Now that spring is here (mostly) people like me who have hibernated all winter are bringing out their dogs for longer and longer walks. Even in busy downtown you can see dogs of all shapes, sizes, colors, breeds and mixes. We have two dogs a German Shepherd Dog, Duke, we rescued from the Humane Society of West Michigan two years ago and a Komondor, Karika, that we got a from a breeder in Georgia last August. With two large dogs you get noticed whether you want to or not and this season has been no exception. Depending upon which dog I’m walking I hear either, Is that a K-9? What kind of doodle is that?, Does he have wolf in him? , How does it see?! Did you ever consider adopting a dog from the pound instead of encouraging pet over-population, instead of getting a dogs who are bred to be nothing but pets?
My answers, in order: No he’s not, but thank you. She’s not a doodle shes’ a Komondor. Very few dogs actually have wolf in them (no matter what the owners think) and he certainly does not. She sees just fine. And we have adopted from the Humane Society, Duke; in fact before he came to us he had at least three different owners and was returned once to the Humane Society. Karika (care-ika) comes from a breeder in Georgia who both shows her dogs and tries her best to place some of her dogs on farms where they safely guard flocks of sheep or goats and actually do the job they were designed to.
I know how we came to have our dogs, the one about Karika is long and dry but is entertaining for those who like detailed stories. Duke’s story is quick and has some surprises and is entertaining to those who like fast-paced stories with some successes and heartache thrown into the mix. And your dog story? Don’t have one but want to? Check out the books that we have on choosing a dog and start your own.