Gemma and Mac had their first Play Group this morning, and we had a blast! I admit to having a strong preference for the breed, and of course I can't resist a puppy of any breed - who can? But much of my admiration and enthusiasm for Wheaten Terriers is due to the fact that my Socrates is a Wheatable, or a mixed breed that contains some Wheaten Terrier in the mix.
You can see a slight resemblance between Socrates and Gemma in this photo, even though Socrates is quite a bit smaller and he doesn't have the pure wheaten colored coat that an adult dog would have. But the similarities go far beyond looks. Socrates has a lot of personality traits that are wheaten-like. He loves people and never met a stranger he didn't didn't want to kiss. He is happy, bouncy, exuberant, and affectionate - all Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier traits. Socrates and Gemma got along famously all day!
The most important thing about our first Puppy Play Group was that everyone enjoyed themselves, despite the pups inexperience in dog to dog socialization. They are still young enough to adapt easily to new experiences.
Mac had an especially good time chasing after everyone, but it was clearly Lexi he favored. She was not inclined to get romantic with him, if you know what I mean, but she let him know her boundaries and all was well between them after that.
This was a particularly funny moment. All three dogs are riveted to the sight and sound of a helicopter flying over the yard. I imagine it was there because of the Boston Marathon being run just a mile or two away from us, but it was clearly an astounding apparition to Gemma, Mac, and Lexi.