When I shared the above photo with a coworker – they said
“Wow, that is a photo that makes someone go out and get a dog”.
We got a good laugh out of it but it’s true in a way. How many of us have been lured into buying something based on photography; a vehicle, vacation destination, clothes, new hair cut/color, etc.? But I digress – this post is about friends!
By nature, domestic dogs – canis familiaris – are social creatures and our two are no different. They love each others company. They share almost everything. I say almost because Cricket no longer wants Bug to go in her crate since the puppy pooed in it. Cricket is afraid of exactly two things in life: packs of raccoons and puppy poo 🙂 Sharing is great…. most of the time.
`Cricket even crunches up things and drops pieces for Bug to eat. Sounds cute..usually is except when it’s things that they shouldn’t be eating like paper, dominoes, pencils or unidentifiable things from the backyard. Case in point:
The other night we were bringing the dogs in from their last potty break before bed. I notice Cricket has something in her mouth and she notices me noticing. Cricket quickly chews “it” (which of course gets Bugs attention) and tries to swallow “it”. And then promptly gags. If you have ever been around a gagging dog you know what comes next.
Out pops “it” and with a bit of dinner mixed in. Bug was positioned to receive her shared pieces… and she ate it. And then she gagged… and then Cricket ate it.. and then un-ate-it. And then it was Bugs turn. This was all happening as we were trying to pick “it” up and throw “it” away. We finally won that battle and I think “it” was an owl pellet. Cricket has an iron stomach so whatever “it” was must have been really foul! So I guess that photo may be a bit of “false advertising” since it is rarely ever that calm here. And maybe it’s not only people that can “over share” 🙂
Puppies are said to sleep between 15-20 hours a day. Sometimes it seems like those awake hours happen when you want to sleep! We really were very lucky with Cricket – she slept through the night, unless she was sick, from the first night we brought her home. Actually she was soooooo active during her awake times that she slept soundly just about anywhere (note the above picture – fyi the pad is clean- she never used them for their actual purpose!) You know how some people can sleep anywhere – well Cricket is the dog that can sleep anywhere and through anything.
L – R: Cricket asleep with a Bug on her, asleep on the cat bed, on the kitchen floor
And some people or dogs are more picky about their sleeping arrangements. The perfect temperature, lighting, mattress quality… and I need you to wake up and re-adjust everything in my sleeping arrangements at least once – preferably between 1:30 & 2:00am. I don’t mind a second re-adjustment around 4:00am also.
So about those “match me to my perfect dog quizzes” we reviewed in my last post… this time we choose the “what’s a good companion dog for a Lab” and guess what? It was a Lab… so since hell has not frozen over, I went a different route. Here’s my criteria for a second dog (also known as please,please,please help Cricket calm down or at least be bitey with something besides me..):
Must like grandchildren and other animals but not insist that they be in your mouth
Must be Lab proof (ie drool proof, mud resistant, sturdy enough to bowled over, sat on, played with, mouthed, *zoomied on, etc)
That’s it. After some serious searching through puppy websites, Lab websites, interrogating friends, coworkers and complete strangers out walking their dogs about the personality of their dogs we completely ignored it all and decided to get a breed we have wanted for years: A Bulldog
Bug also has a fancy pants registered name and a grand champion pedigree. We’re not dog snobs but with Labs and Bulldogs you can come across some serious genetic disorders and unfortunately such popular breeds also have plenty of unscrupulous breeders, so having registration papers and pedigrees can help you avoid some of these concerns. It doesn’t help you avoid quite a hit to the pocket book though. Bugs “Gotcha Day” included a 3 1/2 hour drive each way. We were treated to a variety of barks, whines and snorts and many, many puppy kisses. But there was not one instance of bitey-mcbite-face – oh this is a match made in puppy heaven 🙂