There are so many things that I love about my dog. (Ok, technically, it is my daughter’s dog. But when she’s away at college I get to pretend he’s mine.)

You have to understand, all my life I have wanted to have a dog. I’d see those puppies in the pet store window and dream about taking one home. As a kid growing up I used to beg my mom for a dog. She always said no. When pressed for a reason, her stern reply was always the same, “Because I said so, that’s why!”

There was no way we could afford it. Eventually, even though I stopped asking. Over time I married and had children but I still wanted a dog.

Two years ago, my luck changed. We (ok, I) had been looking for the right Husky/German shepherd mix to become a service animal our oldest daughter. Through a friend, we found one. Or close enough anyway. It turns out that we found a Norwegian Elkhound/German Shepherd mix instead of the Husky/Shepherd we thought we were getting. But that’s another article.

Tomlin came bounding into our lives at breakneck speed. We haven’t looked back yet. There’s been no time. All we’ve been able to do is hold onto the leash of our enthusiastic 80 pound dog and enjoy him!

Here are the top ten things I love about my (daughter’s) dog.

  • Wake-Up Pounces

The way he enthusiastically wakes up my daughters in the morning when they are home from school. If you have ever tried to awaken a dead person you know what I mean.

  • Guarding.

Since Tomlin came into our life we’ve not been bothered by rabbits, squirrels, cats birds or butterflies. He will however open the door and rush out to greet strangers if it’s not locked.

  • Therapy.

No day is so great that it is not made better by puppy kisses nor is it so bad that it cannot be made better.

  • He doesn’t talk back.

Unlike teens, he doesn’t talk back when asked to do something. He may not respond immediately but he won’t mouth off.

  • Weight Loss

Dog walking, dog chasing, being pulled by a dog and trying to keep up, are all great ways to lose weight.

  • Devotion

The dog will follow me to the ends of the earth. I am convinced that if I am holding his favorite squeak toy he would follow me off of the ends of the earth. Knowing this enough. I have no need to test my theory.

  • Nursemaid

When I was sick he brought me my inhaler when I left it in the other room and didn’t complain. How much better does it get than that?

  • His unbridled optimism.

He always looks at me hopefully when I come from the store. Even when I don’t bring him a treat he doesn’t seem to mind.

  • Forgiveness

He forgives me when he has to have vaccinations or have his ears cleaned. We’re still working on the forgiveness after having toenails clipped. No one is perfect.

  • Acceptance

Tomlin doesn’t care if a person has money. He doesn’t care if they don’t. He doesn’t care if you’ve had a bad day, if the bills aren’t paid or if the dishes aren’t done. All he cares about is if a person will pet him and throw his ball or Frisbee. Not necessarily in that order. For more information about this adorable breed of dog, you can pop over to this web-site. This will give you not only the facts about Mutt Puppy but it will also teach you some ways on how to take good care of your pet.

The number one reason why I love my dog?

  • Because I said so, that’s why!
Chris
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Chris Harrison is a content writer and editor from New Caledonia. He is currently managing Oneunionone which is based in North Carolino. Before founding the website, he was a full time editor in New York USA.