Nothing I Can Do About it Now

February 26, 2007

This Blog Needs Some Pictures

Filed under: Uncategorized — dregina @ 7:47 pm

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That’s the best dog in the whole world right there. I know a lot of people think they have the best dog in the whole world, and I don’t want to hurt anybody’s feelings, but…… those people are wrong.  There can only be one best dog, and it’s Fluppy. She has a halo, but she’s too modest to wear it.

She’s a Shepow. That’s a dog that’s 1/2 Australian Shepard,  1/2 Chow.

Oh wait, I just made that word up. She’s a mutt. I may be dipping my toes into the Waters of Controversy here, but damn! the whole Schnoodle, Labradoodle, Chuweenie thing just makes me think that those of us lucky enough to be born into the 1st world have WAAY too much time on our hands.

Let me clarify: the purchase of bred-for-sale dogs over mutts has always irritated me, and the Designer-Mixed-Breed thing, as the newest manifestation of Dog Eugenics, is freshly irratating.

Let me clarify further. I understand the impulse to go with a purebred, because it is important to be extremely careful about controlling for personality type when getting a dog.

You will want to like this creature whose poop you will be picking up for the next 10 – 20 years. 

Back in my dogwalking days, I walked for at least 5 or six apartment-dwelling Jack Russell Terriers who were purchased because their owners liked Eddie, the dog from Fraizer. Guess what? Jack Russells are herding dogs.  You might as well invite a tornado with a high IQ to come and live in your 600 square foot Manhattan apartment. Breed does matter.

Having said that – it’s my firm  belief that most people, in most cases, and  as a former dogwalker to the stars I have a right to an opinion on this,  can find a mutt with the right personality for them, with some guidance and help from the fine people at the pound. 

In other words, you do not have to buy a purebred dog to know what kind of dog you’re getting, and if you still really, really want a stupid fancy name for your dog then just make one up like I did, but you’ll have actually saved a dog’s life,  so get over yourself already and just go to the pound.

Ok, so who have I pissed off? 

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4 Comments »

  1. Aw, Fluppy!

    I have the world’s cutest dog, but he’s not the best, nor the brightest or most well-behaved. And he’s a pure-bred Shih Tzu! Knowing what I know now, I would get a shelter dog, but I don’t regret getting little Charlie. (Did you see him on the cover of this year’s Tidings from Shoreview?)

    Comment by joynmsu — February 26, 2007 @ 9:52 pm

  2. If I were to create my own perfect dog he/she would need to model themselves after Fluppy’s behavior. With a little bit of Charlie teeny puppy cuteness thrown in. And this is coming from someone whose not really a fan of things that don’t know to empty their colons into a contained space.

    Comment by Suzanne — February 27, 2007 @ 10:08 am

  3. my new tacoma friends have a labradoodle. he looks pretty funny with all that curly white hair and he runs around like a ballerina which is pretty cool to watch. i want to get a terrier and cross breed it with a persian cat. maybe we could call it a perrier. or a carrier. if we could cross my new carrier with a kangaroo then it could be a karrier and it could really carry stuff because it will have a pouch.

    Comment by seamus — February 27, 2007 @ 10:16 am

  4. Joy – Smart dogs are overrated. Dumb dogs don’t get into nearly as much trouble, are easier to train, and much easier to trick when necessary. Also, I agree that Charlie added a certain je ne sai quoi to this year’s Tidings. I think he may be the first dog to make the cover, which means he’s due for a Wikipedia entry any day now.

    Suzanne – Yeah! I’m so glad my cousin likes my dog. I know Cristian is an awful lot to have to put up with, but at least Fluppy is good company.

    Seamus – How about calling it a karrieroo? I think you could charge more. With the loyalty of a terrier, the laziness of a Persian Cat and the pouch of a kangaroo, it would be a great place to keep TV remote controls. You’re going to make millions.

    Comment by dregina — February 27, 2007 @ 11:25 am


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