You love your dog and your dog loves you. That’s a given. But let’s face it. Dogs sleep a lot. And that repetitive ball tossing that endlessly fascinates most pups (Frankie, as always, excepted) ? Big yawn for humans.
We all need a bit of mental stimulation. Thus this latest contest.
The idea for this challenge had its seed in the fact that the winner of the my recent Mommy Bus contest was a breed I’d never heard of: A Biewer.
This in turn led my pal Mel of MelsPetPals to comment that she hadn’t heard of Biewers either, adding that Animal Planet’s “Dogs 101” had also introduced her to two other previously unfamiliar breeds: the Leonberger and Kooikerhonje.
But it was a blog by Dr. V on Pawcurious, On Breed and Health and What We Love Best, that spurred me to action. I completely agree with Dr. V that there’s no inherent conflict between the rescue and good breeder communities, and thought I might find a way to bring the groups together: The creation of virtual breeds, with the goal of amusement and prize winning.
Define a breed that’s unfamiliar to you, based on its name alone.
The Spinone Italiano. This sleek, short-haired dog, first observed in the area around Milan, likes to chase after Ferraris and wear fashionable collars. It is related to the Jack Russell Terrier (thus the spinning behavior) and to the Gelato Hound, which has a somewhat sweeter temperament.
Note: In actuality, the Spinone Italiano is a hunting dog believed to be an ancestor of the Wirehaired Pointing Griffon — another actual breed that could be defined in a similarly whimsical fashion, with apologies to all griffons (and dragons).
I believe the Leonberger and Kooikerhonje cry out for definitions too.
Do a takeoff on a well known breed, again detailing its characteristics based on name alone.
The Lasso Abso, a compact, well-muscled dog that frequents gyms and weight rooms in the ranch country of Wyoming.
Get the gist? The sillier and the pun-nier the better.
These breeds can never end up in puppy mills or shelters. They’re never overbred. And you don’t have to spay and neuter them. There’s something for both rescuers and breeders to love.
A signed and inscribed (to you or to the recipient of your choice) copy of Am I Boring My Dog. Of course.
Enter as often as you like, on the Facebook page of WillMyDogHateMe or in this comments section. The winner will be chosen by me, completely subjectively: Whoever makes me laugh the most. Photoshopped pictures accompanying entries are welcome. And anyone around the world can enter — even Australians! It just might take a bit longer for the book to reach you.
The contest starts today, December 9 at 7 a.m.MT and ends Monday December 13 at 11:59p.m. MT