a dog that is off leash) & Mabel was such a dominate brat...we were afraid to introduce them. But once Bart officially belonged to the bestie, we HAD to allow them to meet. As I've written before...it was such a non event!
It's a rare day we don't hike together. These two are pack mates now.
She protects him.
She corrects him.
He looks to her for guidance when meeting others.
He longs to be alpha but doesn't step on her toes.
She dashes off after coyotes. He's got her back.
Mischief seeks them both.
And I know...one day, all to soon...their rolls will reverse. I'm glad Mabel has a friend like Bart. I'm glad Bart has a friend like Mabel.