Of course we love all our dogs. But with some dogs, things are different. Our relationship is special.
Let’s fact it. Some dogs just get under our skin more.
The Foster Puppy Everyone Loved
I’ve fostered over a dozen dogs and puppies. And I’ve written about every one of them.
But our latest foster pup, Zoe, really captured your hearts.
How do I know?
Because I got more private messages, Facebook comments, and even emails about Zoe than any other dog.
We all think of Zoe as special.
But why is that? What is it about one dog that makes us all love her?
And what about when it’s one of the dogs we live with? Why does a dog get under our skin?
Evil And Crazy But Very Much Loved
Okay, my first dog Agatha wasn’t really evil. But she was definitely crazy.
It was obvious she had issues from the first moment I saw her warn her sister away from the front of the crate when we were meeting dogs at the Philadelphia shelter.
For the first thirteen years of her life, Agatha was never fully house trained. She terrorized her sister. And she was the leader in eating our kitchen floor, couch, and assorted (expensive) household objects.
But I loved my little neurotic girl just the same.
And when her sister, Christie, passed at fourteen years old. I had two delightful years with crazy Agatha who wasn’t so crazy now that she didn’t have her litter mate to contend with.
I don’t know why Agatha got under my skin. Maybe it’s because she was prickly. Or because she was so attached to me.
Or maybe it was just something in the water.
I’ll Never Have Another Golden Retriever
Deciding to get a purebred puppy from a responsible breeder was a tough decision for me.
But Honey has done everything I hoped for her: grown into a friendly and tolerant dog who could be my co-worker when I started fostering dogs.
But I won’t do it again.
For one thing, I know how many wonderful dogs are looking for homes in rescues and shelters. And with what I’ve learned over the past decade, I think I could choose a rescue dog that would meet any special requirements I have (say helping to foster puppies or being able to live on a small sailboat).
But most of all, I’m afraid I’d compare another golden retriever to Honey.
Just because they have silky golden hair and floofie tail does not mean they’d be just like Honey. And while I’m sure I would love them for their own quirks and personalities, I would also compare them to my sweet girl.
Because when I see a golden retriever, I think of Honey. She’s the gold standard (pun intended). And she’s really gotten under my skin.
I’ve Got You Under My Fur
Some people talk about their “heart dogs,” the pups they have a special relationship with.
It’s not a phrase I use. But I understand it when I hear someone else say it.
When you ask someone why they consider a dog their “heart dog” they often talk about that dog’s special needs or exceptional understanding or ability to do a job.
But I don’t think they know why a dog gets under their skin any more than I do. Sometimes it just happens.
And it happens for dogs too.
We all know dogs that adore our husbands or kids. We’ve had dogs that consider us their safe spot.
Because we humans get under dogs’ skin (er, fur) too.
I Love A Mystery
I can’t wait to read the lovely stories that will crop up in the comments about dogs that have gotten under your skin. Maybe you’ll be more articulate at explaining why some dogs mean so much to us.
But if you can’t, it’s okay.
Because I love a mystery. And I don’t need to know why a dog gets under my skin.
I’m just glad when they do.
Help Something Wagging And Join Our Giveaway
The Pet Blogger’s Gift Exchange is in full swing. And I promised I’d host another giveaway that everyone could enter whether they wrote a blog or not.
But I need your help first.
I’m thinking about the future of Something Wagging This Way Comes as I’m preparing for a big life change. Can you help by answering a few questions?
But don’t wait. I’m only accepting entries for a week.
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Your Turn: Do some dogs get under your skin more than others? Do you know why?