I have two dogs, a male Labrador, 3 years old, and a female dog of undetermined pedigree, a.k.a. a mutt, 6 years old. The female dog has been here for five years and the male for two and a half. Both are friendly dogs. They accepted each other from the first moment and are very well-mannered and cordial towards each other. By this, I mean their posture towards each other is very relaxed. There is no stiff-legged walking around each other. They sniff each other regularly with relaxed postures and wagging tails. But one thing I noticed is they have never played with each other and although they both go to the door to be put out together and will lie down in near-proximity to each other, each dog acts very independently of the other dog. Neither dog is interested in being top dog or getting one-up over the other and they will come up to me together for treats or petting. If I leave the house with one dog (for a vet or grooming appointment) the other dog will not be left out and insists on going for a ride, too. But each dog will go off independently and do his or her own thing, and it doesn’t bother either one to be separated from the other. By the way, they are both spayed and neutered, so they have absolutely no sexual interest in each other.
I don’t really have a point to this, and I suppose this is natural in that the dogs didn’t bond with each other as puppies. I also accept this as the state of affairs around my household and am pleased that the dogs are at least relaxed around each other and accept each other’s placement in the pack. But how common is this? Among the Dope, how many people have dogs that are close buddies and how many have dogs that while not close, live together in a relative state of peace and harmony?