I know I voted for the Chinese Crested because it was obviously a collectivist.
But today I’m asking readers to weigh in on a possible- and I stress possible- acquisition of a third dog. Here’s the back story: as you know, we lost Tristan the Happy Warrior last summer. My dearly beloved really thought Tristan was the best and misses him, but has been loathe to “replace” him, because he wants Tristan. I, on the other hand, would like a dog with a couple of key charcteristics to achieve optimum caninicity chez nous. Those would be: large-ish, sweet tempered and cooperative, but optimally with a playful side. The driver for me is my mother, who has some dementia but remembers with great fondness her childhood best friend, her German Shepherd who died historically and probably valiantly during the 1933 Long Beach/Huntingdon Beach earthquake. Mom lives in a personal care home with 3 others who have more profound dementia, and they love seeing my Corgi, but she’s pretty reticent around them. It dawned on me that I could be doing a lot of good if I adopted a dog who was in need of a home and put him/her to work as a pal of the impaired at my mom’s residence. Anyway, dog needs to be big to see my mother, who has very limited mobility. There isn’t much I can do for Mum, but I can do this.
I have tentative agreement from the SO, and have been looking for a while. Here are two candidates from a rescue group that I have a lot of admiration for, Austin Dog Rescue. They are entirely volunteer and they rescue dogs from kill shelters, spay/neuter them, vet them, and train them. Really a nice group.
First, the lovely Diamond (click on the pic to go to her link):
And the loveable mutt with the spookily similar name, Trista (she’s the bouncy black dog):
Lemme know what you think!