Do you consider yourself a “Big Dog” person, or a “Little Dog” person?
Is there such a thing?
Does the size of your dog matter?
When growing up all the dogs in my life happened to be large dogs. I don’t think it was a conscience decision; it just seemed to happen that way. Living on a farm for several years the dogs we had there were always large. We didn’t exactly choose these dogs, many came from people that lived in the city and found the dog too big to live the city life. Yes, some dogs do end up on farms!
We had a Husky, a St. Bernard, a German Shepherd, a Doberman, Hounds and several mutts.
When I moved to the city and started my family, cats were the pet in our home. But as my children became older we decided to include a dog into our family. I continued to gravitate toward larger dogs. I didn’t think I wanted a small dog – too nippy with small children I thought, too yappy I was meant to believe.
Being a parent of small children you want to be sure your choice of pet is the right one. You worry about your children, you wonder if the dog you choose will be calm and gentle around small children. You wonder if the dog you choose will be able to put up with the noise and constant activity of small children.
Our choice was Winnie, a Golden Retriever.
We couldn’t have asked for a better dog. Winnie was sweet and gentle, but like any puppy, she had her challenges. Maybe I didn’t notice Winnie’s puppy stage as much because when you have small children, really what’s one more 😉
When we had to make the heartbreaking decision for Winnie to leave us and go over that rainbow bridge, I said I would never bring another dog into our home. Too heartbreaking I said; I couldn’t go through it again. But as the months past the house seemed empty and too quiet, I no longer had my shadow.
Maybe, just maybe, my heart could find room for another dog.
My family life was different now. My children were grown so there was not the concern about choosing a dog that would do well around small children. Yet I still gravitated to large dogs – briefly.
It was then decided our next dog would be a small dog. A dog that when it became older, arthritic, or a dog for what ever reason could no longer navigate stairs, I could pick up and easily carry up and down stairs. This was something I could not help Winnie with and it saddened me.
Never having had a small dog before, I really didn’t know what to expect. Were they as some portrayed them to be; snappy and yappy?
After much research and many discussions with other small dog owners, I kept being brought back to the pug. Pugs; referred to as clowns at heart, and those faces that let them get away with so much! Of course like any dog breed, each have their own health issues and personality traits that you must have an understanding of, and these dogs should be the right fit for you, your family and activity level.
Edie, or as she is well known to many: Miss Edie The Pug; came into our lives and changed my title of “Large Dog Person” to an “Every Dog Person”.
Is Edie that yappy, snappy little dog I was lead to believe little dogs could be? No.
Did Edie replace my beloved Winnie? No.
Edie taught me that there is always room in your heart for more love. Edie taught me that each dog, no matter the breed or size, comes into our life at the right time for the right reason.
Have you ever thought of yourself as a big dog or small dog person?
Do you think there is such a thing?
Does the size of your dog really matter?