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Originally posted by Rothko:
I've never been able to come up with a satisfactory answer as to why dogs don't live longer lives. They grow old so quickly; it can be heartbreaking.

When my prior dog, a Finnish Spitz, had to be put down about 5 years ago, it absolutely broke my heart. He was a true pain in the a$$, but he was our dog, and we loved him and he loved us, unconditionally. Even as I type this I'm getting misty-eyed. I didn't want to get another dog, because I didn't want to go through that pain again.

Of course, I got overruled by the rest of the family, so now we have two dogs. And while they are a joy, there is a shadow of bitter-sweetness, knowing that one day I am going to have to go through that pain again.

It's because the return into our lives is far greater than the pain. I absolutely share your feelings of grief over the loss of my previous canine companions, but it seems to be a necessary bookend to give full value to the joy and contentment that they bring into our lives in the meantime.
Originally posted by mneeley490 Mar 20, 2011:
My soft-hearted daughter brought home a puppy about 1 1/2 years ago, that she took from some sketchy kids who had a few of them in a cardboard box. It was about 4-5 weeks old; we thought it was a golden lab at first. Then later the ears rotated toward the front, then popped straight up a week after that. A doggy DNA test revealed that she is Chow, Terrier, Saluki, and Sharpei.
She just looks like a yellow Dingo.

This one has proven herself to be a pain in the butt sometimes, as she is somewhat overprotective of her family & not too friendly at first with other dogs or strangers. But she has also enriched our lives and her new family when my daughter eventually got married and had our two grandsons.
We were worried about what her reaction would be when the first baby came, but she turned into a 24/7 nanny/bodyguard. Nearly wore herself out keeping the boy out of trouble (he's nearly 3 now), but it was funny to see her micromanaging the child rearing. When my wife and I would come over to their house, she'd give us a look like, "These people don't know what the hell they're doing!" (And in truth, she was right. They were clueless.) She's also dispatched 2 rats and 1 bird that found their way inside the house, not to mentioned went after some tweaker poking around the backyard with the intent to steal something.
So she's our hero dog, and we love her.
Olive, our 10-year-old English Springer Spaniel, is a joy. She's adapted to getting knocked down a rung or two in the social order after we had kids, but she loves them too. It really irks my wife because, for the most part, she only listens to me (the dog, not my wife). It's probably because I'm the one who walks her and feeds her twice a day, every day.

We’ve had Springer Spaniels for 35 years. They are high energy, need exercise (makes me get moving) and really motivated to please.
Our first was 11 years old when our son was born. He tolerated the ear pulling, crawling on and fingers in the nose with nary a grumble. The two dogs that have followed have been fun, quirky and loving.

The Springers also hunt! I nned to find a decent tracker for it (found this whistle dog tracker review ). They are better dogs than I am a bird hunter and I love being in the field with them We only have room in the house for a mid-size dog and only a single dog. The Springers have given us a family dog and a hunter in one package.

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@jcocktosten posted:
Still have Babka - the now almost 7 year old 30 pound mystery terrier mix mutt rescue (with some Parson Russell Terrier in there but who knows)-

3.5 years ago we added Latke now almost 4 year old - also a rescue mutt and at best guess the 12 pound Rat Terrier/Maltese mix

They are now 10+ and 7+.  Still spoiled and perhaps slightly pudgier.  No one has enjoyed the pandemic more than the dogs

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