OK, so Eeyore was raised by our two dogs, Barkley and Lucky. He developed doggy like characteristics and at times I though he would need therapy to get back in touch with his "kitty" self! Unforetunately Lucky passed away in April 2007, and in the fall we got an 8 week old pup (Saint Bernard) "Snoops".
I swear they are in a love/hate relationship. When the Eeyore is resting, Snoops tries to sneak up on him (rather amusing to see a giant 150 pound dog trying to be sneaky!) and then tries to nudge him with his muzzle. Eeyore will hiss and growl, then smack the dogs muzzle around a bit, before taking off to get away.
Next, Snoops is snoring away, and is spotted by Eeyore, who has "sneaky" down to a precise science. Eeyore will go right up to Snoops and then smack him across his muzzle, then run to higher ground and begin to groom himself. He can do this in slow motion, as there is a bit of time before Snoops can actually get up.
When both dogs get into a wrestling match or play tug, Eeyore will sit on the side lines watching and meowing. If Snoopy's back end comes within reach, he will bit his back leg, or smack him across the paw.
Then come the blessed peaceful moments, when all three boys are just laying sleeping within a few inches of each other.
Am I right to assume that this is a "love/hate" relationship between Eeyore and the 16 month old pup or is this just plain old playing? BTW....Eeyore used to play for hours with "Lucky", they would chase each other around the house, or get into little wrestling matches.