This dog, who I never in a million years imagined would live in this house, is fast becoming the new great love of my life.
And yet, I am her second choice. She is perfectly willing to blow me off the second MCB is around.
But for her, I’ll settle for second best.
She is sweet and gentle and so calm. So unlike others of her breed. Seriously, how often do you hear the words “calm” and “Lab” in the same sentence?
Our friend, her first person, was so kind to her and trained her so well that she is just a remarkable joy to have around. She waits for permission for everything: to jump in the car, to go out the door, to eat, to roll around on the floor.
And it’s not in a cowering, submissive, fearful way. She’s just super respectful. She doesn’t knock anyone down in her enthusiasm to go for a walk, she never sticks her nose into anyone’s crotch, and she doesn’t chase the chickens.
One of our cats is actually a bit offended that she pays zero attention to him. I reassure him that he still rules the roost, but he can tell that I’m lying.
I’ve had dogs before: a golden retriever while I was young, Lhasa Apsos, a couple of cow dogs, and then, the best dog ever born into this world, Sally Sue.
Sally was really special, a wise old soul in a really weird looking I am clearly a rez dog sort of way. Part heeler, part pit bull, part chihuahua, part coyote, and lots of parts of random, unidentifiable other breeds – maybe even a cat or rabbit mixed in there.
If you’ve known a rez dog, you understand, if you haven’t, it’s a bit hard to imagine.
And yet, funny looking as they tend to be, they are also, usually, the most loyal, appreciative, loving animals you will ever know. They certainly don’t have any sense of entitlement.
So Sally is the dog to whom all other dogs will always be compared. And so far, no one has come even close.
But our new girl is proving to be something really special in her way. She may end up being the other dog to whom all other dogs are compared.