Bringing a second puppy into our home was a beautiful experience. Our first dog, Mylo, accepted the new addition in a heartbeat. They became inseparable immediately. Sleeping, eating, playing, wreaking havoc, and relaxing together. They became a team in everything. It was, and still is, a wonderful thing to watch. The relationship between two animals is so different than a relationship between two humans. Animals love unconditionally, without judgement or pettiness. They care about each other in the most simplistically accepting way.

Park visits became an opportunity to frolic together. Always protecting each other, always sharing toys. Days at home when we were at work became free time together. Mostly used to destroy the walls, frames, and shoe racks—that surely resembled threatening monsters—in our home. Mylo’s separation anxiety dwindled to a few barks when we first left. Play time together was rough wrestling, nipping at each others legs, rolling on the grass, stealth tackles from behind the shed. All of it bathed in fading golden sunlight or softly falling snowflakes.

They are still like this now, almost four years later. Their friendship has strengthened over the years, as has our family. We have worked very hard to understand both of their personalities, and to cater to both of their needs. They both have their own quirks, likes, dislikes, and moods. But, they both fit into our family like perfectly carved pieces of our life puzzle. There is never a day that goes by without laughter. There is never a day that goes by without a warm look in their direction that proves that we made the right decision in adopting Koda. Although they did not come from the same litter, there is nothing that could make them more like brothers than they are now.

Our first few weeks with Koda were a breeze. He learned all of our commands just from watching Mylo. Monkey see, monkey do. Although some would think that two is more work than one, I must disagree. Ever since we added Koda to our household, everything has run so much more smoothly. Not to say that there haven’t been any snags, but those stories are for another day.

Getting a second dog isn’t meant for everyone, but it’s something that I will never regret. Dogs are social creatures, and sometimes require more than what we can give them. They are meant to be a part of a pack, a member of a family, and sometimes only another canine can fill that void for them. Some dogs just need a brother, like Mylo did. It’s never an easy decision to make, and it doesn’t always work out, but when it does it’s one of the most meaningful and lovely experiences to behold.

Mylo and Koda, 2008

Mylo and Koda, 2011


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