Three little breaches in a fence may not have seemed like much to Erin Joyce’s dogs, but Billie and Seymour made snooping on their mother their full-time work.
An Australian kelpie-dingo mix named Billie lately became fixated on a hole in the wood fence that separates the driveway from the yard. The small dog had a pattern, and Joyce’s companion Dean wanted to assist her.
“There was a small hole in the fence that Billie was sticking her nose out of to sniff at me every time I went to or from my car,” Joyce said. “So Dean decided to make it so she could see me come and go. We didn’t expect both dogs to like it so much!”
The younger brother of Billie, Seymour, enjoys playing peekaboo with his parents as well. He is the life of the party and is now 6 months old, Joyce added. He simply wants to participate in everything that everyone is doing.
Seymour and Billie like having a specific spot where they can watch the neighborhood from the safety of their yard. And Joyce enjoys being greeted by a fuzzy tiny snout when she gets home from work.
When Joyce’s next-door neighbors adopted an Airedale terrier puppy named Wynston, the holes in the fence got a bit bigger.
Seymour and Wynston instantly became best friends, so Joyce and Dean installed a gate in the fence so the pups could go between yards for playdates — and the dogs don’t like it when the gate is closed.
Every day when we get home from work, we open the gate so they can enjoy a large playtime “explained Joyce. “As we’re still under lockdown and they can’t socialize with other dogs as they typically would at parks at this age, it’s fantastic for their development. Billie watches them play and acts as a surrogate mother for them. She will intercede and give them a time-out if they become too harsh.
While Billie and Seymour enjoy watching their mother, Joyce values their charming spying on her more than they’ll ever realize.
They are my closest pals, and I cherish them, remarked Joyce. Without their joyful grins awaiting me at the door each time I returned home, I honestly don’t know what I’d do.