Penny and Banjo first met while they were out and about with their parents over a year ago, and it was love at first sight. They became instant best friends, and made it very clear from the beginning that being apart for long periods of time was not something that would work for them.
“They have been great friends ever since and always recognize each other right away,” Marisa Folz, Banjo’s mom, told The Dodo. “They both greatly enjoy each other’s company!”
Penny and Banjo’s parents enrolled them both in the same doggy daycare, allowing the pair to play and cuddle for eight hours a day, Monday through Friday. Their bond grew and grew, and they seemed to absolutely adore spending so much time together — until Penny’s family moved away.
Even though Penny’s new home is only about 30 minutes away from Banjo, they don’t get to see each other every day like they used to. Their parents still make sure they get together, though, and plan dates to the dog park, the dog beach, swimming pools and anywhere else they can think of. Penny and Banjo are always beyond thrilled to be reunited, and cherish every moment they have together.
“They absolutely love seeing each other,” Folz said. “Happy wagging tails and instantly playing! It’s like they never left each other!”
Recently, both Banjo’s family and Penny’s family happened to be going out of town back-to-back weeks — and they decided to use the trips as an opportunity for the adorable dog couple to have an extended sleepover.
“Penny stayed with Banjo for a week and then Banjo stayed with Penny the next week,” Folz said.
Both dogs were thrilled to be spending so much time together, just like old times, and when it was time to go to sleep …
… they fell asleep in the cutest position, with their paws touching, solidifying just how much they really love each other.
“They seem to comfort each other and relax the other, very ‘Notebook’-esque,” Folz said, referring to the 2004 romantic movie.
Penny and Banjo took advantage of their staycation together by making sure they were always side by side, no matter what. When Penny’s parents went to work during Banjo’s stay at their house, they would check their pet camera and see the two dogs curled up on the couch together.
Penny and Banjo are inseparable, and not even distance can break up their perfect relationship.
“He is a very sweet and caring dog,” Juli Alexakis, Valentin’s mom, told The Dodo. “He loves being around people and getting cuddles from literally anyone. He knows our schedules and makes sure he is at the door to greet everyone.”
When Valentin was around 8 years old, his family got him some new blankets that quickly became his favorite possessions. He loved laying on top of them whenever he could, and so, as a joke, his family started rolling him up in the blankets like a burrito.
Valentin loved being wrapped up in his favorite blankets so much that he started falling asleep like that — and now, it’s become his nightly routine.
Every single night, Valentin’s family wraps him up in his blankets and tucks him into his bed, and he stays like that until he wakes up the next morning. He’s also started taking a stuffed animal to bed with him, too, so his family tucks the stuffed animal in right alongside him.
“He has only recently started sleeping with a stuffed animal,” Alexakis said. “We got him that orange fox toy two years ago on our trip to the U.S. and he is obsessed with it. When he is awake, he enjoys taking all his toys to the garden and chill[ing] under the sun with them.”
Valentin has to be tucked in every night or he can’t sleep — and ends up wandering into different family members’ rooms for comfort instead.
“Sometimes we forget, and in that case he comes upstairs and sleeps in one of our rooms or in my bed,” Alexakis said. “I think the blanket makes him feel safe, like a hug, so when he doesn’t have it he comes to us to feel safer.”
Valentin just wants to feel safe, warm and loved whenever he drifts off to sleep — and being tucked in is his favorite way of achieving that goal.