Is that a Golden Retriever?
THAT IS MY VERY FAVORITE DOG.
Now. About Fred.
It was a dark and stormy night. (Really!)
We found him on our side porch (digging through our trash ) So we brought him in, bathed him, and yes, we did try to find his owner, but no one 'fessed up. It was a small neighborhood too, so I thought it was weird that I hadn't even seen him around before. So he ended up as ours. I named him after a poet here at Pip--"Duncan" whose nickname happens to be "porch puppy". It just didn't stick, though. (Sorry, Dunc. ) So my husband started calling him Fred, after an old friend of ours who used to also show up unexpectedly on our porch--"Freedom Fred". The guy was called "Freedom Fred" because he habitually wandered off. He was also very...um, uninhibited? And now that I think of it, he would pee anywhere too. Hmm.
The "Alpha dog" is Annie, whose actual name is "Annabelladonnatellacinderella." That one just kept growing, so we kept adding to her name. I don't happen to have a picture of her on this comp, but she is half German Shepherd and half Yellow Lab. She has an anxiety disorder and is supposed to be on prozac, but...money, yanno? sigh
She's can be a little...dangerous. We had rescued her from people who were apparently breeding dogs for dog-fighting. I had recognized the cages that they use for those purposes in the process of being built in the back yard of the people who had run an ad selling ...yep, the dog of my dreams, Golden Retrievers--for twenty bucks!!! (If it sounds too good to be true, it is.) But when I saw the gentleman who owned the place beating her with a stick to get her from under the house? She was already mine. She came with "extras" too. She had about nine or so ticks, and innumerable fleas. I couldn't just leave her there...poor baby.
She charges the door to such an extent that sometimes we get our mail, and sometimes we don't. She also eats the house. (When she wants IN--she wants IN. She chews on the doorframe--and at this very moment, she's leaning on me--dunno what's up with that either--she's been doing that for three days now. I wish she'd stop it, I'm starting to think I'm gonna spazz out or somethin'.)
But yep, she has taken the title of Alpha dog away from me. But I understand I'm just in the beginning stages of menopause, so we shall see.