Tayamni (female - more of the plains type dog) is now 49.6 lbs at almost 1 yr 8 months. Coffey at 11 months is 34 lbs today.
At 9 weeks Tayamni was 9 lbs and Coffey at 9 weeks was tipping the scales at just a hair over 6 lbs.
Coffey has eaten 2 cups of food a day since the stork brought him (OK the airplane ... it has wings and it flies and carries the precious cargo to us .... )
Tayamni was finally up to 2 cups a day at a year old.
Coffey (male - with Talhtan & N Huron & plains lineage) has always been smaller physically but huge in Spirit! It's like he's always at a PEP rally!
They take turns being dominant over each other (or rather who takes the lead), depending on the situation, depending on the day, depending on the moods. Maybe when Coffey becomes an adult the dynamics will change and it's OK what ever happens
Tayamni loved this new little addition from the moment we brought the crate in the door. There were no issues and since Tayamni doesn't resource guard (OK. Only a resource growl twice in this entire time .... and that was over a beef trachea - which I promptly discarded), it's only the normal "sibling stuff". As Coffey is getting a little older, and she is teenager maturing there are corrections and pouts once in a while.
There are so many differences physically and in personality (I attribute most, not all, of that to the dominant tribes lineages of the native breeding programs for personality and utility) and there are so many things that are alike about them at the same time!
I can really understand why Judy has 5.
I am enthralled with their interactions with each other, other AI Dogs, other breeds, individual dogs, and also each person they meet and how they each develop from puppy into adult.
Tayamni always liked to sit on me as a puppy, crawl up, the flying leap, what ever .... now, she still likes that and climbs one foot at a time (not really caring where she finds a foothold - ouch )
to me when I sit down after I get home each night. She likes to get her hug. I know this is her way of asserting herself, (I don't have a retractable lead, Allison, but Tayamni always walks about half a body in front of me - much the same as Coyo - she takes cues from me from there) and I have a long lead for park hiking and she gets to wander in front through swamps and what ever else she wants to investigate but is aware of me and the direction I take. They sound very similar in this way.
Ohhh, back to the topic. I was on the waiting list already for a long time when I had the opportunity to meet a 12 week old AI pup up in Massachusetts, Tehya. She was dainty, probably more of Coffey size, and also she had this wisdom about her like she was an old soul. Of course I saw her puppy play but she was bonded with the family and it was one of those days that the Universe lined up to show me. Beautiful summer day, met a great family had awesome spiritual conversation and interacted with this wise puppy.
Funny thing though, November rolls around, I get THE call, a few more conversations with Kim, and he has found the puppy of my needs, one with personality to become a therapy dog to volunteer and help others .... I go meet the stork, she had a great ride from Oregon to South Florida, then I soon find out, I don't have this sage of a puppy like the one I met but a Tazmanian Devil (yes you can look that up in some posts). She was so cute, I think Tayamni was a REALLY adorably, cute puppy - I REALLY do, but after meeting Tehya, I thought they'd all have old souls, and OMD (Oh My Dog - I like that and plagiarized it from someone on this site - there was no trademark like China does - hee heee ) - I didn't know what Kim did to me! Was the wrong pup shipped?
Tayamni has become a wonderful Certified Therapy Dog and even though I called her personality traits confident submissive, most trainers saw her as balanced (even though she was very submissive to older dogs than her) telling me she knew when to be indifferent. Oh and the independent streak! How can one be submissive AND Miss independence!
Ohhh, and now recently, miss certified therapy dog is practicing her 'work' on me! If my sister and I start bickering (OK escalating arguing), guess who climbs in my lap and gives me a "look"!
Anyway, to sum it up:
1. Even when you can't go to SDK to pickup/pick out your pup - TRUST Kim! Be open to what he explains he sees in the pups. You may not see it right away; I am proof that it turns out as it is supposed to.
2. If you don't get the wise sage puppy, SMUDGE it, ahh well you can do that too, but remember to "tough-love", yes, that is part of positive training, as you and pup establish relationship and learn from each other, if it doesn't happen early - it will some day, the pup / dog will open up to you - you may need to find the key (way of being alpha or team leader).
3. Have fun! and when it's time - I really recommend a second one! or two, or three