I look forward to joining you with "I have a dog because ..." As it is now, I have two granddoggies and when it's time to go home, I don't want them to leave. Everytime they spend a couple of days in a row with me, I threaten the parents that we may not be here when they get back cause we're getting on our disguises and heading to Cuba with the puppy allowance. They fill my day with joy, a diversion from work, and every day they spend with me is an enriching growth experience.
Chagall's mom ... thank-you. I am decided that a mpoo is the best fit for me.
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"I know a couple of people who say that when their dogs pass away, they won't get another one."
I've said this several times. I said it when I just had Leroy. I couldn't imagine a more perfect dog than him. I even said "I think Leroy is the only dog I'll have in my life." Then I got Louis. I've said, "When they pass, that is it. I will not have another dog." But I have a feeling I will eat my words, and I will always have a dog in my life. I'm already sort of eating my words when I said "Two is my limit. I cannot handle more," and here I am, getting the itch for a THIRD dog. I just cannot help it! I guess I was born to have dogs in my life.
I am also a huge cat person. I LOVE my cats. When I think of them passing, I cry and cry. I just cannot imagine my life without them. However, as much as I love them, I believe cats sustain who you are, they go right along with your lifestyle, whatever it may be - but dogs makes you change who you are, and they always change you into a better person.
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Lou is like therapy to me... she enlightens my everyday! And taking care of her, making sure she has a great life makes me soooooooooo happy!!!!! :-) She is like my child (I dont want to have children, at least not yet hehe)
[IMG]Lou-wonderful puppy hug to start the day by Lou Standard Poodle, on Flickr[/IMG]
Apollo & Lou - my perfect wonderful spectacular magnificent poodles!!!!
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I feel safe around dogs. Dogs act like dogs. Dogs think like dogs. If you are willing to spend time to understand them, you know what to expect from them and the relationship you build with them. I do not feel safe around humans. Some humans, on the other hand, do not think like humans. Some humans pretend they do think/act like humans but they don't.
Why do I have dogs in my life? Because I need them. Because I trust them. Because they do not take me for granted. I am grateful to have them in my life.
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Lou's Mom......Lou is good practice for those future children! My niece said she didn't want kids and when she was 30, she and her husband got a Boxer.....she now has three boys!!!!Hahahaha!!!
p.s. Molly became my new child when my Grand-Kids didn't need a fulltime babysitter anymore! She's my source of fulltime enjoyment now!
haha! I also bought a plant before Lou and it didnt die.. hahahahahah
So I guess the practice is going well! :-) Thanks for your response!
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Names of dogs: Remington, Jackson, Bailey, Nelly, Kody, Rumpus, Meesha, Thayer Bear and Reba
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Hmmm why do I have dogs... Well, I could easily say Remington is better than any man I have had in my life lol... There is nothing like coming home to them... Remington is ready to cuddle up on the sofa at any time, he never leaves the seat up, and is always the perfect gentleman Two words.. Unconditional Love
"I know that dogs are pack animals, but it is difficult to imagine a pack of standard poodles ... and if there was such a thing as a pack of standard poodles, where would they rove to? Bloomingdale's? " --Yvonne Clifford, American actress
1. The wife said we needed a guard dog. Her name is Killer Fang, but we just call her Fang for short, and she alerts me to strange noises, in the night or day.
2. My cardiologist said I have to walk for an hour each day and I am very creative in finding varieties of excuses why I need to put off my walk until tomorrow. Fang accepts no excuses and we walk every day no matter how hot or cold. The beer gut I have so much invested in is now growing much smaller.
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After thinking about the question I realized a few things.
First the unconditional love and loyalty that dogs give. They never complain about "the small things" in life. They are always always glad to see you.
Secondly the protection factor. I know that if anything or any one came around my family Rhett would alert me/ us and then protect. Case in point DH came home very late after being at work after I had gone to bed. Rhett was crated thank goodness for my husband. The racket that was raised until Rhett realized that it was DH was horrific.Then when all parties realized who was who everything was ok!! My DH has no doubt that Rhett is better than ADT!!!! LOL !!!
Then there is the companionship. Always wanting to be close... Ready to adventure or be a couch potato.. Whatever is on the schedule he is ready for.. With no complaints! He will listen and not interrupt ... Unless he has to go outside...
My life is so much more complete with my dog and would be horribly empty with out him!