Happy birthday, Madeline

Today Madeline is 6.
09-13 Habby Birthday Madeline

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So far, so good

Crazy year; I’ve been home as much as I can, but it never seems like enough.   Boomer’s started howling when I leave, & although it’s never for more than 60 seconds or so, someone anonymously reported me to the Humane Society, saying they heard a dog “moaning” in my house.   Horsefeathers, seriously, but frankly Boomer does sound pretty agonized.   It’s just that it’s not due to animal cruelty.

The HHS officer who called me said he just needed to come by & examine my dogs to make sure they were ok.   I gave him a time window & he never showed.   I emailed him a video of Boomer howling in response to a distant ambulance siren.   And then I never heard from him again.   I guess he decided to move on to cases with more plausible validity.

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Boomer IS cute.

See?   Cute!I read dog related news articles most days, & in the “pit bull” war there seems to be a stereotype about bully breed owners.   I can’t say it isn’t based on fact, based on the insensitive crap so many “pit bull” owners are doing on the mainland, but I don’t agree that all people get a bully breed because they want to be macho, or because they are criminals.

I ended up taking Madeline home because she made eyes at me.   And I wanted a girl dog.   Not the most informed of adoption decisions, but I was a novice dog owner & I felt a connection.   I adopted Boomer because he was the only pup in the litter who actively preferred cuddling & being carried to ankle biting.   I looked to big dogs because I think of little dogs as yappy & too easily broken.   I don’t want a dog I have to be careful not to step on.   I want a dog I can hug with both arms.

That said, I think bully breeds, especially American Bulldogs, Staffies, & APBTs, retain “puppy faces” all their lives.   My Aussie, Chie, is a beautiful girl, but her face looks nothing like it did when she was a puppy & I have to admit I’m less addicted to kissing her.   There, I’ve admitted it.   My American Bulldogs are extra kissable because they still have puppy faces & they still make puppy eyes at me when they want to be manipulative look at me.   Sometimes I even call Boomer “my little seal” when he gives me the big eyes.

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