First, let me introduce you to my pups:
|Keeley, my sweet girl.|
She's my pound puppy! Actually, I adopted her from the Pet Adoption League in Tulsa, way back in 2009, when she was approximately four years old. She is (as best we can guess), a cross between a German shepherd, and a basenji. She looks more like a shepherd, but definitely has the personality of a basenji. She is my special girl. So loving and sweet and 100 percent neurotic. Her interests include tearing apart small stuffed animals, avoiding the human baby, and sneaking off to take naps in places she is not supposed to go. She is loyal, cuddly, and protective, and goes nuts is she is separated from her baby brother.
|McFly, being skeptical.|
He's our chubby little Pembroke corgi! We got him when he was just a wee pup, from a retiring breeder who lived out in the country. Before he came to our house, McFly ran around with a peacock all day. Now, four years later, he runs around with our two year old. Marty is all corgi, all the time. He is a cuddler, and is the tattle tale and rule enforcer among the pets (and kid). He is definitely the pack leader, or would be, if Norris and I weren't around to outrank him. He has trouble at the dog park, because he likes to herd the other dogs, but nobody likes to listen to him when he tells them how they should play. He is sweet, tolerant, cheerful, and talkative and his interests include napping, bossing everyone around, and eradicating squirrels from the back yard. But mostly napping.
So those are my dogs and I love them. And I would be lost without them.
My husband has a job that takes him out of town off and on, and due to my love of crime dramas and thrilling movies, I am completely paranoid about being in the house alone while he is gone. Fortunately, I know without a doubt that my loveable dogs would ferociously protect our house and family if the need ever arose, and that helps me sleep at night.
|Where does your dog fall on the spectrum?|
Marty is more vigilant at night, and often growls softly at noises I haven't heard, which serves the dual purpose of terrifying and reassuring me, since I am worried he is hearing a serial killer, but reassured that I am getting advanced warning about the killer entering my home.
|One more pic of my pups!|
At night, she sleeps at the foot of my bed, facing the doorway to make sure whatever comes into the room has to face her first. Marty is her lieutenant, sleeping in the living room usually, and making the rounds to check the rest of the house. It's really fascinating to see what a well coordinated security team they are. And I love them so much for caring about the family that way. We are really a tight-knit pack.
So what about your dogs? Why do you love them? What kind of security dogs are they?
Happy National Dog Day everyone! Go hug your pets (or adopt one if you don't have one)!
*As a side note, I do want to include a link to my local pet adoption agency, The Central OK Humane Society. They work very hard to provide good, loving homes to as many animals as they can: they are 100% no kill, all pets adopted through them are neutered, vaccinated, and microchipped, and they even have a service that rounds up feral cats and neuters them so that the city doesn't become overrun with homeless animals. If you can't adopt or foster a pet, please consider donating money or time to this organization. I have worked with them, and I can tell you absolutely that every person I have met through them puts the animals first and cares so much about their welfare. It's truly a worthy cause. Thanks for listening!
*Also on a side note, I was approached by DropCam and asked to assess my dogs' security prowess. However, I am not being compensated or asked to overtly advertise in any way. And I leaped at the chance to talk about my little furry friends.