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Canine Conundrum

December 16, 2014


 I need your help!!!

Our Garden dog is pretty much the best thing to ever happen to dogs.  As a puppy she would amaze me with her caring instinct.  Once when I was out in the pasture with the overly tired baby…she came over and steadied the baby.  Then she stood firm as the baby pulled and fell on her trying to stand up.  Normally a dog not raised with babies would be disturbed by any of that… but not Garden… she is a saint.  I looked over and could see her shifting her weight so that the baby’s fumbling  didn’t make her stumble.   Now at just a year old she defends the flock against loose domesticated dogs and keeps the sheep in line. She can stand and block Ludo and she can get in the way when the sheep are trying to scurry past.

That said… any dog I see has to compete with the saintlike status of my mind reading Garden dog.

and that said… I have been thinking… obsessing over a new dog.  Garden can’t come in the house… she must stay in her sheep herd. I would like an indoor dog.  I know a lot about dogs… so I am no rookie.  We have always had dogs and I have seen so many breeds and gone to so many shows (including Westminster dog show) and rescues … I feel like I am at information overload.  Then on top of all that there are all these crosses… and the crosses interest me because this would be an inside dog…. and there are dogs that I like that when crossed with a hypoallergenic non shedder will have their shedding reduced…hopefully.

The husBen and I have always joked that when the kids move out… we would get a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.  However, I feel like the kids will never fully move out… the youngest is one… who are we kidding??

I am not against a foofoo type dog I just don’t want anything with a doodle or a poo in the name… they are great crosses I just would rather not… no judgement to all of my friends who own one.

So in the foofoo category we have:

  • Cavalier King Charles Spaniel
  • a Morkie … maltese yorkshire terrier cross
  • Toy Fox terrier
  • I have always liked the look of a Wire-Haired Fox Terrier (whiter version) but I have heard they can be tough to train.
  • So that being said I have heard a Jack Russel cross can end up looking like a wire haired fox terrier.


and then there is the responsible choice which would then require a ton of herding training work from me… which I am not sure I am even qualified to do:

  • The English Shepherd
  • The Border Collie

This is ridiculous.  I blame Garden’s perfection.  She has raised the bar of behavior so high, higher than I ever thought a dog could act,  so now I want this inside dog to be just as amazing. My brain is in complete overload of canine information.  No pressure new dog, but you must be the very best companion ever created , small enough to be allowed on the couch, pretty agreeable, not too flamboyant, loyal and want to hang out with me, be sort of hypoallergenic and never leak pee…. I hate that.  I once had a happy dog who would drip a few drops every time you gave her any praise… it was maddening.  New dog must be the Garden awesome indoor equivalent… only much much smaller! Good luck and no pressure!

This has been months in the making… in the obsessing…

any ideas?



4 Comments leave one →
  1. Susan permalink
    December 16, 2014 10:51 am

    How about a puggle – pug beagle mix. Smart and loving small dog. Can still go out with you but be a house dog too. And on top of that .. “cute”

  2. Loraine permalink
    December 16, 2014 11:07 am

    Aren’t Jack Russels and Border Collies high strung and high energy? My daughter’s Border Collie jumped through a window screen to get out of the house!!! She is no longer my daughter’s Border Collie! The best dog we ever had was a mutt! Snert was his name. He would position himself between our “not yet walking” babes and our woodstove every time they were creeping around. The worst was a basset hound, Eugene, who was impossible to housebreak. He was so lazy he would pee lying down, wherever he lay. He is not longer our dog!

    • December 16, 2014 11:44 am

      yes to the high strung… thats why if I got a jack russel it would be a mix or just a touch of the russel ;)… we had a jack russel growing up that was ridiculous… would run a basketball around the yard until he was dripping blood… he disappeared… I was too young to ask questions..ahem…
      and that bassett hound story is hilarious!!!!!
      the border collie would be a second choice to the english shepherd… and that is only if I go with herding instead of companion…

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