Two, side-by-side, Standing, silent, Awaiting our decision. We choose the smaller, the younger one. Hooray! Excitement, commotion, A readying of things. Congratulatory words alight upon us. A marvelous choice, You are perfectly suited, the kids will adore him. The gate unlatched, whisked into another room. A bathing, inoculation, presented flawless. A modest sum tendered, a signature penned. A dizzying, back-seat free-for-all. We speed away. New family member, new best friend. Each of us curious. How big will he grow? What tricks will he learn? Who will be his favorite? The questions abound, except for one: What of the other?