These holidays, we are minding our neighbours dogs for a few weeks. Ruby is a cavalier king Charles spaniel, and Sadie is her half poodle love child. Although they are normally yappy little things, they must like the constant company they get here, and they hardly bark at all. Until it is time for them to go home and sleep in their normal beds, and then there is a long chorus of goodnight.

As regular readers will know we have a much loved lady Labrador, Kora. She is a little quizzical of these guests but is very lady like and hospitable. There is the occasional concerned look of  ‘But I’m still your favourite girl, right?” but she has not been at all aggressive. Such a lady.

Although Kora is indeed my favourite girl dog, I have always wanted a smaller dog. They are so cute, and easy to cart around, and pick up and cuddle I say. Can’t we have a Pug or a French Bull Dog? Please? Mr BC looks resolute and says NO, we CANNOT.  Which is annoying frankly, because he is not the boss of me or my pet selection.

However, since we have hosted Ruby and Sadie, he has changed his tune! He’s noticed how the boys interact with them, picking them up for a cuddle. They love Kora but no way in hell can they pick her up. He is starting to come around a bit on the subject of having a smaller dog……………

Which is a shame, because I have also changed my tune, and no longer think it is such an appealing thing at all! When I am at my desk they scuttle over my feet like hairy cockroaches. Ugh! Ruby in particular is the same colour as the floorboards and I am constantly tripping over her. Plus, she smells. I don’t know if it is her diet, but despite being washed twice, she is rank. Sadie has no problem not only jumping onto the couch (something Kora does, naughty girl!) She will also run onto you and up onto your shoulder! Like a freaky miniature mountain goat! I cannot like this. At least Kora has the good grace to hide her guilty face and try not to bring attention to herself when she joins us on the couch.

Is is all in the training? Or all in the breed? Are you a dog lover? Do you recommend a small or large dog? Or do you love cats? The Gentleman has been asking for a feline friend…..

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12 thoughts on “Dogs; Large or Small?

  • 01/08/2014 at 4:56 AM
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    I was never a fan of dogs but a few years ago we got a staffie who landed up destroying our garden so we got another staffie to keep him company. I don't know that they actually play together but he doesn't destroy the garden anymore – they've taken to destroying their bed when they are bored now !!!
    I have got to love them and am probably the one who looks out for them the most – I don't feed / water / do poos – but I do make sure one of the others do. The thing that I just can't stand is their fur that falls out – if we ever got another dog I think it would have to be one with hair which apparently they don't lose (according to A anyway !!!)
    I wouldn't mind a cat – although I think that when we get onto acreage and build for my folks they may buy one so will wait and then they can have the hassle of looking after it and I can just go down and play when I feel like it !!!
    Good luck !
    Me

    • 01/08/2014 at 5:31 AM
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      Good on you for getting a playmate for your puppy, most people just get rid of the first dog if they get a bit destructive. I wold love another dog, obviously something bigger than a spaniel. There is a lovely Great Dane at the dog park, but his owner said he has eaten a two seater couch so it's given me pause for thought. The hubs always wanted a Tibetan Mountain Dog but they are bigger than a 2 seater couch! The shedding is an issue even for our lovely lady Labrador, I can easily sweep up a wig's worth of hair every day. It's true that poodles and Cavoodles don't shed, and I've heard that schnauzers don't either..I like your plan to 'own' a cat! Very thoughtful ๐Ÿ™‚
      xx

  • 01/08/2014 at 6:00 AM
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    Much as I adore labs, your reasons are why we got a small dog – a shoodle. Maxi is such a great pet. The kids play with him constantly and he is loved nearly to death. When they are at school, he breathes a (small) sigh of relief and sleeps under/beside my chair as I write. I was skittish about a dog, but now I'm totally rapt. Do it!

    • 01/09/2014 at 4:36 AM
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      It took me ages (years, really) to come around to the idea of having a dog, but I'm so glad we did. They are such great companions to kids, and adults! All 3 of the dogs are curled up asleep under Mr BC's desk as I type, while the children rampage around the house.
      xx

  • 01/08/2014 at 6:12 AM
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    Smallish and non-shed but not miniature. I love how easy they are to drag around with you. I always wanted a bog dog, but not anymore. Those big poos turn me off

    • 01/09/2014 at 4:37 AM
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      Well, bog dogs do bog poos. I've made it one of the chores the children need to do for pocket money, so that solves that. I'm with you on the non shedding though. Maybe we could get a full size poodle? Hmmm…
      xx

  • 01/08/2014 at 7:40 AM
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    We love our cavoodle and our doodle ( foxy poodle ) I always said " no dogs" but now I am besotted. I love their smallness and cuff lines , and with three asthmatics in the house, the non-shedding is essential. I love watching the kids with them, but honestly , my favorite is when my big tough gruff husband picks up his little cavoodle Teddy and just turns to goo " are you daddy's boy? Are you? What have you done today ? Did you chase a car? Did you?" Totallly worth it for that laugh alone ! ยด*ยจ`*โ€ขโœฟ

    • 01/09/2014 at 4:40 AM
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      That sounds very funny! Kora is definitely the husbands bitch, I must say. The non shedding sounds VERY appealing.
      xx

    • 01/09/2014 at 4:40 AM
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      Haha! Doodle sounds better. ๐Ÿ˜‰
      xx

  • 01/08/2014 at 10:05 AM
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    I have a small spoodle whom I love to death. I cannot begin to tell you the joy he brings me and just having him near me is heaven. That said I would love a labrador (although I think I will have to get a bigger bed because I can't sleep if my dog is not on the bed with me)

    • 01/09/2014 at 4:42 AM
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      Labs definitely take up more room on the bed! They steal the covers too ๐Ÿ™‚ Dogs do bring a lot of joy, don't they? I love that their life philosophy is just to enjoy the moment. It's inspirational.
      xx

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