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Sunday, November 20, 2016

Dogs I Have Considered And Why

OK, Back to the old me. LOL! You didn't think I could really stay down for long did you? Oh naw! Never going to happen. My pa would want me to move on. He wouldn't want me to linger on this thing. So, I won't. Getting ready for the 22nd anyways. Got a big picture-posting day planned for that day, and I won't have it spoiled. Besides, as Katrina pointed out, my real friends are still there! 💝 Thanks guys and gals! Anyways, you all know one of the things I want to work on while I am taking a hiatus from Facebook is getting myself a dog. I need a dog before I can get back on Facebook. IF I do ever get back on Facebook. A lot of my friends do not want me to really leave. I do still have a lot of supportive friends there! I'm grateful for them too. So, I might go back. But not before I get a dog! The dog is going to be perhaps the most important tool in my rehabilitation. They are the one thing that makes me feel comfortable. Animals have always had that effect on me. I don't think I'm going to go with a chihuahua or a papillon this time. I want to go ALL different. I've done some research and come up with some great breed-matches for me. Not that I wouldn't love another chihuahua or a papillon, they've been awesome dogs! But I just want something different this time, but still well-suited for me. Here's some breeds I've been looking at. In no particular order...

1. Japanese Chin
They're so cute as puppies and so upbeat and beautiful dogs as adults! I've just got to have one. This is also Katrina's favorite breed. I used to visit her place and she's always had chins jumping all over me whenever I visited. I fell in love with them all over again. I used to like them when I was a kid, and I think I'd love to try having one.




2. Pomeranian
Actually, I am not a stranger to pomeranians. I raised them for a while back in 2000, and had a couple of litters. I call them the "clowns of the dog world" or, shortened it to "clown dogs", because no matter what, pomeranians always seem to make me laugh for some reason. For one thing, they are always cheerful. They seem to always smile, and their tails are always going. And I never have seen a more random dog breed in my life!! Not even chihuahuas are quite as much fun to have around.


3. Powderpuff Chinese Crested
Truly a beautiful dog, though I would have to have a powderpuff version. We had one back in 2000, but he came with quite a bit of behavioral problems. He had a severe case of separation anxiety. He would howl while we were gone so loud the neighbors would think he was being tortured! Even though he wasn't. So, we had to send him to live with someone else. But if I can get one that does not come with serious behavioral problems, I'd love to try having another one of these. It'd have to probably be from a reputable breeder. Can't get one any other way.


4. Italian Greyhound
I find these pint-sized versions of the greyhound fascinating! This is another breed that Katrina used to have. In fact, I think she still has one. They have all the qualities of the greyhound, only in a tinier package. They are so little and so cute! I remember it was fun playing with Katrina's dogs, we'd go out into her back yard and play fetch with these guys. They are active, but I like that. They'd make wonderful walking buddies, especially on those long walks I like to take. It'd keep them active and in perfect shape.




5. Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
I've never had one before, but I fell in love with them when I wrote about them on this blog before. I would love to try having one. They seem like the perfect little companion dogs. Well, I've always loved the spaniel family of dogs, they are always so mellow and sweet. These little guys are just perfect for a single person like me. I want one like this one in the picture, either a solid black and tan or the white with black and tan spots. A dog like this would definitely have to be acquired from a reputable breeder, as they have been overbred now and are plagued with health problems.


6. Tibetan Spaniel
Again, I always seem to turn most toward the spaniel family. I always had papillons and chihuahuas. This one is partly a toy breed and partly a utility breed. Either way, they are awesome guard dogs! I used to see one walking on the docs back in Astoria, a woman had one of these and it was so doggone CUTE!!!! I always wanted to bring it home. But then again, I said that about every dog I met there. Heck! I just love dogs! I think my sis had one of these, which she named Randle. Though he was sold to us as a pekingese, I think more thinking back on him now, that he was one of these guys. He looked more like this than like a pekingese.



7. Shetland Sheepdog
They look like miniature Lassies. For some odd reason, I am just drawn to that. This is a breed I would just love to have! I always pictured myself getting one, and I came dreadfully close to getting a sheltie twice in my life. The first time was in 1990, I had a friend that bred shelties as a hobby, and she was going to just give me one. But my ma said my dad would have a fit! So I didn't get one then. Then again in 1999 I came close, I had a deposit down on one. But forces beyond my control stopped me from getting one then. Who knows? Maybe this time will be my time to get one?


8. Toy American Shepherd
This is the smallest version of the Australian Shepherd. I used to breed Australian shepherds (standard-sized) back in the mid 90s. It was a project I helped a boyfriend take on, starting in 1996, and worked on it all the way up to the year 2000, when we bred our last litter. I had to give it up because grandma needed round-the-clock care, and I had to help. So, I had to give up the dog breeding. But looking at this today, this is a breed I would love to have! They have all the qualities of the standard Australian shepherds (which, BTW is an American breed), only in a smaller package. They are made for apartment living.




9. Scottish Terrier
Ever since I was a little kid, I've always loved Scotties! They are probably one of the most iconic breeds in the world! I even had a Scottie that I named Mysti. After the INXS song, Mystify. She was a good dog too. And probably a better rat-killer than those doggone cats we used to have! I wanted to keep her forever, but my dad, who owned the house we lived in, told us we had too many dogs, and that we could only have one. So, since my sis had her dog longer, he made me get rid of Mysti. To this day, I wish I hadn't done that.


10. Miniature Dachshund
When I was a kid, I saw this movie called The Ugly Dachshund, about a show-breeder family that had dachshunds and a great dane. Ever since then, I've been in love with getting a miniature dachshund. I always wanted one! I'd love to have a smooth and a longcoat, if I decide to go with these. They are more like companion dogs than hunting dogs.


11. Cairn Terrier
Actually, this is one of my most favorite terriers of all. I remember first seeing this breed when I saw the Wizard of Oz as a child. I didn't much care for the movie, but I did find myself fascinated by the dog, Toto. Then, when I got older, there was this book called The Complete Puppy and Dog Book, which became like my own personal Bible. My first book of dog knowledge. There was a picture in that book of a Cairn terrier and I fell in love with the dog in that picture. It was so darn CUTE!!!!! I wanted one like it.




Well, that is the list of dog breeds I would not mind having. I try to keep it simple. There are other breeds that I do love, but probably would not even consider owning at this point in my life for various reasons. But this is my target-list of breeds I have been looking into. I do need a dog! I have yet to decide which one(s) I truly want. But when I am ready to get one, I will make an announcement on here. Thanks to Katrina for the suggestion to do this post.
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