Some people only ever have small dogs. Others love big ones.
I’ve met people who only ever have one breed of dog. And others who look like their dog family is made up of whoever walked in their door.
Why did you pick your dog?
Dog With A Purpose
Apparently I’m a member of a club. A golden retriever club.
People come up to me and Honey and nod knowingly. I have a golden retriever. So why would I have any other dog ever again?
But I’m not a golden retriever lunatic.
Don’t misunderstand me.
I love Honey with all my heart. She’s the perfect dog for me. And goldens as a breed are sweet and lovable.
But Honey came to live with me for a purpose.
When we knew that our previous dog, Shadow, would not be with us much longer thanks to a horrible cancer in her jaw I got an idea.
What if I adopted a dog who could help me volunteer with other dogs? Perhaps raising puppies for a service organization or fostering for a local shelter?
My dog would alway be there when I said good-bye to the dogs living with us temporarily. So it wouldn’t be as sad to see them go.
But Shadow, and my first two dogs, Agatha and Christie, were strongly dog reactive. None of the dogs I’ve lived with up to that time would have tolerated having strange dogs in the house.
I decided to start with a puppy myself so I could raise my next dog to be comfortable with lots of people, strange situations, and other dogs.
And I decided to stack the decks even more by adopting a pure bred dog from a responsible breeder who could tell me about the temperament of a puppy’s parents.
After thinking about all different breeds known for being friendly and easy-going, I finally decided on a golden retriever.
Raising Honey from a puppy taught me that I didn’t want to become a serial puppy raiser. I guess puppy breath doesn’t work on me. Puppies are nuisances.
So I signed up to foster dogs from the local SPCA. And most of the dogs we fostered were puppies.
I guess you can’t escape destiny. And neither did Honey.
She was an amazing foster sister to a string of puppies and dogs. She was tolerant. She knew when to play and when to hold back. And she taught an extremely fearful foster dog to come out of her shell.
I’m happy I picked my golden retriever. I love her to pieces.
But do you want to know what type of dog really turns my head?
Dogs Too Sexy For Their Fur
My first childhood dog came straight out of a Jack London novel.
He was a fierce predator. He would have thrived living on his own. He didn’t need no stinking kibble.
I remember my grandfather calling my dog’s father a wolf. I don’t know if he spoke literally or figuratively.
But from my memories of that dog, he could have easily been a wolf/German Shepherd hybrid.
Maybe it was those early memories of a dog I loved so deeply that even today I shed tears thinking of him. But a wolf-like dog will always turn my head.
I admire, love, and adore huskies, Alaskan malamutes, German shepherds, and mixed wolfy dogs of all sorts. Their strength, power, and intelligence amaze me.
And yet, I haven’t had a large dog like that since I was a child.
I love them. But I know better than to think I can provide a good home for one the way I choose to live my life. (Can you imagine a wolf dog being happy living on a boat in the tropics?)
A Dog Who Fits Our Lives
If I suddenly became practical, what kind of dog is the perfect fit for my current life?
Well, one that weighs less than twenty pounds, likes the water, and doesn’t shed would be a good start.
And yet I love medium and large-sized dogs.
I hate having dog hair everywhere I looked. But I can’t resist a dog with a soft coat.
I know I’m not the only one who falls in love with a certain type of dog even if it makes other things in life more difficult.
But dogs with particular temperaments, size, fur type, activity level, whatever, just capture our hearts and don’t let us go.
Why Did You Pick Your Dogs?
nosy curious about people and their dogs.
Why did that young guy end up with a chihuahua? Why do some people adopt dogs of the same breed over and over?
Is that person walking four dogs of varying sizes and types a professional? Or did she simply take in and fall in love with every dog who needed her?
So please indulge me. And tell me, why do you love the dogs you love?
Was it because you wanted to do an activity like agility or fostering? Do you love dogs with a certain look or personality? Do you love every dog and when one comes into your life you simply love the one you’re with? Are your dogs foster failures?
Or do you have some crazy story about how a dog came into your life that you just couldn’t say no to?
Here’s your chance. Tell everyone why you love the dogs you do. And if you’re on Facebook, share a picture in the comments for this post.
nosy curious girl happy and tell me why you picked your dogs.
Your Turn: This is a judgment free zone. No one will laugh at you if you say you got your dog because you loved his fuzzy butt.
Okay, we will laugh. But we won’t love you any less.