Thursday, April 4, 2013

Dog Is My Co-Pilot




Today is Big's birthday. Big, for those of you who may not know, is my (now) ten year old German shepherd.

I know what I named this post, but technically, this dog is not my co-pilot, but that's only because he's much too large to fit in the front seat. (he's 130 pounds) Instead, Big rides in the backseat where he takes up all the room and also gets all the blame for destroying the struts in my old car. Twice. Because every time this dog lies down, I'm pretty sure it registers on a Richter scale somewhere.

Not that his size discourages him from attempting to ride in the front seat. Or sit in my lap. We call him our lapdog built for two.

His favorite activities have changed over the years, and now they're pretty much limited to sleeping, eating cookies and cheeseburgers, peeing on trees, and visiting my mother (he loves my mother).

But occasionally, I still make him go to school. At the dogs' last tracking (as in search & rescue) class, a new member of the group (a state police officer) saw Big for the first time and said, "Holy shit! That's a big shepherd."

But he didn't start out that way.

Huh. I feel a slide show coming on...

Big at five weeks
And wouldn't you know...he wins every time.

One year old

Watching over me while I work

Sitting pretty for the camera at agility class

And one last photo...

Tolerating my niece

And that's going to do it for me today. Thanks for stopping by. Be sure to tune in tomorrow when I will...talk about something that starts with the letter E.

39 comments:

  1. My dog thinks she's that big.
    heh

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  2. Big is Beautiful! (You may consider that a double entendre, if you wish! ;)) So funny that he thinks he's a lap dog. I think all dogs have that "grass is greener on the other side" mentality. Our neighbors have a little Yorkie who thinks he's 10 feet tall and bullet proof! We have 2 medium-sized dogs who always think that the other has a more exciting toy or a bigger bone to chew on...never satisfied, those two! Always sweet though. Great post!

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    1. Yeah, I love how dogs are like that. The big ones always think they're tiny and vise versa. It's hilarious.

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  3. Dogs have to be big! This is where my hubby and I don't see eye to eye. He calls my much desired big dogs 'horses' and I call his much desired tiny ones 'rats'. Hopefully, we'll both be able to have our perfect dogs soon. (Gorgeous dog, by the way!)

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    1. I like small dogs just fine, but I think I am pretty much a big dog kind of girl.

      But it is nice to have a dog who actually can fit in your lap.

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  4. Big is so cute and I dig his goggles, very steampunkish. We have a big dog too, she's an 80 pound Bernese Mtg dog who thinks she's a misunderstood lapdog.

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    1. I love the goggles, too. He wears them for medical reasons, but maybe if I told him they were steampunkish he wouldn't fight me so much on them.

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  5. Aww I love German Shepherds, I've grown up with them. I have a Cocker Spaniel now, and I love him to bits, but I really miss German Shepherds!
    When Alfie travels in my car, he tries to change the gears for me, and then tries to climb onto my lap. A little distracting! So I always need someone else to hold onto him :)

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    1. My other dog (who normally rides in the front seat) has succeeded in changing gears for me. And it's always a surprise when it happens. She has a seat belt to prevent her from getting too far.

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  6. Big - what a lovely name for the little puppy. Now he's grown he looks like he's got oodles of personality and must be a great companion.

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    1. He is a great companion...so long as your activities include napping on the couch or the daybed or something. =)

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  7. Awesome photos of an awesome dog! Give him a big hug for me.

    And bonus points for the huge bulletin board for charting your novel.

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    1. Yeah. That bulletin board doesn't look nearly as neat now.

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  8. love, love, love, love, love. what a good baby boy!!! I'll be back to visit a lot with pics like this hanging about. Good luck with your writing!!!

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    1. He really is a good baby boy. He very seldom misbehaves, and when he does, it's usually more hilarious than annoying.

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  9. That is a big dog! And looking mighty sporty in the goggles.

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    1. I know, I love those goggles. If you put them on the top of his head, he looks like an aviator.

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  10. What a great companion. Bigger is sometimes better.

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  11. Big is adorable! That's the sort of dog I would love to have. I flop like a master too.

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  12. That's the cutest picture ever with Big in the goggles. I want one!

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  13. What a beauty! Happy birthday, Big.

    I still miss my sweet Sox terribly. Dogs are wonderful, but I'm not ready to dive back in and be a dog owner yet. Still too heartsick over the last one.

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  14. Beautiful dog. I used to have a shepherd mix, and she was just the sweetest dog. Not this big! He was so patient to wear those goggles while you took his picture!

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  15. Awwwww. I want one!!!!

    Now, do you think Big got big because you named him Big? Did he feel he had to meet or exceed your expectations?

    So sweet. Thanks for sharing with us.

    We must have been on the same wave length today. We named our posts almost exact. :)

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  16. Your dog is beautiful and so sociable, we've a husky that hates any other four legged doggies and two legged humans, I think she just about tolerates us. A lovely post and fantastic pics.

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  17. Oh my goodness, what a beautiful dog! (I have a weakness for German Shepherds; had a couple growing up.) Happy birthday to him!

    ~MPL
    http://pepperwords.com

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  18. I don't have a pet dog. I'm allergic to the hair and slobber.

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  19. Happy Birthday, Big.

    And now I'll slink away. (I'm dog phobic.)

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  20. That puppy photo is adorable! One day I'd love to own a dog, but don't have the time or money to look after one :(

    Jamie @ Mithril Wisdom
    www.mithrilwisdom.com

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  21. Oooh! I have dog envy! He's beautiful. And I love his name. Simple, one syllable. Nice.

    Karen

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  22. Wow. Are you sure he's not a horse? I'm just saying, he's bigger than I am. Except as a puppy. I can't believe he was that small.

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  23. Oh that picture with the goggles is just priceless!

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  24. Happy Birthday, Big! Skips and Zoe

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  25. He's a lovely dog..er, handsome. He might not fancy being called lovely.

    You've heard of Dragonheart, you should get a cookie. I think it is sad how many people give me a blank look when I mention it.

    And yes, you got the one episode of Psych correct, when Shawn is hooked up to the lie detector. Loved that episode.

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  26. He is a big guy. But so cute!! My dog's 75 pounds and it's a lot to handle, so I can just imagine what yours is like. Good thing for obedience school!!
    Isn't it funny when they sit in your lap?? Always cracks me up.

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  27. I love, love Big!! What a handsome, amazing, funny dog he must be. Thank you so much for always sharing him with us.

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  28. The goggle pictures had me giggling. It's so awesome. He needs some steampunk ones for Halloween. That would tilt the epic scale. :D

    Riann Colton

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  29. Happy birthday Big! Those are such adorable photos. Can't stop looking at the one with goggles!

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