I’ve always been a fan of bigger dogs. They are the best to cuddle with. It’s so easy to lean in, wrap your arms around, and bury your head in the fur of a big pup. Riggins is the perfect size. When he cuddles up in bed with me I can throw my arm around him and snuggle up next to him. I tend to get a lot of big dogs coming to my house for dog sitting. On the DogVacay site, that I use, some hosts will only accommodate small dogs and often a big dog owner will look for someone who has a big dog too. Their thinking is a big dog person already knows how to take care of their beast. I tend to think big dogs are easier to take care of than small dogs but most people don’t agree with me.
Lately I’ve had a number of small dogs come through my door and into my heart. Let me tell you about just a few:
CREATURE – Creature is acorgi/spaniel mix. At four years old she has a ton of energy and is full of smiles and happiness. Let me tell you the two big negatives ofcorgis (andcorgi mixes) that you have to get over if you fall in love with one. First of all they shed like amo’fo’. Secondly their little legs actually make it difficult to walk them with a leash attached to the collar. The leash is constantly getting tangled up in their little legs and you have to work hard at keeping the leash up over their
head in the correct walking position. It’s kinda a pain in the bum. You need to get a walking harness if you want to make it easy to train them to walk on leash well. Creature is so darn cute those things don’t matter. The best thing about Creature? She squeaks. She is like a squeaky stuffed toy and whenever she is happy or excited she squeaks her head off. That means whenever I come through the door, or take her for a walk, or suggest we go to bed, or suggest she comes give me a hug she goes into a hilarious squeak fit. She also is the best poser and has what I call the “Marilyn Monroe” pose. When I want to take a picture of her I tell her to “Strike a Monroe” and she sits down with her head turned up and to the side. Hilarious!
LESTER – Lester is apuggle. That’s a pug beagle mix. He is a little ball of awesomeness. I’m not usually a fan of pug or pug mixes. No offense to the breed but it just doesn’t fit my lifestyle. Any short snout type dog isn’t usually a great hiker which means not a great companion for me. I would never dare say such a thing to Lester. First of all it would destroy his feelings. That is what it seems like. He is like a living super happy Eeyore who, with one negative comment from the human he loves, will be sent back under that sad little rain cloud. You just don’t want to ever disappoint that
face! Lester is the best cuddler. He is also one of those dogs who HAS to be under the covers with you. This can be annoying but not when it is Lester. It’s very comforting to have his little warm fuzzy body up against your legs while you sleep. He is also the king of pictures and every single time I snapped my camera and then took a look I laughed out loud. His face … adorbs!
DAMSEL – Damsel is a schnoodle. That is a schnauzer and a poodle mix. She is also Dragon‘s new sister. Now you know I adore Dragon so Damsel had a lot to live up to. Her dad told me she was younger and, although old enough to be house trained, was having problems and overall was taking a bit to settle into her new family life. I was expecting the worse. I drove over to their house to pick them up (their folks had already headed off on their vacation) and opened the door to nonstop barking from Damsel. Since she is still in training she was in her crate while Dragon came to the door to meet me with some happy kisses. I looked over at the crate and gasped. Loud. Dragon is sofriggin’ adorable I had expected a similar looking dog. The mug looking at me from behind the bars was the kind of face only a mother could love. I
was not sold on this kid at the moment. I got her on leash and took her home. By the time we got to my house I was converted into a Damsel lover. First of all she decided she loved me which is always a plus. Damsel had to be with me constantly. I actually had to finally figure out a way to secure her to the car seat because she didn’t want to be there. She wanted to be in my lap ALWAYS. Typing at my computer … in my lap. Watching tv … in my lap. Sleeping … as close to my lap as possible. She also quickly proved to be a pro off leash hiker just like her brother and her ability to leap like a bunny got me some great action shots! There is nothing funnier than a dog that leaps like a bunny.
Of course there have been a ton of others. Chloe, Sadie, Hank, Maisie, Fredo, Dot, and on and on. If I keep writing this blog would go on forever. Every time a little dog wiggles his/her way into my heart I think I love little dogs the best. Then I give Riggins a hug and get snapped back to big dog reality!