Many people who want dogs overlook the most important question – “Why?” Yet the answer colours all other considerations. Getting a dog is not like getting a new couch: you are not buying a possession but inviting a living being into your family. The new arrangement should be an improvement for everyone, including the dog, so be aware of how your personality affects the dynamics.
People have loved dogs for centuries. And why not? Dogs have provided warmth, protection, and loyal companionship while labouring alongside man. Almost every culture boasts its own breed. There’s the Egyptian Pharaoh Hound, the Tibetan Spaniel, the English Foxhound, Germany’s monkey-faced Affenpinscher, and the Chinese Shar-Pei, to name but a few.
For some people, coping with a new puppy can just be too much. So adopting an older dog can be the solution. Sometimes your new companion may come from a breeder who no longer wants to breed from this particular animal for one reason or another. Or it may be a show animal that is not quite up to show standards. It may also be a pet from someone who has passed away. All these different situations can present their own problems.
Those of us who can’t imagine life without pets must face the inevitable—that we will almost certainly outlive our four-legged friends. While some small breeds can live up to twenty years, the average dog lives twelve years. Those years often forge a bond so strong that the dog’s death leaves his human companion overwhelmed with grief – and a host of other sometimes – confusing feelings. After all, it’s not like losing a possession such as your car keys or even your favorite sweater; you’re losing a longtime companion, a familiar friend who has become part of the family.
Have you ever wondered if your dog has what it takes to be a search and rescue (SAR) dog? The skills of these heroic animals are called into play with every disaster imaginable: fire, tornado, flood, bombings, train wreck, plane crash, avalanche, earthquake, as well as searching for the young or elderly who may have wandered off.
Maybe you’re like us. Maybe you’re tired of scouring the web for “popular dog names” and finding overused and unoriginal names like Buddy, Ginger, or Max. Here at SpockTheDog, we understand your frustration. That’s why we have created this handy tutorial to help you create a unique and even cute dog name that will have everyone oooh’ingand awww’ing everytime you tell them the name of your new puppy. Because that’s important, right?