Lately, I’ve been thinking about getting a dog. I used to have one, Monty, (pictured above) part Australian blue heeler, part Australian shepherd, but he passed away a couple of years ago and I didn’t have the heart to get another one. He was a good pet, a good watchdog, and very protective of my handicapped sister. If someone came to the door and she answered, he would get between her and the visitor, keeping a watchful eye on them. If I answered the door, he’d stand behind me as if to say, “Go ahead and take her. I’ll wait over here.”
Monty had other sterling qualities, though, like bringing me the occasional dead bird. I don’t think he ever understood why I always said, “Ew!” and grabbed the broom and dustpan. He liked to go for walks, but he didn’t walk on a leash terrifically well, but then I hadn’t been terrifically good at training him, either.
Since I’ve been thinking about owning another dog, I’ve been looking at pets on the local animal shelter and Humane Society websites, but it’s hard to tell anything about them from a photograph. Also, as I’ve taken my usual morning walks I’ve been observing people and their dogs. One lady that I see most days has a medium-sized one who must have the muscle power of Hercules because he forges ahead and she pretty much sails along in his wake. I’ve never seen anyone walk as fast as she does. I wonder if it might be easier on her if she wore in-line skates. Another lady walks four Shetland sheepdogs, the ones that look like miniature collies. They bark constantly as she shushes them. They seem like happy animals, though.
So, here is my question – Does anyone have a suggestion for the type of dog I should get? Of course, the ideal dog would never chew anything, never shed, always be well-behaved, and never bark, but I think I just described a stuffed toy.
I will happily consider all suggestions.
Patricia Forsythe is the author of many romances, both traditionally and electronically published. Her most recent releases are in the Oklahoma Girls series. At Odds With The Midwife was released in November 2016, The Husband She Can’t Forget in February 2017, and book three, His Twin Baby Surprise in May 2017. She hopes there will be many more Harlequin Heartwarming books to come.