by Chris Scott
(Milwaukee, WI )
I had just lost our crabby-lovable old mutt dog Puppet, to a sad and horrible car accident. My wife and I had rescued Puppet from the Humane Society some years before and he had become a close family member.
At this point in time, I was in no mood to welcome any new pets into our home and my wife has been speaking about doing just that. I remember being horrified at both Puppet's loss as well as the fact that his death was more difficult to bear than that of some people I had known well.
I guess I was less than pleasant around the home-front at that time, as I recall. My response to the new dog possibility? I put my foot down. I was the boss of this home and under no circumstances were we adopting again! It had been too painful to chance a similar outcome again. This proclamation ultimately proved less than successful. (I'm guessing many husbands out there may relate).
The next Sunday, with me in couch potato/football analyst mode, the door crashed open and there, standing in front of me was the cutest little 2 month old Miniature Schnauzer. He had the most expressive and beautiful face and jet black button eyes. I remember thinking that he looked like a little race car. He had a traditional cut for his breed, with close cropped silver and grey hair on his back and longer silky flowing areas to his mid torso covering his stomach and legs. It gave him the impression of weighing twice as much as he really did. I never realized how tiny he was, until his first bath. He had a handsome, well manicured goatee and his angled bushy eyebrows gave the impression of a Mr. Magoo caricature, which, it turned out adding to his ability to mimic "human" expression.
Over the years following, he has become the best friend I ever had. His manner rivals "anyone" I've met, dog notwithstanding. He is funny. affectionate and irreplaceable. Clearly the smartest creature I've met. He is my companion, friend, playmate and shoulder to cry on. He was "trained" mostly by his ability to watch me intently, then respond in a way to please me. I have never encountered this kind of response to training and high level of understanding in any other pet. Please consider this breed as a possible choice to adopt, because clearly... Schnauzers Rule.
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