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The Pipsqueak Posts Episode 1: the one where they meet

Hello! We’re Archie and Dexter, English springer spaniels, also known as Senior and Junior Edit-paw-ial Assistants to Kate Hardy, our pet author (henceforth referred to as Mum). We’re half-brothers because we have the same father, and we’re exactly three and a half years apart in age. [Pet Author note: at the time of writing, May 2020, Archie is 3 and 3/4 and Dexter is 8 weeks.]

Archie says: so this is the moment I first met Pipsqueak, in our back garden.

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I wasn’t very impressed with him. Apparently he’s 1/15th of my size. Mum had told us about social distancing because of something called Covid 19, so I took the rules very seriously and insisted on putting some distance between me and Pipsqueak. (Mum said it doesn’t apply to people who live in the same house, and he was my baby half-brother. I was no longer an only dog. It seemed that Pipsqueak wasn’t just a visitor: he was staying.)

I soon discovered that puppies are exhausting. They run around *all* the time, they yip when they want something because they don’t have any manners, and then there are the needle-sharp teeth! The only way for a dog to deal with the situation is to hop up onto the sofa (where the puppy can’t reach you, even if he does a bit of bouncing and yaps at you to come down and PLAY WITH ME NOW) and to maintain a dignified silence. Thankfully, puppies eventually crash out and sleep for ages, giving a Senior Edit-paw-ial Assistant a chance to catch up with Mum and check out the new toys in the house. (I’m not allowed to have squeaky teddies because apparently I shred them – hmm, isn’t that the point of teddies? But there are new squeaky tennis balls, which is a Very Good Thing. Pipsqueak has a tiny one that I’ve got my eye on. He likes my oversized one. We can possibly arrange a swap.)

Once Pipsqueak had crashed out, I had peace and quiet to think. I decided I ought to take charge and teach him a few things… And thus began the Pipsqueak Posts.

13 thoughts on “The Pipsqueak Posts Episode 1: the one where they meet”

  1. Dear Archie, what a patient boy you are and such a good big brother showing Pipsqueak the ropes. I’m sure you’re going to have lots of fun together.

  2. Dear Archie – you are doing extremely well and I applaud you for your patience and tolerance. I think Mum ought to award you the doggy equivalent of the CDM for that. However, as you and Pipsqueak are both gundogs, I know that you will quickly develop rapport and a sense of companionship. I need to warn you now that the first time PS accompanies you on your walk, you may well have to keep an eye on him.

  3. I think Archie is obviously very intelligent and will soon be a wonderful teacher! Well, he may require some tempting, perhaps his own squeaky toy! Dexter is really cute and making me a bit “broody” for a pup but in reality I don’t think my Sky would be as tolerant as Archie. Looking forward to further episodes!

  4. I love it when siblings- well half siblings in this case – get on so well together as these too surely will. Archie is being very good and deserves extra treats. I wonder why you don’t change Dexter’s name to Pipsqueak although I guess once you start taking him out for walks and have to call him back and there are other people around you might end up in trouble!

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