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Humans - a dog's best friend...
Member Name: Buzz
Date: 27/06/00, updated on 27/06/00 (355 review reads)
Advantages: Wonderfully friendly
Disadvantages: Black hair everywhere
I ask because I am a 'mutt' and have been living with my master for the past 9 years. My name is Buzz, and my master thinks that I am a cross between flat coat retriever and setter and every bit as good as a pedigree dog. I have a long black coat and am admired by everyone. I am very docile and I love children – very tasty, slobber, slobber (Just kidding!)
My master says that I am a retriever/setter cross, that's his assumption anyway. Actually, I was found straying on the A4 near to where he lives when I was about six years old. I was taken to the local Canine Defence League kennels where they tried to find my owners for two months but no-one came forward! I find this too incredible to believe. I had been well trained even if my straying experience had left me somewhat distraught.
It took a long time to build up trust with my master and I was aggressive with other dogs. My master always kept me on the lead in case I ran away. I would sit and lie down on command (and I was well house trained) but I didn’t like coming back after being let loose. I preferred chasing the deer and other wildlife that lived near our home.
I am about 15 years old now but still pretty fit and after a lot of perseverance and trust building between me and my master I go everywhere without a lead and I’m nice to other dogs even if I don’t like it when they sniff my bum!! I think that it’s due to the arthritis that I’ve got in my back legs. My master has become my very best friend.
A few years ago my master moved to Germany and took me with him. I was very sad at first because I didn’t think that they would ever let me back in England without quarantine for six months but I’ve just had a sort of chip inserted under my skin (it didn’t hurt THAT much) and now
they say that we can go back and visit after six months. Apart from that, Germany is ok once you get used to peeing on the wrong side of the road and that funny language all the other dogs speak!
The big advantage of a 'mutt' is that they live longer on average and are less susceptible to illness. That has certainly been the case with me. If you aren't so snobbish that you've got to have a pedigree then I would recommend a cross any day and try your local dog home or Canine Defence League first, we will love you for it in the long run!
p.s. You might have noticed that my master’s dooyoo name is also Buzz. Well this is because all of the opinions that he writes are really mine and he writes them for me because my paws are too big to type properly!