I'm not a dog person, but I am a Scrabble person...
Dogs do annoying things:
1. They beg for whatever you're eating
2. They hog the bed
3. They slobber and lick WAY too much
4. They jump up on people
5. They "crotch" people (OMG, the lab mix I had in high school was the WORST crotcher EVER!)
6. They never just lay around and relax
Scrabble is NOT like a normal dog. He does NONE of those annoying things - never has - and I love him for it. He is the most wonderful dog I could ever hope for and I can't believe how attached I've become since we got him from the shelter 18 months ago. Best Valentine's Day gift (to myself) EVER!
I had just one complaint about him and it's been remedied. If we opened the door he would run out like a bat-out-of-hell and we'd have to chase him around the neighborhood, fearing he would attack any oncoming motor vehicle. He's not a chaser - he likes to jump at them head-on.
A few weeks ago I learned through one of my clients about these wireless pet containment devices and after a few days of begging, Chris allowed me to order one. It took about 5 days of working with him, but now Scrabble is perfectly trained. He stays in our yard and has fun playing with the kids outside, as opposed to the pathetic 10' lead we've had him on. It's an absolutely wonderful invention and I can't get over how much happier it's made me - and him, too!
Besides being a wonderful companion for the whole family, he sure is a handsome devil, isn't he?