Monday, 25 November 2013
Here Rex, Come Murphy
Murphy, the black Labrador, was gotten from Kijiji and unlike Rex, was in a loving home. However, the family were in a tiny townhouse with two toddlers and two small dogs already. Murphy was proving very quickly to be too much dog for even two ardent dog lovers. They were so pleased when they realized the home we could give her and we have sent them follow-up photos to reassure them about her care. She is rather bossy around the house, loves playing ball, and soaks up all the petting we are willing to give her. She also shares our bed at night with both of us twisted like pretzels trying to accommodate her poses...usually across the bed instead of up and down.
I think our story goes to show that there is a home out there for every dog, it is a matter of connecting the two.
We watched with great interest the recent episode of The Nature of Things on CBC called A Dog's Life. I was surprised to learn how little dogs have been studied; many creatures...pigeons, apes, elephants, etc. have all been studied much more than the animal that actually lives with so many of us. Another interesting fact is that dogs are not colour blind like I had always heard. They see things with about the same tints as a person with red-green colour blindness would see.
While our dogs are not treated to pedicures, wear costumes or have jeweled collars, I think they lead a pretty good life.