The world is full of interesting dogs. Television programs and movies boast a bevy of them that captured American hearts, from Lassie and Rin Tin Tin to Benji or Toto from The Wizard of Oz. But what is it that actually makes a dog interesting? To find an answer, I turned to an expert.
“Dogs can connect with people on an emotional level,” says David York, the Executive Director of the Fulton County Animal Shelter in Atlanta. “They can detect when a person feels sad and they can be so funny. They’re non-judgmental and they are a lot more like us than we realize. That, I think, is what makes a dog interesting.”
And York should know. In addition to his work with the shelter, he’s also the founder and CEO of Barking Hound Village (a dog boarding and daycare facility) and the owner of Sophie’s Uptown, a canine-themed Atlanta bakery and restaurant named after a much-loved mixed breed that York shared his life with for close to 20 years. There’s no doubt his compassion for pooches, and especially the underdogs (no pun intended there, really), runs deep.
“The pet overpopulation is out of hand,” he points out. “People are surrendering their pets at an amazing rate, simply because they can’t afford to take care of them. It’s heartbreaking.”
So if you’re looking for an interesting dog and have the room in your heart and under your roof, here’s a diverse pick of fun-loving fidos that are waiting for you to be their new bff: