I recently realized that I never shared the story of the day we rescued Roofus (aka Wisconsin Doggy). We had been talking about getting a dog for a while but hadn’t really done anything about it. While I was away at a conference, Jay took Josh to check out some dogs and see how the whole process worked. Josh spent the next week checking out what dogs were available at three local centers via the computer.
The following Saturday, he located a black lab puppy at one of the centers and we headed out to see it. Once we got to the center, they let us spend some time with it in the common area and it was super cute. I noticed that it had longer fur than I remembered my friend’s lab having, but I thought maybe it was one of those things that puppies have and then changes as they get older. (What do I know? I only had pet fish as a kid!!) We decided that this puppy would be a great addition to our family and let the shelter worker know we were heading out to buy some much needed supplies and would be back. She pulled Jay and I aside and said in a hushed voice “I know the puppies are marked as labs, but I suspect they may be Newfies. I just thought you should know.” I smiled and nodded since I wasn’t really hung up on the dog being a purebred Lab.
When we got to the pet supply store and relayed the story to the associate who was helping us, she looked at me like I was nuts and asked me if I knew what Newfies were like. I told her I didn’t and she suggested that I Google them. My jaw hit the floor when I saw how big they grow to be! We had to tell Josh that a Newfie probably wasn’t the best choice for our family.Our house isn’t really set up for a 200 lb. dog and Josh was only 6 at the time so I suspected the dog would be walking HIM more than the other way around. He was crushed, of course.
We were lost as to what dog breed would be a good fit for our family.
We headed out to another shelter to see what they had. We were hardly there three minutes when Josh squealed with excitement and yelled “What about THIS one Mom?” I asked what it was and he answered that he was a poodle. Honestly, I couldn’t ever picture myself with a poodle*. My impression was that they were nervous, yippy, and not much fun. As soon as I met Roofus, he proved me wrong. He was excited, but steady and didn’t bark at all as he ran around saying hi to all of us.
Every dog breed was designed for a specific purpose to fill a specific need. If we understand the job for which breeds were originally created, it gives us a glimpse into why our dogs do the things they do. Once we got him home, we soon realized exactly how perfect he was for us. He is only 17 lbs, so he fits perfectly in our home. He doesn’t shed and none of us have any allergy issues with him around. He is incredibly smart and easy to train. Except for the occasions when something exciting happens (like a coyote runs through the yard) he stays pretty calm.
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*Our vet later determined that Roofus is probably a Poochon or Bishpoo which is a mix of Poodle and Bichon Frise.