Fearless Little Dogs
Maybe all dogs under twenty-five pounds want to be big?
After raising five adopted dogs, I should know. Our first dog, Buttons, weighed six to eight pounds. A Pomeranian and Chihuahua mix, Buttons had come home in a coat pocket. Don’t recall how old my sister and I were at that time but we had to be in our early teens.
Eventually, Buttons led a boring life always inside the house. Our family got too busy to play with her. So my husband and I offered to take her to our house.
Although she loved being outside, Buttons refused to walk on a leash. She sat down whenever we attached a leash to her collar. Ever single time.
No amount of coaxing or treats changed her mind
At last, we drove her to an off-leash dog park. What a completely new dog. She couldn’t get enough walking and snuffling trails. Buttons also adored long strolls on the beaches of Santa Cruz, too.
Of course, we took her to safe areas, away from big dogs, crowds, and auto traffic. Buttons wowed us by becoming a hiking enthusiast. Walked all day, she did. Never tired.
We only carried when we needed to protect her from overheating or from getting foxtails and burrs in her fur and skin.
A Bored Dog No More
Our Little Dog Turned Into An Excellent Hiker.
One day, we walked into a coastal meadow to find two big dogs also off-leash.
One at a time, Buttons had handled a calm big dog on her own. She would stand her ground. Sometimes rise on her hind legs. Show her sharp canine teeth. In the past, big dogs once confronted by Buttons, stood quietly and let her be boss.
Not that day.
Our dog did not get a chance to be fierce. One dog knocked her onto her back as the other moved in way too FAST. We both ran for her top speed.
Yet it seemed that at any second one of the large dogs would rip our little dog to pieces. Then an alarming sound came from my husband.
Before we could reach our tiny dog, both large dogs had turned tail and sped away. That lion like sound from my slim boyish guy had saved our dog.
Keep Your Small Dog Safe
Keep your small dog safe. Puppies and dogs under forty pounds need protection. Do not let him or her get too far ahead on a walk. Also never take your petite canine to a dog park with bigger dogs. I know many sad stories. Injured and worse. A friend’s Pomeranian suffered an attack by a rabbit hunting hound, luckily she lived. But five hundred dollars in Vet bills hurt too.
Sydney, Our Wannabe Big Dog
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