Hearts, Dogs, and Heart Dogs
Our dog blogging and dog training friend KB from Romping and Rolling in the Rockies recently posted a quote that got me thinking. Have you heard the term “heart dog”? Well, it makes me wonder … what happens before and after your heart dog experience? And, what is a heart dog, anyway?
“It came to me that every time I lose a dog they take a piece of my heart with them. And every new dog who comes into my life, gifts me with a piece of their heart. If I live long enough, all the components of my heart will be dog, and I will become as generous and loving as they are.” — Unknown
Remember, I grew up with dogs — total of 4 in my childhood.
Without a doubt, I adored Penelope Grace (a Dalmatian), the first dog of my very own as an adult. And, clearly I love, love, loved Cody (a yellow-lab mix). There is even a special place in my heart for Gilbert, who I failed. And, who cannot love Ginko beyond all measure?
- Maybe it’s the level of training we’ve done together … exponentially more.
- Maybe it’s that I’ve finally found my breed match. Truly, there is something eerily similar about border collies and writers.
- Maybe it’s the particularly trying time in my life.
- Maybe Lilly *is* the dog that finally changed my heart over to all dog.
- Maybe she is indeed “the one” in a more cosmic sense.
If I wasn’t so tired, I’d create a little blog poll about what makes a heart dog. Instead, let’s just talk about it.
- What do you think makes a heart dog?
- Have you had your heart dog yet?
- If so, how does that impact your relationship with subsequent dogs?