Tuesday, September 6, 2011

The Hierarchy of Dog Personalities

If you are a dog owner, you understand that every dog has its own individual personality. Some dogs, like people, are completely crazy. While others, like people, are sweet and calm by nature. It's actually quite interesting.

Someone once told me that a theory exists that dogs evolve through the world in a quest toward becoming human. In other words, dogs start out as very dog-like, then they die and come back as another dog (stick with me, I know this is odd) they continue on a quest toward becoming more wise and intelligent before they eventually return to Earth as a human. It goes against every religious belief I hold, but I sometimes think it's true.

Here's what I mean: you likely know a dog that is gentle, kind and wise; calm, protective and really sweet. You also probably know dogs that are crazy: out of control, destructive, poorly behaved and just indignant. The latter are the dogs that are still at the bottom of this proposed dog evolution chart.

I think a lot about this theory when observing my own dogs and I sometimes think it could be true.

Our lab mix, Rudi, is the wiser one in this family. Rudi has always been very calm--shy, even--and sweet. She wants nothing more than to lay in the sun, get scratched behind her ears and she is very protective and intelligent. Her main goal in life, however, is to never be alone. Ever. She needs to know where everyone is at all times before she is willing to do her other favorite thing: laying on the floor and napping.

Our beagle mix, Buster, is still working on it. What's it? Most of the time, it's not being completely crazy. He is completely obsessed with food. He wishes nothing more than to sit at the window (he alternates between the window next to the front door and those on the back of our house) and stare. It's like he's just waiting for a reason to go completely nuts. When a leaf moves, he howls like there is a large group of machete-wielding men coming to kill us all. He barks---a lot. So much so, even, that he actually lost his "voice" over the weekend.

You read that right: dogs can lose their voices, too. Buster and Rudi both spent a few days at the kennel this weekend while my husband and I attended my brother in-law's wedding. When I picked the pups up yesterday, the woman who owns the kennel looked at me and said, "Are you sure Buster is a beagle? I don't think beagles act like that." Then, she said he barked so much for so long that his voice was sounding a little hoarse. Huh? It didn't take long for me to realize she was right: and it's pretty funny. Just imagine a dog howling with a raspy voice.

Thankfully, our dogs were just as exhausted as us yesterday and we all took the day to lay around quietly without barking, howling or other assorted craziness.

I considered throwing the dog evolution chart away until I realized that a tired dog doesn't lose their craziness, they just need to recharge their crazy batteries before returning to normal. Whatever normal means.

1 comment:

BEAR's Mom said...

I once had a friend say that he felt sorry for his dog because he turned him into an "old dog" before his time...in other words...the old man just mozied thru the day and the dog did the same...nothing exciting, no exercise, just eat and nap...
I think BEAR ~ my Aussie Shep who will turn 5 this month ~ has become an old dog...when we got her I was 55 and hubby was 63...OLD
so now BEAR is old...she loves taking naps with me, sitting on the porch, snacking, watching TV laying her big head on my lap as i rub her belly....the only thing that really gets her moving is when I say SQUIRREL!!!
I wouldn't trade her for the world, she fits right in with my speed :D


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