More Than Just a Pretty Face

Just too cute for my own good.

Just too cute for my own good.

Every time I get a new foster dog, people seem to think I’m going to keep him. While I cannot deny that is bound to happen eventually, everyone seems to want me to keep the dog for the wrong reasons. The usual one? Because he’s cute.

I got that from a lot of people with my last foster, Merlin. He had the cutest little foxy face. But he was not even close to what I’m looking for in a dog. He was part herding dog. . .and that was about the only box he checked on my list!

Certainly, the way a dog looks is important. You’re going to wake up with that cold nose in your face for a LONG time; you’d better like what you see. And I definitely have preferences in what I find aesthetically pleasing in a dog. There is absolutely nothing wrong with having a certain look in mind.

What I do have issue with, however, is choosing a dog based solely on his looks. This is bound to cause trouble.

I mean, seriously.  What a goofy-looking dog!

I mean, seriously. What a goofy-looking dog!

A dog is much more than what he looks like. In fact, if you just want to live with a picture of a dog, get a poster. It’s far more important to make sure his nature and personality match with you and your household. I will admit, Risa is not exactly what I was looking for looks-wise when I sought a canine companion. In fact, I thought she was really goofy-looking (I actually still think that 😉 ). I did love her half-pricked ears and her seal-colored coat. That was about it, though. Over time, I have come to love her sleek coat, bulging muscles, and sighthoundy build. Even her face with her award-winning smile can’t help but bring joy to my life.

When you’re seeking out a new friend, remember it’s more important to focus on who he is not just what he looks like. Is he extremely active or a lazy couch potato? Is he tolerant of being touched or more aloof? Does he need a simple walk around the block or is he going to drive you batty unless he get training sessions, long walks, and games of fetch? You’re not living with a photograph; you’re living with that particular personality. Make sure it’s a good fit.

About Jamie

I'm just a traditionally-trained artist with interests in dog training. I currently teach classes at the local obedience training club (tricks, freestyle, and Rally-FrEe) and I also teach classes professionally for an organization who helps veterans train their own service dogs.
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