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” 🙂
That was the day we picked up and brought home Cricket or her “Gotcha Day”. Cricket is her everyday name – she has one of those fancy pants official names also as she is a registered Labrador Retriever with grand champion bloodlines. What does this mean for us? It means she was expensive and that she is a Labrador through and through – otherwise known as a “Labrogator”.
Have you ever done one (or many) of those “what’s the best dog for me” quizzes? Here’s what happened when I did:
Want an easy to care for coat? Get a Lab
Want a happy-go-lucky personality? Get a Lab
Want a kid and pet friendly dog? Get a Lab
Want an easily trained and motivated dog? Get a Lab
You know what they don’t ask? How old are you – we’ll get back to this later 🙂
Let’s get back to that quiz….
Easy to care for coat – sure is, it’s all over my house not on the dog
Happy-go-Lucky = my puppyhood lasts for years(andyearsandyears)
Kid & pet friendly – yeppers, your child and cat fit in my mouth and there appearance is vastly improved by my super-duper glossy slobber.
1 Easily trained – I am sooooo much smarter than you (and faster and stronger and did I mention smarter?)
4. 2 Motivated – by FOOD and FOOD and Hey it could be FOOD
And here, in my opinion, is what the questions SHOULD be:
Are you ten years old in mental age (about 20 in physical age)? Good, good
Above average intelligence – like seriously above average? Excellent
Are you water proof or at least drool resistant? Awesome
Do you have the stamina of a horse? Strength of an ox? Speed of a cheetah? Yes, yes, this might work
Do you enjoy being obsessed over, stalked and never, ever being alone (including when you are showering)? Oh I think we have the dog for you! GET A LAB
And finally – are you ready to fall head over heels for a drooling, shedding, bitey-oh-so-very-bitey, four legged bundle of enthusiasm? Happy Belated 16 month “Gotcha Day” Cricket!