As you may have guessed by now, I love animals……especially dogs. It doesn’t matter what size, what color, what breed or what age they are…….I love them all. I am drawn to dogs like a moth to a flame. When I see a dog walking down the street, a smile instantly appears on my face. And when I encounter a dog in a pet store or in a park, I strike up a conversation with the owner mostly so that I can ask permission to pet their furry companion. I wouldn’t say that I’m obsessed with dogs, I just really like them.
I’ve often asked myself what kind of dog I’d want to be if given the opportunity to switch species. The choices are overwhelming. Each breed offers so many abilities and qualities that would really be great to have. For instance, a herding dog like a Collie or a Corgi would have lots of energy, focus and determination. When given a job to do, they don’t rest until the job is complete, no matter how long it takes. I could use some of those abilities in my life now……maybe that stack of paperwork on my desk wouldn’t be so high. Maybe I could be a working dog…….like a German Shepherd, a Lab or a Golden Retriever. Those dogs are so dedicated and smart. I could help a police officer track a bank robber on the run. Wait, that sounds rather dangerous…and I don’t really care for danger. Maybe I could help the police walk a little old lady across the street……yeah, that sounds better. Maybe I could live with a blind person and help them get to work or go shopping or even show them where the bus stop is located. I think I’d like that kind of work. But wait, I don’t like shopping all that much right now and I couldn’t tell you where the bus stop is located in my neighborhood…….I might not be a very good working dog.
What if I were a companion dog……like a Pug or a French Bulldog? Those dogs just want to be with their people all the time. I could do that……I like people…. for the most part. But what if I get bored or if my person isn’t around much. Or, what if I get a person I don’t like……. that wouldn’t be any fun at all. Maybe I’d better rethink this.
I don’t really think I’d like to be a Terrier……while I like Terriers, they can be a little on the naughty side. I like all of the energy and drive they can possess, but if they don’t have some good outlets for all of that wonderful energy, they can get into heaps of trouble. I don’t like “trouble”…….I like to follow the rules. Terriers, though they know the rules and what their humans expect of them, will sometimes make up their own set of “guidelines”…..just to make life more interesting. So, being a Terrier is out. A Terrier’s idea of “guidelines” scares me…….
How about a Toy dog…….like a little Poodle or a Maltese or a Teddy Bear dog……..they’re so sweet and cuddly. People “ooh and aah” over these sweet little fur balls all the time. They don’t do a whole lot except look cute….. and I’m pretty cute right now. The transition from human to a Teddy Bear dog would be a snap! But then, I’d like to have some purpose in my life. Being cute might not be enough for me over the long run.
As you can see, making a decision as to what kind of dog I’d like to be is really, really hard. In the end, I think I’d like to be a mixture of a few different breeds. This way, I’d have a much better chance of getting some of the qualities I admire in dogs. Here’s my recipe:
Take the warm loving face of a Golden Retriever, blend in the strong, sturdy presence of a German Shepherd…mix well. Then add the dedication and love of a French Bulldog and the focus and drive of a Collie. The mixture may be a little lumpy, but that’s okay…..we’re not shooting for perfection here. To this mixture, add a drop of the “cuteness factor” of a Teddy Bear dog. Pour the batter into a large pan. Just before you put the pan in the oven, sprinkle 1/2 teaspoon of Cairn Terrier “mischief” over the entire mixture…be careful, a little goes a long way. Bake for 3 months……….then Voila!…….I’m born!