Still, it took a while for the two animals to become as close as they are now. "The first two weeks were touch-and-go, and I wasn't sure they would ever actually 'love' each other (like all my hopes and dreams)," he says.
Eventually, Tucker and Sokka really started to bond. One day, for example, Sokka noticed that Tucker's tail would be really fun to play with - and quickly claimed it as his new favorite toy. "The best part was that Tucker was extremely tolerant of this behavior, treating it more like a slightly annoying little brother pulling on him," their dad days, "but he has never snapped at him."