Peaches and Chico


The big day had arrived for cheeky Chico. He was to leave the comfort of his human mommy to spend a few days with The Labradoodle pack and Claire, at DogzCreche day care. Chico is a stunning Pekingese that gathers compliments wherever he goes. Claire picked up that he was quite a self contained confident little chap yet that first day he spent most of the day following her everywhere she went.

Obviously a little unsettled, she thought.

Sweetpea seemed to be unaware of his existance, Bluebell gave him a few cursory sniffs and also wondered off, yet Peaches was intrigued. That first day Claire observed her circling him with a ball in her mouth. After a few turns she would drop the ball at his feet, It looked like she was inviting him to play. However when Chico made to pick up the ball Peaches would give him a deep growl. Chico would step back confused. Peaches would go on to repeat this activity many times and true to form it ended in a growl. After a few tries of connecting with Peaches, Chico stopped going for the ball and snuggled in closer to Claire’s ankles yet he never stopped watching Peaches every move.

Claire decided it was best to continue with her chores as normal and by the end of the day had begun to get quite used to her Pekingese shadow. When she sat down early evening for her first cup of tea of the day, Chico surprised her with his agility by jumping nimbly onto the sofa and plopping down on her lap. Peaches not to be out done asked to come up too. Claire acquiesced and sat trapped under the two dogs. Claire was scared she would spill the hot tea on one of the dogs. The tea went cold. Claire sat for a long while gazing down on this funny pair snuggled up warmly on her lap. As darkness descended the two pooches slipped into a deep sleep with their heads touching.

The next morning it was as if the previous day’s antagonism had never occurred. Peaches and Chico became inseparable. The two dogs played and played until they exhausted themselves, they would then flop down for a brief rest before setting off on another session of play.

Peaches is in her element, Claire thought.

Bluebell seemed relaxed and happy enough to be relieved of the job of entertaining her grandchild. She took her regular place on the patio allowing her an uninterrupted view of the entertainment taking place in the garden. Sweetpea had found a quiet spot and snuggled down for yet another snooze.

During their morning walk Claire discovered an interesting fact about Pekingese dogs.

They are one of the stubbornness dogs I’ve ever come across, even more so than a bull terrier and that is saying something, decided Claire

Chico stopped walking. he just stood rooted in one spot and refused to place another foot forward. Nothing Claire did could persuade him to move. She applied every trick in the book, initially bribing him with dried liver treats which she knew he loved. When this failed she jumped up and down excitedly trying to get him to follow her. But Chico was having none of it and all that resulted were the gathering stares from people around her. By now he had laid down in the middle of the pavement and was still refusing to move a muscle. Some runners ran past them laughing at the standoff. Short of dragging him along by his harness Claire eventually she had to admit defeat, she picked him and carried him home, grateful that he was only a little toy.

When a Pek has had enough, he has had enough it seems, Claire mused with a small smile playing on her face.

Chico’s human arrived later the following afternoon. Chico looked overjoyed to see her. After his very excited hello he resorted to running back and forth between his precious human and his new best friend Peaches. His human said she couldn’t believe how much they had connected to each other. As the humans bid each other goodbye, both of the dogs tails wagged in unison and Claire wondered if that could be dog talk for see you again soon.