My last dog…
No,…that is not a statement. I have not sworn off dogs and will most certainly welcome another with open arms when our 4 canine family members cross over the Rainbow Bridge.
This isn’t a rant either,…rather an attempt to point out something that some dog owners often get hung up on.
I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve heard a dog owner, while in conversation about their current dog, say….”my last dog”, right before listing traits their last dog had that they wish their new dog possessed.
First things first…unless you extracted DNA from your last dog, cloned that canine and raised it to have the same life experiences as the first dog (which, by the way…is impossible), you will never again have a dog just like your last dog. The dog you now have may look like that dog, or remind you of that dog in some way…but it is not that dog….so please stop focusing on their differences and comparing the two.
When reflecting on the memories of our prior dogs we often forget about the work we did during the puppy years, how much work our parents put into that dog, how we may have had more time (and energy) before the kids came along, how much energy they had when they were younger (we remember their older, mellow/chill years). We remember the good times we had with them, during a different time of our lives…and yet we expect a new dog to be just like them at this point in our lives, after having totally different life experiences.
If your dog is named Max, III…and he isn’t royalty,…you may be having a hard time letting go of “your last dog” (and the one before that).
If you were to remarry after the passing of your spouse, saying “my last wife or husband…” before making a comparison in favour of the latter, it would not go over well with your new spouse. Even though your dog can’t understand, it’s not really fair to compare your current dog to your last dog. Each dog, even if they are the same breed, are individuals and they have had their own unique life experiences that have molded them into the dog that they are today.
I have 3 shepherds….and each one is unique. In fact, none of our dogs, or any of the rescue dogs that have come through our home have ever been “just like” another dog. Of course, some share breed traits, but their personalities are all completely different.
If your new dog needs some training to help them become more obedient, to learn some manners, or achieve off leash recall… then spend some time, put in the work and at the same time make some memories with “your new dog”…because although some good dogs just happen, some good dogs take a little work, and sometimes we forget the work that we did with “our last dog” that made them so awesome.
Posted in loving memory of my Siberian Husky, Ninja, who I lost in the fall of 2014. I miss him dearly and there will never be another dog just like “my last dog”… and that’s OK.
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