Sam arrived here today in a royal purple hoodie. I know because my son said so. Being somewhat color blind, I rely on others objective opinions as to what color things are. So, today, it's purple. She has arrived in green and orange as well in the past, but I knew a new hoodie was on the horizon as her current ones were arriving with more holes in it each day. You see, Sam, which is short for Samantha by the way, is a Mastador. For those not familiar with what this is, it's a Mastiff/Labrador cross. So, she's big, she's black and has a somewhat sad and saggy face. But, she also doesn't have much hair, very short coat, necessitating a cover of some sort. So, jersey hoodies complete with hood and pocket is what she arrives in each day for daycare.
Now, her companion is an upstart Husky/Malamute cross named Bohdan who has just hit his teenage years, dogwise. He doesn't come with a hoodie as he has this thick, luxurious silver and black coat complete with poofy bottle brush tail. He and Sam love to play 'cops and robbers' in the yard and Sam's glorious hoodies take a hard beating from Bohdan's teeth. Sams payback in all of this, revenge for the hoodie destruction comes in the form of Riley.
Now Riley, which is short for Wreck it Riley, is our resident dog, lives here with us, and is a young Sable female German Shepherd Dog. Just six months ago, when she and Bohdan began playing together, Bohdan being an experience wrestler had the upper hand. Now, Riley is taller, bigger, heavier, faster and having been taught by the best, an extremely proficient wrestler and even better jumper. Bohdan typically admits defeat after about a half hour of hard play, whereas Riley could go all day. And, she doesn't wear a hoodie so Bohdan has no advantage as to what he can grab onto with her. She's slick and fast and loves helping Sam get even for the clothing shredding. Seeing Bohdan flopped on his back like a turtle on his shell, somehow makes the whole thing worth it, according to Sam.
And, for those of you interested, the Wreck it part of Riley will have to wait for another day, but it's a story definitely worth telling.