I swear they’re twins – only one is less hairy, has only 2 legs and doesn’t have a tail. Bar that, they are the same 🙂
I’ve said it to The Missus since day 1, they share so many traits it’s nuts. I’m delighted to say they’ve become practically inseparable and completely in tune with each other, it’s really beautiful to watch and it’s one of the main reasons we got him in the first place.
In the interest of fairness it’s worth mentioning that Nip#1 and Noodles are BFF’s, they’ve been together longer, he’s her ‘buddy’ and they get on like a house on fire. We got Noodles about 11 months before Nip#2 was born. But there is a special understanding between Nip#2 & Noodles that is just different, it’s like Nip#2 & the Dog are twins – honest!
They share many characteristics that has led me to this believe. Let me go back to the start.
They both roared & whinged the house down at night:
For feckin ages! Sometimes Nip#2 still does! One night Noodles slept from about 9pm to 11.30pm (only) and then he barked, cried & whinged all fucking night right through to 5.10am exactly. Both myself and the Missus were in bits, we were getting angrier (with each other) by the hour – (Me) ‘Fuck this, I’m going down, he’s doing my bleedin head in‘ (The Missus) ‘ Don’t go down, you were told not to‘ (Me) ‘I know but I need to sleep, I’m up for work in a few hours, I’m goona kill him if he doesn’t shut the fuck up soon‘ etc etc etc (figure of speech, of course I wasn’t gonna kill him – just to be crystal clear :-))
Just for the record – Nip#2 cried every night, about 5 or 6 times a night until she was 10 1/2 months old. But don’t worry, she’s much better now and only wakes up crying on average once a night now 🙂 As for Noodles, at the start, we had to get a plugin that gave off a hormonal effect as if it came from his Mum AND tables that were like valium for dogs. I shit you not my bloggy buddies. Few of those tablets nearly ended up in me, fact!
They are both ‘needy’:
Agh stop – to be fair to them both, it’s way better today thankfully! But if you put Nip#2 down when she was younger and turned around – even for a split second – holy shit batman did she let you know all about it. ‘Whhhhaaaaaaa – Whhhhaaaaaa’. Turn about around and pick her up, the ‘Whhhhaaaaaa’ stops!
Noodles was the exact same bar the fact that we don’t pick him up. Give him attention and he’s a happy camper (well, what dog isn’t right?) but walk away or God forbid, close the bloody door on him for a second and BOOM – ‘Whhhhaaaaaa’ city, just in doggy style.
They are both massively motivated by food:
Even the rustling of a packet within ear shot and the pair of them turn their head at the same time and at the same speed, it’s mad to watch. ‘What was that noise? Foooooooooood. Quick FFS, get it, get it nooooooow‘!! Only difference is Nip#2 points and says ‘This This This This This This This This (over & over)’.
So I ignore the stares and continue with opening whatever it is cause well, it’s actually for me, not them strangely enough! But they’ve other idea’s. Sitting there, eye-balling me like there’s no tomorrow, trying to mess with my head, getting inside it, making me feel guilty for having like a cracker or rice cake. It’s like they signed a pact to wreck my head into giving them some of it.
So I walk by them and the pair of them stop whatever it is they are doing to follow whatever’s in my hand. Nip#2 normally makes the first move closely followed by her partner in crime – ‘Mut & Jeff‘! Before you know it, Nip#2 is standing up holding onto my knee with the hand out trying to grab the food going ‘This This This This This This This This’ while the dog is now sitting at my other leg with this low-key whinge going on, eye-balling me. Jayzus, zero peace is it?! The pair of them even follow me into the toilet FFS – which is ironically where I have to go these days to have my packet of crisps or whatever I’m trying to enjoy in peace!!!!
They completely ignore each other and take no heed of the other’s personal space:
Nip#2 will crawl over to Noodles when he’s lying down and will plonk herself right beside him. But then she’ll start by putting the hand out and start grabbing his hair – anywhere, face, ears, back, tail etc – and he’ll just let her! Then she’ll put her hands on his tummy and use him as a balancing board for her to practise standing up and yep, he’ll just lift his head as if to say ‘what are ya up to now?!’
On the flip side, if I’m changing Nip#2’s nappy on the floor, mid change Noodles will come over and just plonk himself right in between me & Nip#2 – without any regard for that fact that he’s right in the line of fire – making his presence felt and making my job that little bit harder to complete!
There is no ‘Off’ button on either of them – EVER:
They are relentless. They are into everything and I do mean everything and I do mean all the time. They’re like a tag-team. Always wanting something else, the nearest thing to them. Grabbing, shoving it into the mouth as quick as possible and then losing interest in it just as quick and onto the next.
As I said earlier, Nip#2 is always pointing & saying ‘This This This This This This This‘ which is usually followed by a giggle and a smile if you give whatever’s in your hand to her or a cry if you don’t. Whereas with Noodles, he’ll be sticking his nose into a box of toys trying to grab a teddy or God knows what else and when he get’s it, all you hear is me or The Missus shouting ‘Leave Leave Leave it……Leeaaavvvveeeee it‘ which he normally does after the third or fourth attempt when we’re usually about to flip out completely.
Holy moly it’s like having twins. Honestly, one’s just hairier than the other. But ya know what – we wouldn’t change it for love nor money 🙂
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