Today I would like to share some quotes by famous people about our canine best friends.
“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.” – Groucho Marx
“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.” – Josh Billings
“Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.”- Roger A. Caras
“Dogs feel very strongly that they should always go with you in the car, in case the need should arise for them to bark violently at nothing right in your ear.” – Dave Barry
“I’ve seen a look in dogs’ eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that basically dogs think humans are nuts.” – John Steinbeck
“If you get to thinking you’re a person of some influence, try ordering somebody else’s dog around.” – Will Rogers
If you have had a chance to look at my Cast of Characters page, you will see a wide range of dogs have shaped my life. One of my best friends was a pure bred Collie, while the last to join our pack was 100% mutt, who at the estimated age of 6 stole my heart when I saw him at a pet adoption event. Both shared their lives with me in the same manner. Both made me laugh. Both gave me tears of joy when I was boisterously greeted after a long absence and tears of sorrow when they departed this life.
Our pack currently includes a 50 lb Australian Cattle Dog X and a 100 lb Lab X. I honestly believe that dogs do not see size and do not see breeds. If you have spent time in a dog park, you notice that one breed doesn’t hang out in one corner separate from other breeds. A mutt is not shunned for his lack of proper breeding. Instead they mix and mingle based more on energy level than anything else.
I did not and do not receive more companionship from our pure bred dog than from our pure bred mutt. Our 50 lb dog does not require or seek less love than our 100 lb dog, although it is harder to ignore the 100 lb dog when he decides to be a lap dog.
Dogs come in all different shapes from a 4 lb Chihuahua to a 200 lb Mastiff. The American Kennel Club officially recognizes 177 dog breeds. So as a starting point there are 177 types of dogs to love and I would think there are more than 177 ways to love them. However, that is just the tip of the iceberg. The possibilities for love and companionship increase exponentially when you add in cross breeds and the lovable mutt.
The first lesson my dogs taught me is that love comes in all shapes and sizes. The second was their love and companionship is not conditional.
Welcome to my first blog. I am sure you are wondering who I am and why you should read my blog. Hopefully by the end of this blog you will have answers to both these questions. If you are a dog lover or a potential dog lover, please stay with me while I introduce myself.
I am a relatively new dog lover. I never grew up with dogs although I desperately wanted one. As a young ambitious adult, I hesitated getting a dog. I was unsure of whether I had the time to give a dog a healthy and happy life. My focus was my career. As such it was only about 14 years ago I finally got my first dog. After researching different breeds and getting advice from a local vet about what would be a good fit with my busy work schedule and who would fit into a family with a young boy, I was ready to take the leap.
The final decision was to visit local animal shelter in search of a Lab or Lab cross that was already house trained and well behaved. It didn’t take long to find a 7 month old black Lab cross. Although he appeared to be well behaved, he had just been returned by a previous adopter.
That first leap lead to having, until recently, four dogs: a purebred Tri-Color Rough Coat Collie, an Australian Cattle Dog/Border Collie cross, a Lab Cross and a true 100% mutt. These were my trainers, and mentors in dog parenting.
What I would like to accomplish with this blog is to share the lessons I have learned over the last 14 years. I hope I encourage some, who are hesitant, to take that plunge to adopting a dog. I also will share some information from the real experts on how to find training, good health care, nutrition, pet sitting and boarding for your dogs.
All of this will be wrapped in stories that show how much love, laughter and unfortunately sometimes tears my dogs have brought to my life. I hope you check back later for new posts and will share you comments and thoughts with me.