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15 March 2011

Five For Friday - Going to the Dogs

I love dogs. I love the "dogness" of them; the inherent openness of spirit; the unconditionality of their hearts; the inherent curiosity and wonder of their nature. I even love their childlike dependency. From the most adorable puppy or the most elegant pedigree to the scruffiest mutt, my heart melts for dogs.

The few periods in my life when I didn't have a dog were mere transitions. I grew up in a dog family and my son has never known a life without the comfort of a cushy, furry, drooly, devoted heart-on-legs. At first, we had two. Mandy was the "momma-dog" who cuddled the B-man and herded him away from perceived dangers when he was a toddler. We still miss her but we remember her with smiles and laughter. She was a character and the stories never grow tiresome, no matter how often the B-man asks me to tell them.

We still have Daisy. She has always been the B-man's playmate. Even now, at the age of 14, she staggers gamely along with him on our walks. She's not as fast as she used to be but the B-man shows his love by slowing down for her and not going where she would have difficulty following him ... because he knows that she would follow him anywhere he leads her. That's what dog-love is, after all.


Julia Smith said...

LOL! Those pictures are hilarious. And capture the spirit of dogs so very perfectly.

I'm a dog person, too, Coco - I have a 10-year-old mixed breed beagle/Nova Scotia duck toller, and I was in tears at my day job the minute I realized what had happened to Travis' cat.

So I love every song in your set today.

Jamie said...

Great set to go with a wonderful idea. I've only had "just visiting" dogs, but love them for exactly the reasons you state so well.

jennifer said...

I love this post especially because I LOVE my dog! :)

Coco said...

Julia: I wrote this post because of Trav's post yesterday. My dog is one of my children. Your baby sounds gorgeous with the combined characteristics of the breeds. My Daisy is a malamute/highland collie cross.

Jamie: Any time you can share with a dog is going to win you over. I'm glad you get to experience that.

Jennifer: Dogs are just so adorable, I don't know how anybody can resist them! What kind is yours?

Vinny "Bond" Marini said...

I lean toward dogs more than cats, but have had cats now for the last 15 years or so. Also had dogs.

My set is dedicated to Travis today

Polly said...

I haven't heard that version of Hound Dog. Nice.

My children have been begging for a dog for a while, well, forever, really. We found one last Saturday at pet adoptions, but when we asked about her, she was just finishing up the papers for her adoption to someone else.

We'll keep looking.

Travis Cody said...

I've had both dogs and cats throughout my life. I love your comment about the dogness of dogs. Anyone who has ever shared their life with a dog knows exactly what that means.

Debbie said...

love this one! I love my dogs (past and present)