Furiends, I had a bit of an existential crisis this morning. Momma was reading through her Facebook and saw an adorable picture of a Legacy volunteer's boxers in their handsome sweaters, since it's so cold out. One of that volunteer's "friends" posted that REAL dogs had fur and didn't need sweaters. Well, when Momma read that to me, I suddenly got worried.
...Am I real??
There I am, in my furs and my sweater, so this lady says I'm not a "real dog". That got me worrying, because if I'm not real, what am I? Am I just dreaming all this? What if I'm really something embarrassing like a tree rat?! Or what if Momma's the one dreaming me? That got me really worried, so I ran to the front door and started barking that those men in white coats had better stay away from my momma!
Momma told me that neither of us was making me up, that the lady wasn't saying I didn't exist, she was just saying I wasn't a dog. Hmmm. So that got me puzzling. What makes a real dog?
Is it fur? I have very thin furs and like to wear sweaters and coats when it gets cold. My Sibe furiends have huge thick fur. Other furiends have fur in between. But... cats have fur too. And bears. Cats and bears aren't dogs.
It can't be the tails. Cinderella and I have cute little nubbins, but other boxers have long whips of tails. Some of my furiends have thick rudders to swim with, or long lovely plumes, or cute little corkscrews. We have all different kinds of tails. But monkeys have tails, and so do tree rats! Tree rats aren't dogs!
What about a cute wet nose? Lots of dogs have that. But boxers have shorter muzzles, and pugs have cute smoosh faces, and labs have long pointy noses. Which kind is a "real dog's" nose? And Momma has a nose too, and I'm pretty sure she's not a dog!
I thought maybe it could be some cute furry ears. But that doesn't go very far either. Look at my handsome floppy ears, then compare them to Cinderella's little kitten point ears. Some of my furiends have big bat ears, and others have long droopy ears. But elephants and hippos and giraffes all have ears too! I'm getting NOWHERE!
Okay, so how about paws? We all have paws, so it must be the paws that make a dog. Mine and Cinderella's look kind of alike, though hers are white and mine are brown. My furiend's paws all mostly look like mine... but so do my kitty siblings' paws, and lion paws, and -- oh, this is no good at ALL! I just can't find anything that makes me a REAL DOG.
But then I thought of something. Something that absolutely makes me a REAL DOG without any doubt.
My paws hold my Momma's heart. And THAT'S what makes a real dog.