It is a universal truth of animal lovers that anyone who says, “It’s just a dog,” has never actually owned a dog. Or at least, has never actually had a relationship with a dog. (I guess I know lots of people who have owned dogs that they rarely interacted with.)
Anybody who has had a relationship with a dog, and especially more than one dog, knows that dogs have personalities, just like people. And okay, fine, it’s true that your dogs’ personalities will probably be some kind of reflection of your own, but I maintain that’s true for humans as well. We’re all a product of our environment, no matter how many legs you walk on.
I say this because Daisy and Denim both light up my life, but they are fundamentally different dogs. I’ve mentioned that their intelligence levels are on opposite ends of the spectrum, but it’s more than that. They approach life in a completely different way.
Daisy didn’t care. Or rather, she cared deeply about a lot of things, but she did not Give A F*ck what you thought about her. She didn’t even really care what we thought about her. Daisy did whatever she wanted whenever she wanted and only stopped when she got caught in the act. And even then there was no remorse. No other dog I’ve met has lived life with such total abandon and in-the-momentness. Hedonism was her jam.
That’s not to say she didn’t love us, just that she had a very “me first and only” approach to life. It was part of her charm.
Denim, on the other hand, has only two modes. Those modes are:
- I am worried the people don’t love me enough.
- I am asleep.
Now, I know what you’re thinking, what about
3. I am in a crazy zoomie play mode.
But 3 is just an extension of 1, in a “QUICK MAKE THE PEOPLE NOTICE HOW FUN I AM SO THAT THEY LOVE ME” kind of way.
But I guess when you think about it, 2 is just an extension of 1 in a “snuggles or bust” kind of way. So in reality, Denim is mostly concerned about whether the people love her enough or not. And not just her people. All the people. And all the dogs. And all the human puppies. It’s like she spends her whole existence trying to ensure her belovedness.
And yet, Daisy was the one with the separation anxiety.
Denim is all, “I’d rather stay at day care forever and ever thank you Lady it’s fun here.” (No, she literally turned around and walked back into day care when I tried to leave with her.)
Two polar opposite personalities but I love both of them wholeheartedly. Probably because they represent two sides of my own and Grant’s personalities. The ambitious, smart, go-getter, stay out of my way side, and the quiet, I love you, extroverted side.