Maybe it was because our previous dog was so near perfect. Maybe our expectations were just too high. But there are times our current dog just drives me nuts. And then there are other times I am filled with real love for this little guy.
The dog we had previous to this one was a blue heeler / border collie mix that we named Freckles. She didn’t live with us long, only 2 years, until unexpectedly she lost use of 75% of her kidneys and we had to put her to sleep. I took her death very hard, it was like losing a kid. She was by far one of the best dogs I’ve ever known. I was sure I’d never want another dog again.
So imagine my own surprise when I started working on my wife to get a dog just 2 years later. We had moved to a new town and had settled in some and I knew the kids would love a dog (and I would too!). Once I convinced my wife though, the question was, what kind of dog to get?
Well, I am allergic to various animals and some dogs can set me off (surprisingly Freckles never did). So we started looking for a hypo-allergenic dog and came across a lady selling Schnoodles. This is a mixture of a Schnauser and a Poodle.
We ended up picking out a little black male and took the kids with us to get him. Since I am a big Star Trek fan, we named the little guy Kirk.
Kirk is an extremely loving puppy. He seems to adore every member of the family and enjoys playing, cuddling and hanging out with each of us. At times he seems extremely intelligent too. He picked up the “Sit”, “Stay”, “Drop It”, “Down” comands very quickly.
But one thing we noticed fairly quickly is that he can almost be too needy. We think he might have some type of seperation anxiety which may be because during the work day he is home alone.
We have always kenneled him in the house because he adjusted well to it and our vet actually said to keep doing it now because his personality seems to indicate he would be destructive if left out of the kennel while we are at work or school. Fortunately we only have to kennel him 3 days a week, because I work from home one day and my kids go to a private school 4 days a week – with Friday off (my wife works there too).
The seperation anxiety seems to get really bad if anyone leaves the house – and I mean anyone. If someone comes to visit, when they leave, Kirk gets upset. If I take the trash out, he gets upset. For the most part if we are all outside, we take him with, but if one of us goes outside without him, the rest suffer in the house because he gets upset. This is shown in whining, barking, etc. He’ll usually calm down if the person leaves and actually left the area (gone to a store, etc) but if he can hear you outside, then all bets are off for the person who is inside with him.
Even when he is outside, he tends to spend a lot of the time barking at stuff. We have worked with him some on this and the barking/whining in the house and he seems to be getting better, but there are some days you just wonder what possessed you to get a dog!
And there are days like today. I came home, and he ran over to greet me. We’ve been working on making sure he doesn’t jump on you and he did very well with that, and then I greeted him and he was happy and went his merry way.
I then came downstairs to check some stuff on my computer and he came down with me. Normally he jumps into a chair beside me and goes to sleep. Today, he jumped into my lap, put his head on my arm and arm rest and went right to sleep almost as if he was saying, “This is where I wanted to be all day, I’m happy now.”
It’s times like that, that I remember how much I love the little guy. There is something wonderful about seeing that much affection coming out of a little furball like that. It kind of makes up for some of the things he does to drive me crazy.
NOTE: This was originally published by myself on my old HubPages account on 11/24/2008.