It's hard to be a 10lb dog

Poor Spike...he is so misunderstood.He has been this ever faithful, loyal companion and champion of this family for 8 years now. He was the first "little dog" I have owned since I was a kiddo myself. When we brought him home he was the tiniest pup I had ever laid eyes upon...so very tiny.

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For the first year he was pretty silent...then one day he found "his voice". That's right, we entered into the world of owning a "yapper".  Now really this has been my first dog in this category and I have learned some very important things that I never knew about "yappy dogs". In Spike's case:

  1. He typically only barks at people when he is in HIS house or yard.  Protecting HIS people and space.
  2. He stops within a few short minutes and then promptly wants to jump into the visitors lap and greet them with kisses and love.
  3. People simply do not like little dogs that bark.  Big dogs that bark?  Oh they are just fine...but a 10 lb dog?  Oh no they hate that.  With disdain.
  4. It's hard to see your own dog the way others do because we see so many other sides of him than the vistors.
  5. It wouldn't matter if he only made one little bark with another dog in greeting...he will always be labeled as "the yapper" simply because of his size.  The other dogs around him can bark and carry on just the same but since they are "big" they are somehow not considered equally as annoying.

These are somewhat hard lessons. See we owners of little dogs...well we love our dogs just as much as you love your big dogs. It's hard not to be seriously attached to a creature that is literally always in your personal space.  This dog takes the term "lapdog" to a whole new meaning. I confess I whine about him often myself. I wish he would shush somedays when the doorbell rings at the babes naptime...or when I just want that personal space...lol! Then I think about the intense loyalty he has towards all of us.  I have NEVER owned a dog as loyal as this creature. He would, for sure, without a doubt, do anything you asked him to do. He has climbed mountains, been Daryl's marathon running partner, jumped on trampolines, climbed slides to hangout in the tree house with the kids, chased a million tennis balls, been dressed up as a doll baby more times than I can count, protected and herded all of my babies in our backyard while I have managed to get some house work accomplished, taken care of annoying kittens and gone on more vacations  and outings with me than any other dog I have ever owned...and I have had a lot of dogs. Owners of small dogs know this for sure...little dogs are a constant companion...not a sometimes companion. This leads to a very close bond with your creature. He is simply, loud but truly amazing. He is "Spike-erific"

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I am not sure there has ever been a dog that will be missed as badly as this dog will be one day. The next time you want to make fun of your friends yappy dog I would like you to take a minute before you throw that stone and ask yourself: "Is my dog also a barking sort of dog?  Is it just that this dog is small and the bark more annoying to me?  Does my friend love their dog as much as I love mine?" If the answer is yes to any of these things...maybe rethink making fun of the dog (at least to the owners face) that truly loves his family and is obviously extremely loved. And if you don't have a dog and you just dislike them all...well here is the disclaimer on our front door. Sums it up beautifully:

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Never have I ever had a more loyal companion... He looks right past my millions of flaws...I think I can over look his too.

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FYI~ Because I know I will get e-mails and asked...my friend Shannon from Minglewood Trading made the decal and you can purchase one over on Amazon ;-)  If you don't see this one in the shop just drop her an e-mail.  I am sure she can do a custom order.