If you are a parent to humans, society gives you frequent opportunities to brag about your children. But what about pet parents? It’s only fair that we get equal opportunity. So, let’s create a place to brag about our pets. Whether your dog just learned to sit on cue, passed his Canine Good Citizen test, or your cat greets you at the door… what makes you proud of your pets?
Both of my dogs are career-change dogs from Guide Dogs for the Blind, yet they have completely contrasting personalities and didn’t pass the test to become guide dogs for different reasons. Gina, my three-year-old petite black Labrador, was career-changed due to dog distraction. She also has a naturally very high drive, which wasn’t suitable for guide dog work, but is perfect for the sport of dog agility. I am proud of her ability to stay focused on me, in the midst of being around hundreds of dogs. My brag about Gina is her agility run from last weekend’s trial. I love it that she is completely focused on me and her tail never stops wagging.
Sanchez, my nine-year-old yellow Lab pictured above, didn’t pass, because… well, he was just too much dog. He clearly never really wanted to work as a guide dog. He has a mind of his own and wanted to just be a dog. He’s gotten his paws wet in agility, musical canine freestyle, acting (as Helen Keller’s dog in The Miracle Worker), as the mascot at my music school, and he also just gets to be a dog. This video shows him in his early days of musical canine freestyle, dancing to my performance of Chopin’s Fantasie-Impromptu.
Do you have a brag about your pet (of any species) you care to share? Thanks for posting it in a comment below.