Max is now seven. He’s gotten a bit chunky, has slowed down; grunts when he rises or lays down. A characteristic he adopted from his daddy. Maggie, his canine sibling, is six–shows no signs of slowing down. She goads him until he plays or grooms her.
Every morning we go for a walk. Max isn’t as eager to go–especially in warmer weather. Maggie is relentless, “C’mon brother, get up–it’ll be fun!” She nudges-finally lays down beside him and rolls him over.
Max grunts, accented by intermittent snoring, “Let me sleep, please.”
He relents and out the front door we go. Max rebels, the only way he knows how. At the end of the driveway, he stops, sniffs the air; turns around. “OK, I’m done, take me back to the house.”
When Maggie and I return, Max is once again ready to go. So, I take him on a shorter walk, as time permits. Maggie did her job by pestering her somewhat laggard older brother. She’s mean to Max, but he still loves her.