Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Favorites

I'm sure we all try not to have favorites.  I do cherish my dogs for different reasons:  Sadie is my sweetheart, Maggie my athlete and Hurley my goof ball.  But at the end of the day, I try not to play favorites and I love them all.  I'm not sure that our dogs possess that same sense of fairness when it comes to distributing their love between the Hubster and I.

If the Hubster and I are in different rooms, Maggie is with him.  Every Sunday morning, you find Maggie laying next to the sofa while the Hubster watches football.  She may come running if she hears me letting the other dogs out or getting out some treats, and when it's time to make dinner she usually makes an appearance in the kitchen to see what I am doing.  But other than that, she's a daddy's girl through and through, preferring to spend her hours lazing by his side.  Maggie thrives under his eye - she is always better behaved outside of the home when he's got the other end of the leash.   And while I wish I had the same effect when we are on our walks, I truly treasure the moments she seeks affection from me as our special moments.  'Course, those always happen when the Hubster's not around. :)

Sadie & Hurley, on the other hand, can always be found in whatever room I am in.  Every movement of mine captures their eyes and when I move on to another room, they are on my heels.  Sadie has always been my girl; she in inherently more comfortable with women than men and between my love of giving affection and her love of receiving it, we have formed a special bond.  She loves affection so much that she happily thumps her tail not only when she's on the receiving end but whenever anyone else in the house is getting some love and affection.  That's one of my favorite things about her.

i wuv everyone


Hurley, on the other hand, is just now warming up to affection. But while he may not want Mom's hugs just yet, he is always by my side, under my feet or intently watching my every move.  At the store, his favorite spot is curled up close enough that some part of his body is touching my feet.  His "spot" with blanket and toys, 6" inches from my feet, is not close enough for him.  He is always, always underfoot and while there are times when that is inconvenient, it also warms my heart when he curls up at my feet and gazes up at me. 

Always under Mom's chair


The hubster and I were commenting on our dogs' "favorite" this weekend.  Hurley and Sadie had followed me down to our family room and were sitting in front of the couch, staring at me.  In the middle of the conversation the Hubster turns to Hurley and asks "Do you love your mama?"  And swear to God, Hurley made a cute little whimper and looked back at me with a somewhat worshipful expression on his face.  Yup, I think I might be his favorite.

Do your dogs have favorites?

6 comments:

  1. Ha. I remember thinking about this when I first brought Elli home. I was so sure that she and I weren't ever going to bond -- she preferred my parents much more for a very long time. Unless she HAD to, she wasn't with me.

    But then, training began and I've been her favorite ever since. Even if she's busy getting love from someone else, if I leave, she's right behind me, making sure I don't leave her behind. It's quite nice for dog park excursions. :)

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  2. I try not to favor one dog over another but you right I do have my favorite for different things - like haylie can be off leash and Fred cant.. so forth.
    it is funny though cause my duo has their favorites... Fred is a daddys boy hard core.

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  3. The same goes in our household. If Zappa could, he'd latch permanently to my husband. BOL!! So when Zappa seeks me out, the moment is just too precious.

    So many interesting dynamics when you've got more than one. I think I have a thing for Hurley. He's just too adorable!!

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  4. I also try not to have favorites, but with Ginger's extended stay at our house, she has sort of pushed her way into being my favorite by following me everywhere, snuggling really close to me on the couch, and always coming to me instead of Daniel when given the choice. Turk and Rufus follow Daniel everywhere, so it is nice to have some girl power in the house! :)

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  5. Emmett and Cooper are little strips of velcro stuck to my pant leg, and Lucas trots along behind John. I think a lot of it has to do with personality - theirs and ours - and a lot of it has to do with how we dole out our attention. Even though I try to be equal, it's nearly impossible with three. However, having Emmett and Cooper as my little shadow is pretty heartwarming! :)

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  6. Hi Y'all,

    Just stopped by to tell y'all that you're nominated for "My 7 Links" -- stop by to see my post tomorrow.

    Y'all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

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