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Thank you for the compliments.
Ooops, I forgot to mention that they are both girls. They did bond together but it took more time than we had thought. Spip was not at the best of her form when Flem arrived and was used to be an only dog, Flem got sick a week after getting here (not related to Spip's problem) and had to spend a lot of time resting, I got a little anxious seeing their size differences and supervised all interactions a little nervously but...things got better within a couple of weeks. By now, they are best buds indeed.
To tell the truth, when we thought about getting a Golden, we really had in mind coloring way lighter, very similar to Spip's but with longer hair. Well, we ended up with a very red girl and it did not make a bit of difference in how thrilled we were to have her join our family. My husband has said several times that she reminds him of the Irish Setters of his chilhood, so much the better.
Spip's come from a comic strip I read when I was a little girl. It is the name of an inquisitive, problem-causing and solving squirrell in that strip.
Flem's comes from observing Spip. After a regular (not quite hair raising but still..) puppyhood, one of Spip's favorite activities became to take good sunbathing naps. Louisiana weather is conducive to big old naps when the heat and humidity rise. Moreover, in French, "flemme" means laziness so we thought it could be a good name for our next doggie. Ooops again, we ended up with a very active little Golden. On the other hand, part of Flem's registered name is "Charivari" which means havoc and she has created some.
Sorry for the length. It seems I cannot write briefly.