Watching two big dogs play is liking watching a chess match. Each opponent tests and checks for weaknesses. It is so fun to watch Paris, our foster dog and Teiko, the Mama's boy, get into it. Canines play just like wolf pups. Circle each other, look for weak spots and then with lots of fast movement, jump and dive for the perfect spot to take his/her "prey" down.
True canine play is not for the weak at heart. There is snarling, large canine teeth snapping, jumping, flopping, bitting, squealing, but at the end of the day, they absolutely respect and make up with each other. I think humans could learn a lot from canines.
On a side note, Paris is a keeper. While we've nursed her through so much sickness, she has finally come into her healthy self. She has such a beautiful heart, is as smart as a whip and a perfect friend to Teiko - she even likes Cita (who knew?) I know, this would be one of the easiest dogs to adopt out, but I'm going to be selfish and keep this sweet girl.