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Going to the Dogs

Posted on Apr 6, 2009 by Lisa Ricard Claro   2 Comments | Posted in dog · penny · rigby

Behold — Rigby and Penny, my hairy kids. We didn’t name them after the Beatles’ songs Eleanor Rigby and Penny Lane. Sadly, we weren’t that clever. Boy, it hurts to admit that!

Rigby (yellow) and Penny (black) are Lab wannabes that we rescued two years ago. Their actual parentage is Lab and pick-a-random-breed. Very sociable, they love the local “dog park,” so designated as it boasts fenced areas where dog owners can let their beloved Fido run sans leash. Of note is how well these various canines interact.

Today our dogs ran with a Weimeraner, a Pit Bull, two Golden Retrievers, a Great Pyrenees and about five other mixed breeds including a sweet little something-or-other that was shaped like a Dachshund with the fur, ears and coloring of a Springer Spaniel (with red bows tied atop her ears she made quite the fashion statement.) They all sniffed butts, licked each other’s doggie drool, and played chase. No fights broke out. To dogs, another dog is just a dog. They identify each other by scent, not by their AKC certificate, color of their fur, or the religion of their owner. Rigby and Penny didn’t give a woof that Daisy is a Pit Bull and that Pit Bulls have a bad rep. Daisy was just a fellow pooch, and she was mighty fun to play with.

Seems to me dogs have a pretty great view of things.

I don’t mean to imply that I want to exchange handshakes for butt sniffs; but it would be nice if we humans could accept each other the way dogs do and revel in our sameness instead of always looking to our differences. Considering the state of the world these days, maybe going to the dogs isn’t such a bad thing.


2 Responses to "Going to the Dogs"

  1. Comment by klynn91
    April 7, 2009 at 9:37 pm  

    They accept us menopausal women in much the same way, with all of our mood swings, OCD behavior and a home as cold as a meat locker. We lost a member of our family this week, Hank the English Mastiff. A big teddy bear who will be especially missed by his two best friends, the little Min Pins Sadie and Lola. And no, Sadie was not named after the Beatles’ “Sexy Sadie” either!

  2. Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
    April 8, 2009 at 4:19 pm  

    So right! They do accept us no matter what. They are best friends and wonderful keepers of secrets. I’m sorry for the loss of your beloved Hank, but glad you have Sadie and Lola to help ease the pain. Lisa

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