Acquired: Other (stray, given dog by friend etc.)
Posted September 22, 2015
I chose the name Spot because the dog was so lively. When he first arrived, we could not get him to sit in one spot. Dad kept saying, "Stay! Sit! Stay in that spot."
The dog would run from one of us to the other. He was filled with energy and loved. To play. After laughs galore, I chimed in, "Let's call him Spot."
When trained, Spot learned to sit, stay, come and go on command. He still had energy galore, though, and loved the similar spirit in kids. That was a good thing when he was still small, but the dog grew quickly to full height. Spot was about three feet on all fours, and more than five feet when on his hind legs. He loved to jump up on people, especially kids. Many people were put-off by a hug from the big guy. Most kids who were shorter than five feet were terrified. If they ran, things got worse. Spot would chase them down. He always caught them, and in the spirit of a game, would jump up to "tag" them out.
To Spot, those behaviors were all about fun. I never saw him in a bad spirit, unless a stranger approached the house. An unfamiliar dog or human would cause Spot to bark and growl, until dismissed by one of the family. He became friends with the neighborhood, roamed with us kids for years.
One day, Spot ran to join me and was killed by a car.