Kristen Nall and Stacey Hill talk about their best friends and puppy brothers Archie and Bentley, 8-month old Augies, which are an Australian shepherd/corgi mix.
Nall has been friends with Hill for years and after losing her beagle, she decided she didn’t want to get a dog. Two years later, she changed her mind. She had joined a Facebook puppy group where she saw a posting for Augie puppies.
Hill’s daughter Madyson, 14, had been begging her to get a dog for years. When Nall sent Hill pictures of the puppies, she decided to cave. The two drove over two hours and picked up the new members of their families.
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Describe Bentley and Archie’s personality.
Nall: Archie is a mighty, tiny dog. We have two cats, Kirby and Zoey, and he loves to antagonize them even though they’re twice his size. He likes to bark and chase them. He’s a good little snuggler too.
Hill: Bentley is spunky. He’s actually pretty laid back. He’s quiet. He’s either lying down or playing hard. If he’s not playing, he’s sleeping. He’s already pretty familiar with the kids (Madyson, 14, and Dylan, 9). He likes to play with them a lot. He fits in perfectly to our little family.
What do you like to do together?
Nall: We like to go on walks and play with his tug rope. We were trying to work on some tricks last night like sit and speak. He was speaking for a little while and then he decided he was over that and decided to go chase the cats some more. He’s been on some car rides and might be going to some soccer games here soon.
Hill: We go on a lot of car rides and he comes to Toy Haus with me. During the week, he’s my store buddy. Mostly we like to play and cuddle.
What has it been like having Archie and Bentley in your lives?
Nall: It’s been an adjustment for sure. I forgot how much work it is having a puppy. We haven’t had a puppy since 2003. He’s so much fun to come home to. The kids just love on him and snuggle with him and wrap him in a blanket. They have a new little buddy.
Hill: It’s been great. My kids have more responsibilities now. He sleeps with my daughter Madyson and she wakes up and takes him out. I don’t know what it was like without him now.