It’s been two weeks since we got Alice, our second Samoyed puppy, and she and Jamie are already bonded like siblings. They play together constantly.

One of the fun things to watch is the process of Alice learning things from Jamie that he once had to figure out on his own. She’s growing up much faster than he did, because she has a teacher who speaks her language, and he’s a great combination of role model, coach, and cheerleader. Just last night, for example, when Alice was hesitating to walk up the stairs to our bedroom (which are steeper than the front steps she knows well now), Jamie ran down to her and pulled on her leg, then sprinted back to the top of the steps and barked while she climbed to the top. He does things like that all day long.

Here are a few of my favorite photos from their first two weeks together.

on the way home the day we picked up Alice
Alice learning about cats
their second night together
Alice's first night walk in the city (Beacon Hill, Seattle)
showing the future Air Alice how to fly
Alice's first time at the beach
coaxing Alice up the stairs at the beach
Alice's first hike in the Middle Fork Valley
Alice's first time eating lunch on a hike
Jamie demonstrating how to deal with Ike
first of countless times getting filthy together