I have always been so glad that Koira and Pallo get along so well. It wasn't an instant thing. When I first introduced Koira to Pallo at Linn County Dog Control before deciding to adopt him, they were pretty singularly uninterested in each other. Somehow, though, they have become wonderful playmates.
One of the things always guaranteed to make me smile is taking the dogs to the park, letting them off leash, and seeing them tear off into the distance together, Pallo leaping and corgi talking loudly the whole way. Then, it becomes a rough and tumble game of chase and wrestling all mixed into one.
The initial run, complete with full body checks
Which way is he going to go?
They always look just so incredibly excited and happy when playing like this at the park
And then the real wrestling begins with the full on body checks, snarling corgi talk, scruff grabs
The suspense-filled pause, as Koira does her best border collie impression- the calm before the sudden action and intense chasing starting up again
Pallo is always the chasee, while Koira is the chaser. Pallo's slower running speed means he has to be more creative with his dodging and turning.
Here he comes! Luckily, both dogs are pretty respectful of people walking or standing, and rarely come close to slamming into you. Even if this picture does make it look like Pallo is about to leap onto your face.
They do a lot of on-the-ground wrestling as well, to break up the craziness and speed of the running and chasing. Pallo normally ends up on the ground, looking nasty and possessed, while Koira chews on his legs or scruff. But don't worry, Pallo seems to enjoy this, and isn't shy about letting Koira know when he has had enough.
And really, this is Pallo's "play with me" face. It may be accompanied by some nasty sounding snarls and plenty of ugly faces, but it really is how he initiates play. It confuses some dogs at the park, I think.
Did you know your dogs were going to get along when you adopted your second? Do they get along? What do you do if you get a second dog and the crew just doesn't make friends? I think I totally lucked out on how much Koira and Pallo like each other, even if they don't do adorable things like cuddling in the house (I am totally jealous of all of you with dogs who cuddle each other, BTW).