As time has gone on living in a house with lots of dogs, I’ve had two dogs decide they were mine. One is Anka, who gets good billing on this site, mainly because she is an adult German shepherd that is pretty easy to put into poses.
But I do have another dog that has decided he’s definitely mine. He’s a bit fancier stuff than Anka, because he’s a show-bred whippet.
Yes, my other dog is a cushion that can run over 30 mph if he wants to.
So though I did mention him on here when he was a very young puppy, we have come to the conclusion that Poet is my second dog. He is one of the nicest dogs I’ve ever had pleasure to get to know.
He was supposed to be Jenna’s, but he came into her life at about the same time I moved in. He just decided he liked me, almost exactly the same way Anka did.
However, I don’t know a blasted thing about showing a whippet, but he is going to be a show dog and a lure courser. He also makes a darn good table for my laptop, a task which he serving to the best of his ability as I type this.
He’s of Sporting Fields lines. Here’s his pedigree.
This is a different sort of dog for me altogether, and right now, I have this dog, the German shepherd, and a saluki puppy I’m helping raise and send to Australia that have become rather attached to me.
I never thought I’d say it, but I think I’ve really moved on from golden retrievers. Nothing against the breed, but if I ever get another one, it better be a very special one.
I will always love and admire the really driven working goldens, but when I want that in a dog, I think it’s a lot easier to get that in a working German shepherd, which are much more consistently produced and more easily procured.
If I want a couch-cuddle dog, the whippet is the dog to have. I think most people who want a nice house dog would be well-advised to look at a show-bred whippet as a pet. They are just as nice to have in the house as a toned-down golden retriever, but unlike those dogs,they don’t drop lots of hair and then go outside looking for mud to roll in. (And if you want a dog that doesn’t shed much, don’t get a German shepherd. They are far worse than any golden. But they don’t go hunting for mud to wallow in.)
So have a brown hyena and a cheetah dog.