Acquired: Other (stray, given dog by friend etc.)
Training: Puppy, Socializing, Obedience, Assistance, Pet Therapy
Lewisville, Texas, United States
Posted October 6, 2016
We got this dog when I was 34 and living with and taking care of my elderly parents. He was always a lover and always very concerned about them. Enough so that we had him tested and he became a Certified Therapy Dog and would go to Nursing Homes and Hospitals and visit with the clients/residents/families.
In his life he has had his grandmother die, paced the house for 5 moths while his grandfather died (and was laying under the bed when my Dad did die), has lost three of his closest people friends who moved away, and lost three of his "dog" friends because they died.
He has been "graced" by a, now 3 year old little girl who likes to pull on his tail and try and tie his ears together and yet he only barks at one thing. On 3 different occasions we heard him bark and checked and found that each time there was a baby Copperhead Snake within striking distance of one of "his humans."
This breed gets a lot of bad press for things but they were once known as the "babysitter dogs" and you only have to google "Stubby - the Veteran Hero of WWI" to know how lucky you are to own - or be owned by one of these animals.