Today, as we were walking in a nearby park, we saw a dog approaching - and he looked like Penny.
Now, you have to understand - no dogs look like Penny! People are always asking us what breed she is, and we say, she's a 'bitser'. That's Aussie slang for a dog who's 'a bit of this and a bit of that'.
But this dog looked like her!
Ever-so-casually, I said to the woman with him, 'What breed is your dog?'
She replied, 'He's maltese/shih-tsu/poodle.'
My heartbeat sped up. That's what we think Penny is. I said, 'Did you buy him from your vet?'
'Yes!" she exclaimed.
OMG! This was Penny's brother. When we decided to get our first-ever dog, we didn't know whether we could cope with two dogs, as beginners. We paid for Penny and left her to grow a little older with the one remaining litter mate, but said that if he was unsold when we returned for her, we would take him too. We had mixed feelings when we heard someone had bought him.
It was wonderful to know he has a loving home and is happy.
Penny's named after the copper coin, because of her puppy colouring, but has long since become a blonde. He, on the other hand, is still coppery. When you see them together, the difference is plain.
It was such a happy and exciting meeting that I can't resist posting lots of photos.