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“She had seven puppies,” Mr. Eaves said. “Two of them were almost identical to her, with their markings, and the others had more white.”

Mr. Eaves smiled and explained that keeping puppies was “a lot of work.”

“I had a big basket,” said Mr. Eaves. “At first I could put them all in the basket to take them outside. Then it got to where I could only take about three or four at a time.”

Dosie and Zipper have adjusted well to life at the

executive mansion. The second floor of the mansion is the private residence, and the third floor is where the first gentleman’s office is located.

“During the week, they go upstairs to Julia’s office, and they just sleep all day,” Mr. Eaves said. “Zipper will get under Julia’s desk sometimes, and it’s hard to get her up.”

Dosie and Zipper get three walks every day -- in the morning, at lunch and in the evening. Mr. Eaves explained that when he walks with Dosie and Zipper, they walk around downtown for about 30 minutes.

“You can walk all over downtown Raleigh,” Mr. Eaves said. He said Dosie walks in front, but she’ll turn around and look to make sure he’s following her. They walk by the museum and the government buildings and especially like the water fountain by the legislative building.

“We kind of walk by there at the end of the walk, and they get a drink of water,” Mr. Eaves said. “Zipper will stay on the edge and drink, but Dosie will get her feet wet.”

The first dogs are spoiled just like any other family pets. The dogs even sleep in bed with Mr. Eaves and Governor Perdue.

“It kind of varies,” he noted. “Recently, it’s been Dosie. It’s hardly ever two of them, and it isn’t always the whole night.”

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Dosie and Zipper travel with Mr. Eaves and Governor Perdue when they go to their private home in New Bern or to the official western residence in Asheville. And while Tibetan Terriers are not water dogs, Dosie and Zipper love trips to the beach.

“They love the sand,” Mr. Eaves laughed, explaining how they roll on their back in the sand and dig and bury their faces. “They get down in the sand and just love it.”

Mr. Eaves and Governor Perdue’s families have long been dog lovers. He talked about his dogs, her dogs and their children’s dogs. He clearly enjoys sharing his love of Dosie and Zipper and dogs in general. He even shared the large framed group of photos of Dosie and all her seven puppies. Mr. Eaves said they were each named as they were born. One of the puppies is even named after him – Wendell – his middle name. He was the last one born, and has a marking that looked like a W. He lives with Mr. Eaves’ grandson in Atlanta.

“So now I’m lucky enough to have a granddaughter with the middle name of Eaves and a dog with my middle name,” he smiled as he was petting Dosie who was still lying by his side, and that’s pretty good.”

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