August 04, 2003

How Much is That Doggie

A decidedly bad mix: Tevas, toes and a pit full of puppies. Eleven blond furballs were all very asleep when we got there to see them. Hoping that this visit, The One would show himself unmistakably to us, it was a disappointment to see almost a dozen peacefully rising and falling puppy tummies all around the corral, all looking exactly alike, save for the crude Magic Marker number found on one ear of each male. With our poking and stroking they did finally wake up in twos and threes, then maybe half the lot at once, each competing to see which one could untie Ann's shoes or grab my little toe exposed in my open sandals and make me holler (and bleed) with their impossibly sharp teeth (what must a momma dog experience at feeding time!). There is one 'runt' among the males, and beyond that, we'll be happy with any of them.

And yet, it seems there should be a way to find the one that is the perfect fit for us. The two fellows who will have first choice this week are looking for a hunter. Cleverly, they trolled for their puppies by tying a dove wing to a fishing line and pulling it through the midst of the puppy village to draw out that special bird-oriented future fetcher. This test met with equivocal results, we understand, but is a great concept. We are thinking maybe to employ a converse sort of test next time we visit, and will place a pair of underwear on the fishing line and choose the ONE PUP who DOES NOT grab the item of intimate wear and proudly parade about with it hanging moist and mangled (as Buster was wont to do as a very effective attention-getter).

How do we decide? It will be Number 1, 2, or 4. One of these numbered unknowns will come home with us on August 17, and our lives, his and ours, will become layered and fused and intertwined with each others' in that wonderful, heart-breaking way that happens only between human souls and the spirits that inhabit your dog.

Posted by fred1st at August 4, 2003 06:25 AM | TrackBack
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Fred, good luck on finding that little puppy that will fit in so well with your family. It's got to be a tough call with all those puppies around!

As for "How much is that Doggie" in the window, I did a bit of research for someone's birthday in June and discovered that song came out in 1953. :o)

Posted by: Pegasong at August 4, 2003 06:52 AM

Gag! I hate to confess it but I must remember it when it was new... from "Hit Parade"... one of the first TV musical variety shows that came on a 8:00... somewhat after my bedtime in those days, but I listened surrepticiously from my bedroom and remember here "doggie" first in this way, in 1953. -- Fred

Posted by: fredf at August 4, 2003 07:06 AM

I'm reaching here, and maybe there are some dog experts in the crowd who can elaborate, but there is a test of puppy personality. You hold them up? I can't remember, but I bet a google search would yield up the details.

Posted by: trish at August 4, 2003 09:20 AM

You might want to look into the Volhard Puppy Aptitude test.

I read about it in "The Art of Raising a Puppy", one of my favorite books on the subject.

Posted by: ronbailey at August 4, 2003 11:00 AM

As I recall, "How Much is that Doggie in the Window" was sung by Pattie Page; but, I also seem to hear in my memory banks Rosemary Clooney, so maybe I'm confused. Rosemary Clooney had "Come Ona My House" at about the same time--while I was in high school.

Posted by: Cop Car at August 4, 2003 10:01 PM

Mmmm... pick the proper name for your pup, then choose the one that knows its name?

Posted by: Anne at August 5, 2003 12:34 AM

Sorry, haven't picked out a puppy for 14 years (Sampson was the last one). Then I was looking for a fairly-bold and confident pup (because he was coming into a house with other adult dogs and a cat), but I didn't want one that was too bold (as in agressive). His mother was somewhat aggresive (as a watch dog). So I figured a pup that hit the middle of the road, in that litter, would wind up with the temperatment I wanted (a watchdog that was amiable).

That is exactly what we ended up with (he would bark his head off at peaple, but lick everyone to death). The best advise I can give you is to look at the temperaments of the parents. Decide what type of temperament you require compared to the parents. Pick from there (for example if the mother is very passive and you want a confident dog - take one of the boldest.)

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