If it wasn’t apparent enough through our Facebook and Instagram posts, we love our dogs. We love that as much as humans could possibly love a dog. To sum it up, they are our fur babies.
Each of our dogs are not just different in size and appearance, but their personalities are different too. Although Lucy is a lot older than Clem, they both share some of the same personality traits as well. Here’s some quick facts about our little ladies!
Clem, our first baby, is first up:
- When she is really excited, she spins around in circles uncontrollably. Its quite hilarious to us, but when she decides to play with her sister, Lucy is never amused.
- She is cuddly in the morning and at night. Her cuddling usually morphs into her lick us wherever we have skin showing.
- We can pick Clem up in any configuration, any direction, or any height, and she will be not be phased. Let’s just say that we play a lot of “Lion King” together, ha ha.
- When we adopted her last year, she had tons of black spots on the very back of her tongue. She has gained two more in the last year. We think her whole tongue may become all black.
- She is only 25 pounds, but she has the energy of a horse on speed, driving a formula one race car.
- She hates sweaters, so we use them at times to calm her down because they make her mopey. She looks ridiculously cute, but we can tell she dies a little each time she wears them.
- When Clem knows there’s a treat involved, she will do all of her commands all at once. “Oh there’s a treat, let me SHAKE-LAY DOWN-STAY all at once!” It’s funny but annoying at the same time!
- Clem is fearless. She’s not scared of anything, which can get her into trouble sometimes! (Like getting ran over by a four wheeler).
- Clem likes to lay under the couch and bed. Not sure what the appeal is, but we’ll find her little paws or tail sticking out from under there.
- She likes to put her butt on Sarah’s face. Again, not quite sure about that one. Ha ha.
Little Lucy is just as quirky as her sister, but quite different too:
- She is very serious, and always has an urgent look in her eyes. She facial expression usually reads: “That doesn’t look very safe, I think I’ll just wait and see what happens…”, where as Clem would run full force into whatever it is coming her way.
- Sometimes, she’ll walk around the house and just give a low growl for no reason. “Rrrrrrr….Oh yeah, nothings there”.
- When you scratch her back right by her tail, she will lift her back legs up alternately and it looks like she is dancing! It’s her “special spot”.
- While Clem will sleep anywhere but her own bed, Lucy LOVES hers. We will find her taking a nap in her bed in our room our the one sitting in the living room quite often.
- She has a toy that she had before we adopted her that we call “Snakey.” It’s toy stuffed snake that is the only toy she doesn’t destroy even though it would be extremely easy to.
- She is very cautious and jumps at funny things like the water dish that fills itself up.
- If she is going out of the door at the same time as one of us, she will play the whole “no you first, no your first” game where we both try to let the other one go first.
- She gets eye “goobers” constantly!
- Picking Lucy up is like a death sentence to her. Don’t do it (I do it anyway because of the face she makes).
- Lucy is our little shadow, which is fitting considering her coloring. She follows us just about everywhere Except for…
- The kitchen floor. She hates it.
- Lucy snores. She’s louder than Sarah.
These puppy sisters also the same in a few ways as well:
- Both of them are incredibly sweet. Although Lucy may come off as mean at first, once she’s warmed up to you she’ll want to play in no time. Clem will just attack you with love from the moment you step in the door, to the moment you leave. She’s a lover.
- Both of them both LOVE walks. Clem loves going new places. Lucy just loses her mind if you just say the word.
- Playing with the same toy is a must for them. If Clem wants Lucy’s toy, she’ll just go take it from her. Sometimes, Lucy will just drop the toy for Clem to pick up too. Such caring canines , ha ha.
- Since our couch is right in front of our huge window, they both love laying up on top of the cushions, barking at squirrels and the mailman. Clem has fallen asleep there many times!
- Both love giving kisses. Lucy’s breath smells, so you may want to wash your arm when she’s done.
There you have it friends. Both of our fur babies are quite different, but in the end, they are both loving, sweet, and just two adorable dogs. Without them we would be lost. They’ve helped us through a lot of these last few months. We owe our sanity to them.
What are some fun facts about your pets? Do you have more than one dog or cat?
I think it is pretty obvious that we are obsessed with Clementine, our first dog. She has seriously brightened our world since the day we got her and has brought laughter into a home full of sadness during this really rough patch brought on by infertility. We baby her like she is our human baby and I don’t regret it and am not ashamed about it one bit. We will be writing about how we have coped with the emotional side of infertility soon, but I think it goes without saying that Clem has played a tremendous role in our happiness in the midst of lots of pain.
San had been hinting for a few months that he wanted a second dog. I was very apprehensive because although Clem is serious the sweetest dog I have ever known, she is also extremely high-energy, full of life, and a lot of work! I wasn’t sure how adding a second dog to the mix would be. And truthfully, I loved spoiling just one dog with our love. However, we went to a few pet stores to look around to help me warm up to the idea. After that, I still wasn’t sure. What if the new dog didn’t get along with Clemmie? Clem is not a dominant dog and warms up to other dogs really quickly, but she is also very in-your-face and loves to play, so some mellow dogs aren’t a huge fan of her.
Well, then, one of San’s coworkers was leaving and wasn’t able to bring his dog with. She was an eight year old rat terrier mix named Lucy. We had her over for an hour without her owners and completely messed up the introduction so Clem ended up getting very scared and attacked Lucy. So not like her. She didn’t draw blood, but it wasn’t pretty to say the least. We immediately brought Lucy back. Well, after realizing our mistake in leaving Clem crated and letting the other dog wander our house, we had a playdate with Lucy at her owner’s house where they could play outside. They played for about an hour with no fights. Lucy growls a lot which really confused Clem at first because Clem rarely growls, but I think through play, she was able to see that Lucy’s growling isn’t aggressive, it’s just what she does.
The next day, we picked her up, and she’s been our second baby ever since.
I am happy to say that I love having two dogs. I definitely did go through a kind of mourning period where I really missed my alone time with Clem, but it’s worked out that Clem is still the more cuddly of the two, so I still get lots of cuddle time with her.
We think of Lucy more as the older, wiser, more sophisticated sister (we sometimes refer to her as Audrey Hepburn). She’s thinner and a little more fragile.
And Clementine is the younger, more playful, kind of ditzy, more laid back sister (we sometimes refer to her as Marilyn Monroe). She’s more cuddly and soft. Both are so beautiful and sweet, but they balance each other out so nicely.
We need to update our sidebar photo with a new family photo that includes Lucy. We aren’t sure how one day having a baby will work with two dogs, but both are great with babies, so I think it should end up being just fine.
A week ago was Clem’s one year anniversary of joining our family. We all celebrated with some pup-cakes. San was able to bribe them with the cakes while I snapped some photos. You can see Lucy’s intense gaze:
And Clemmie’s innocence:
Here are a few iphone shots of them together:
I’m sure you will be seeing lots of both girls on our blog and social media, so I thought it was high time we introduce Lucy Sue (middle name given by us)!