Common Pet -- Cool Animal

Common Pet -- Cool Animal

One of the coolest animals --IMHO -- is the domesticated dog. Right now, I am enamored with any canine that qualifies as a lap dog. My definition of a lap dog is pretty broad. For instance, I have a 70 pound mutt -- part Sharpei, part Australian Shepherd and part Doberman Pinscher -- that's a lap dog. Yes, your lap has to be pretty roomy to accommodate his 70 pounds, but he doesn't mind. He'll put his chest and front legs in your lap and be perfectly happy. Then, there are true lap dogs, that actually fit in your lap.

My true lap dog is my mini Shi Tzu, who weighs about 8 pounds and is like my shadow. As I work from home on my laptop, she is usually firmly ensconced between my left thigh and the arm of my favorite recliner. She also sleeps nestled against me, which is great during cold winter nights. I recently read that small dogs like mine were once used by royalty as bed warmers. I can truly say that she does keep me warm at night. When she sees me get ready to go somewhere, she places her cute little paws on my legs and looks at me with her big brown eyes as if to say, "Take me! Take me!" I usually do if I'm not planning on getting out of the car or I'm heading to a pet-friendly destination. She's a great companion. 

Speaking of companionship, a dog is a true and loyal companion. Who else waits for your return each day, is ecstatic to see you and lavishes you with unconditional love? Dogs don't care if you ate too much and gained a few pounds, if you have bad breath or if you leave the living room cluttered for a few days. They stick by your side, through thick and thin and they're always willing to share a good meal. Of course, they're not much help when it comes to cooking or doing the dishes, but their companionship makes up for it. That's why they're cool.