I get a huge kick out of the quirky behavior of my dog Lucky and her sidekick Ramses. Both pets are hard luck stories. Lucky, came to us many years ago. Found abandoned in the woods, emaciated and suffering from a wicked case of mange. We thought she had no hope and took her to the vet thinking she would have to be euthanized and that it would be preferable to her dying there in the woods. The vet said she looked a lot worse than she was and that some groceries and medication for the mange would clear things right up. He was right. We were surprised at the beautiful tri-color beagle that emerged just a few weeks later.
Next, I picked up Ramses, on the side of Interstate 65 just a few weeks before Christmas. She was none the worse for wear even though we believe she fell out of a car (as time went on we found she liked to crawl up into cars without anyone knowing and assume that’s how she ended up on the highway). She took to us like she’d been with us all her life, and she seemed to think she was in charge – which lead to the name (after an Egyptian Pharaoh). We named her thinking she was a male cat and by the time we found out different and tried to change her name, it just didn’t work. The name was just too well stuck.
Lucky and Ramses are quite the pair. They eat together and are often seen trotting across the pasture or front lawn together. In mild weather, they curl up side by side on the welcome mat on the front porch, right in front of the door. These days, when it gets cold or rainy outside, they BOTH go inside Lucky’s doghouse and sleep side by side. Today, I drove up just as it was beginning to rain and found them there and took these photos.
For weeks after we put the doghouse in the yard Lucky would not go in it. In the coldest weather she wouldn’t set foot inside the doghouse. I tried everything I could think of to make it cozy but she wouldn’t have any part of it. I changed bedding 2 or 3 times and moved the entire doghouse all over the place before giving up. Then, one day she just started going in it. Soon after, the cat decided it made a nice napping spot. The next thing I knew, they were both in there together.
I finally got a few photos of them. They aren’t great because as soon as I get close enough to take the picture they’re both on their feet and coming out to be petted. Anyway, I thought you might enjoy a look at a harmonious relationship between what are supposed to be mortal enemies. It’s a sweet image to see them all cozied up together and I’m sure it really helps them stay warm when the temperature drops. Smart girls!