My beloved Doberman Pinscher Zephyrus at 9 months old.
It has come to my attention that on my, My Date From Hell
post, I was criticized heavily for bringing my dog on a date. Well, let me get something straight here: you absolutely DO NOT get me without the dog, period. End of story
Non-dog owners or dog owners who trivialize their furry friend just do not understand that special bond between dog and master. You will never find as loyal of a companion or as great of a friend as a dog, and certainly no human being will ever come close to matching the loyalty of a dog, nor in any human being will you find anything close to the pure and unconditional attachment a dog has to his master. Not even one's significant other comes close
My dog is my everything. He is by far the best thing that ever happened to me. If it wasn't for him, I'd have likely died months ago. He gives just that little bit of meaning to my otherwise completely and totally meaningless life, and when you try to trivialize that or pass him off as "just a dog," I get angry.
Yes, I will bring my dog along on dates. He goes with me pretty much everywhere: to work (which is now mostly at home, but still), to the park and to the store (there are pet friendly stores!). Why should dates be any different? We are joined at the hip and to be separated from him drives me nuts. As I said, you don't get him without me, and if you tell me I CAN'T bring him, we don't have a date
If, in the less than 1% chance this happens, we manage to hit it off and I do decide to "convert" to a long-term romantic relationship, my dog will be part of that. I will not get rid of him because you're not a dog person, and if you insist I do I'll get rid of you instead. The bottom line is this: if you make me choose between you or my dog, I'll pick my dog every time and kick your sorry ass to the curb, and any dog owner who wouldn't probably doesn't need to be owning a dog
. As I said earlier, no human being (not even a significant other) will even come close to matching the loyalty or unconditional attachment that a dog has with his master. You just won't find anything like it in a human being.