As many photos as I've taken of Levi and Gimpy, this may be the first one that clearly shows the difference in their sizes. Full brothers from the same litter, Levi (on the right in the picture below) is taller than Gimpy and outweighs him by at least twenty pounds. If I correctly remember what I was told by my niece, who owned their parents, Levi was the anomaly in the litter; the other pups were Gimpy's size.
Long-time visitors here may recall that I got Levi almost a year and a half before Gimpy came to join us. They've been inseparable ever since, so close I can't imagine how either one ever got along without the other. It's even harder to imagine how I could get along without them. God, I love these curly blond boys!
The other day I was tinkering with this blog and browsing through the list of personal favorite posts in the sidebar. One of them (from 2007) featured a picture of a pile of Butch and Kadi's dog hair I'd swept up, sprayed with water, sculpted into a dog shape and digitally painted facial features on. Seeing that image again, I was surprised at how closely the fake dog resembled the two big boys I have now. Levi and Gimpy weren't even born until four years later, but maybe the idea of them was on my mind (or in my heart) way back then.