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What lies ahead
Photo taken 6 November 2010

Photo taken 12 November 2010

Within a day of being late with their monthly dose of Comfortis, I found a tiny little flea on Bowpi, which I quickly nabbed and smashed to death in a fold of Scotch tape. Ugh! Don’t they know it’s November already?! We may very well be on flea medication all year here, now that we have two dogs and a compulsive fear of allergies (Bowdu’s only gotten flea drops 3 ~ 6 months of the year before). I suppose this nuisance is in exchange for not having to deal with snow.

Nevertheless, temperatures do drop here in Northern California, as they have the past few days. Nights when it gets down to the high 50’s/low 60’s indoors, Bowpi’s been extra snuggly under the covers. Her favorite spot is smack-dab between the Doggy Daddy and me. We deem this fair and appropriate. Both of us benefit from her heat, and she gets the additional security of a human torso enclosure.

This is one of the biggest differences between Bowdu and Bowpi that might be generalizable to their breeds. While both Shiba Inu and Basenji are primitive dogs that are supposed to be “aloof” (particularly with strangers) and “independent minded,” Bowpi seems to have a much higher threshold, indeed, a desire for human touch. Sometimes when people, even guests, are sitting on the living room couch, she’ll jump up and eventually sneak her way onto an open lap. One minute she’s just leaning against you, and the next thing you know, she’s got you weighted down with 22 pounds of persistance. It’s actually somewhat awkward, since she’s a leggy, angular creature with all sorts of anatomical corners that don’t fit nicely against human surfaces. At least she accepts being shifted and adjusted without complaint!

Bowdu, on the other hand, is much more nonchalant about physical attention, and often gives the impression that he’d rather do without it — especially when he’s sleeping. This is why he gets his own bed, whereas we haven’t bothered getting one just for Bowpi. Her previous owner said she won’t sleep in a doggy bed by herself, though she likes to share.

And Bowdu sure as hell isn’t known for being a good sharer.

Anyway, he’s got enough fur to maintain his own body temperatures. The furless humans are happy to keep sharing Bowpi’s warmth, but not her bugs. We’ll be having another dose of Comfortis, please.