A Big Dog Gal

There was a time when I strongly disliked all dogs less than twenty pounds. I can’t say why, though it was probably due to simple ignorance. I thought all little dogs were yappy, nippy, snooty creatures who prefered sitting on laps to playing games of tug.

As I have become much more knowledgeable in the way of dog, my prejudices have slowly disappeared. There are actually several wee dogs with whom I enjoy spending time. Since entering the agility world, I have discovered that size does not matter in the slightest when it comes to athletic ability. There are many eight-pound canines that live to fetch and run and jump around. I could not have been more unfair in my former dealings with them. It is one area in which I am thrilled to have been wrong.

 That being said, when I think about the future and bringing a second dog into my home, I don’t see myself with a Chihuahua or a Papillion. As much as I have learned to appreciate their dainty footsteps and their perky attitudes, the fit just doesn’t feel right. Not yet.

This point was brought home in a glaring way during a recent visit to a local shelter. The moment I set my eyes on this guy, I was dizzily in love.

Rambunctious and goofy, with an incredibly handsome face, Caper had me wrapped around his magnificent paws in seconds. I can’t say exactly what it is that appeals the most. His ears, his shiny eyes, his huge, wiggly body. Perhaps the way he tried to play tug with my mitten, or the lack of hesitation he showed in displaying his affection. Others may have started at finding a large dog leaping upon their chests. Not I. The whole package just made me laugh out loud. If I had the space for him, and the funds, I am pretty sure I would have adopted him on the spot. Crazy tail and all.

Don’t you think he and Shiva would make amazing pals?

I don’t avoid small dogs any more. They are cute and energetic and they take up much less space. They have less fur to stick to my clothes and they are usually willing to share the couch. Their smaller appetites are also easier on a budget. Furthermore, small dogs are infinitely more practical for a woman without a fenced yard.

But I am a big dog gal, inside and out. If someone doesn’t adopt Caper soon, we could be in very serious trouble.

23 thoughts on “A Big Dog Gal

  1. You could live on beans and tuna for a while. 🙂

    I think for the most part, people find the dog that works for them, whether it be large or small, active or a couch potato, purebred or mix. Small dog is not for us right now, but maybe some day.

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  2. He is a total cutie pie!!! I like mid-range dogs… 25-70lbs tend to be the sizes of dogs I am most drawn to. I think Caper looks like a GREAT buddy for Shiva…. it would be QUITE the crazy fun house!

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  3. I am sure you are able to love every dog as soon as you have laid your hands on them 🙂 Though Caper is very irresistible.
    Suppose you couldn’t adopt, and you would have to choose a breed, what qualities are you looking for, and not looking for, in a dog I wonder? Just out of curiosity.

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    • That’s a good question. Before Shiva we were looking at purchasing a Nova Scotia Duck Toller from one of many local breeders. I still adore the breed for their energy, friendliness, and beautiful appearance, but I don’t know if I still consider them the best breed for me. Primarily, the characteristics I’d look for in a second dog would have to match Shiva’s. The two would have to be best friends. For instance, I wouldn’t want a dog that prefered sleeping to playing or that couldn’t keep up with the Shivster. Also there is agility to think of. 😉 Really the breed doesn’t matter half so much as the dog’s personality.

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  4. He looks like a great dog. I was a big dog person before I got Chester my first weiner dog. I wanted a Rhodesian Ridgeback but inherited this small dog. The thing is he can out hike me anytime. He is such a go getter. Small dogs are capable of way more than most people give them credit for…as I have learned since getting him andyou have found as well. However, your heart clearly has a preference so you should go with it. Like 2browndawgs said – You could live on tuna for a while 🙂

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  5. As men like to say, size doesn’t matter, it’s what you do with it that counts. 🙂 I love all dogs, regardless of size, and am dying for a small fluffy thing that fits into my lap.

    By all means adopt Caper, but make sure Shiva meets him first, and, er, change the name, eh?

    p.s. “There are actually several wee dogs with whom I enjoy spending time.” Thanks for not saying, “…who I enjoy spending time with.” 🙂

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      • Thank you – incorrect grammar grates my nerves; I, too, appreciated the “whom.”
        I go for dogs with personality and need. My heart dogs were Louie and Penney. Louie, had he been temperament tested, would never have been adopted out; he was quite the card and very food aggressive but I loved him. Penney was a mutt found pregnant in a ditch; my friend adopted out her puppies and I adopted Penney. I miss them both – Louie was on the small side, being a Beagle and Penny was medium, about 40#.
        I now have two Dachshunds (among all the others), one of which I am itching to take hiking thanks to the inspiration of YDWWYW?; Seymour needs to lose weight plus he won’t quit on me like Danny Quinn does (falls over on his side and won’t budge).
        Your heart and Shiva will tell you who is your next dog. Tuna sounds good to me – and Ramen noodles.

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  6. I’m a big dog gal too. I seem to keep going larger with each new dog that enters our life. But I’ve developed an appreciation for the little guys and the Hubster and I always say that we’ll go little once we’re too old and decrepit to keep up with the big ones. However, if little dogs the way I have to go when it comes time to convince the Hubster that 4 isn’t insane, we may be going little sooner rather than later. 🙂

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  7. Caper looks super awesome! He’d make an excellent pal for the Shivster, I’m sure.

    Being clearly (also) partial to big dogs, I must take exception to the space comment, given that neither our house nor yard are that big, but a Newf only needs a couple square feet for sleeping, and some quality walking/training/play time.

    The shedding doesn’t stick, either, but that has nothing to do with size – just the oily coat prevents it from sticking to fabrics.

    You are bang-on about the food, though; Moses and Alma are not cheap dinner dates.

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  8. Hubby and I went on the peanut butter and bread diet for a month to bring Kuster home! 😛 I’m just saying where there’s a will, there’s a way! (And yes, I am a hopeless enabler!)

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  9. Until my Jack Russell Terrier, all our dogs had been medium to large dogs. Song (my greyhound) is the largest we’ve had. The nice thing with small dogs is that they will curl up on your lap and you hardly know they are there. You try that with a 30kg Greyhound……:)

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  10. Hi Kristine, maybe you would consider “introducing” Shiva and Caper to see how they’d get along first. As far as funds are concerned, with four of us here, my mom and dad are kind of really poor but richer because they have us. Seriously though, the money part will work itself out. It always does. It’s the time commitment part that’s harder.

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  11. I’ve always had small dogs except for an Old English Sheepdog. She knew all she had to do was sit and remain stubbornly still and I was at her mercy. Obedience training was always on her terms.

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  12. I’m a big dog girl too . .I just like a dog that I can give big hugs to 🙂 I think small dogs are adorable and I know a Yorkipoo named Mr. Big that I LOVE – we keep talking about a smaller dog “next time around” – but hopefully we have plenty of time before we will need to think about that 🙂

    Caper is so handsome . . THAT is exactly why I don’t go to the shelters!!

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  13. I wrote a very similar post not too long ago. I’m still not certain how I ended up with 25lb and 33lb dogs. I grew up with a GSD and a Viszla. Moree was my smallest dog ever at the time, at 55lbs.
    But I have learned, for me, its all about the personality. I don’t like the little shivering, shaking dogs. Larry, even at 25lbs, works for me because he is pure terrier. He is 100% dog and 0% accessory, and that’s what I like.

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