Have you ever heard of a maltese mind meld?

It's when two maltese do the same things at the same time.

I had never heard of it, but my business partner is a vet, and he
is the one who pointed it out to me.

Dr. Dressler and I were meeting in my office yesterday, and
"the girls" - Kanga and Tink - were hanging out with us.

They are completely different in personality, but Dr. Dressler
noticed that they do the same things at the same time.

He called it a "doggy mind meld" when they were stretched out, two
feet away from each other, both lying on their left side, snoring
teensy little snores.

I told Molly about it, and she told me that they were "spooning"
on the living room couch a few days ago. Tink was lying on her side,
and Kanga was too, just behind her, with Tink's head snuggled under
her chin.

I can't possibly describe how cute she made it sound. We'll try to take
a picture the next time they do it.

We started looking for other "doggy mind meld" moments, and now
we see that they often turn their heads at the same time, cock
their heads to one side at the same time, or sit down at the same

It's so sweet.

I'm calling it "maltese mind meld."

If you have more than one dog, does yours do it too? Tell me in the comments below. I would love to hear.

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Comment by Julieann on May 4, 2010 at 2:43am
Yes i have a great photo of two of my dogs...different breeds mirroring each other.
Comment by Brigitte on May 4, 2010 at 1:57am
Yes, my two (an Anatolian and a maremma) do this also., I've also seen them do the mirror image thing (butt to butt), and have pictures of that with the cat lying just above their butts, kneading. And then there's the yin-yang pose, too (sleeping in a circle, paws facing each other, heads facing in opposite direction).

Life with dogs is so amazing!
Comment by LAURIELYNNE KAVIN on May 3, 2010 at 6:13pm
Do NOT think it is a Maltese thing only as I had 2 dogs at the same time totally different breeds and they started doing the same things and it made me crack up and now that I lost my older one a Coonhound/Rott mix his best friend my Airdale/terrier/Wolfhound mix learned ALOT from his brother and does alot of the same things now.
Comment by Lori Hawke on May 3, 2010 at 4:56pm
My sister and I had goldens that were "cousins" (same grandfather) and they "mind melded" a lot. We would look at them laying near each other and they would be in the exact same position or mirror image- head, legs, paws. I was so interesting how much they were alike. We got much enjoyment watching this. Just didn't know what to call it, but spooky.
Comment by Elizabeth Ashby on May 3, 2010 at 3:43pm
I've never heard of doggy mind meld however, I had a Toy Fox Terrier that chewed his nails... And after watching him my mixed breed rescue started chewing his nails at the same time. Neat!
Comment by Andy Whiteman on May 3, 2010 at 3:05pm
Could it be a Maltese, dog to dog, mediation?
Comment by Shirley on May 3, 2010 at 2:06pm
Aloha James,Molly and girls
This must be so much fun to watch them LOL.
I have never heard of this, BUT knowing your girls.. anything is possible !!
Looking forward to the next adventure from your house to ours.
God bless all..
Comment by Esther M. Klein on May 3, 2010 at 2:02pm
I have to say, one learns something new every day. Es

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