Red is what I call a “propinquity” dog, he shows affection by being close, rather than by being demonstrative. He has never licked me but once a day he comes and puts his head on my knee. Otherwise, we are just always near one another.
Red has paid little or no attention to Gus. He tolerates him and doesn’t bother him in any, but he never even lets on that he sees him. Red does not play, which frustrates Gus, but then he and Fate play half the day.
I’ve never really seen Red and Gus together, they seem to always stay out of one another’s way.
Last night, a first. Gus was sleeping on his bed in my study and Red came in, lay down next to him and put his head next to Gus. Gus put his head up and licked Red on the nose several times, and then went back to sleep. it was a touching scene for me, Red showing his love for Gus in the way that he does, and Gus, sensing it, sleeping so peacefully right next to him.
I was grateful to have the camera nearby, it was an important moment somehow, Gus keeps bringing himself directly into the center of our family and our lives. Red is a remarkable animal, he loves with the greatest dignity and grace.