Tuesday, November 18, 2014

I bark, therefore I am?

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.


  1. amen and amen again... i have 8 paws holding my heart... that was the fun thing about the Canine Christmas festival, i got to see all the things you talk about here in one place... you are a dog, so don't fret...if we lived in a cold climate Jake would need a sweater... his sister has her own sweater... and i wish Jake had your nubby tail, his has bruises all over me...

  2. Yepperz Casey - u got it! You got us Beaglebratz thinkin - sumtimez, u just can't c what makez us who we r - our mom sez she knowz who we r even when otherz don't c it an'that'z kinda neeto-sweeto cuz it iz like we share a secret - our mom an'us Beaglebratz.
    Shiloh-Lord of the Manor an'Diva Shasta

  3. Just because you have fur doesn't mean you cannot get cold?!? That lady sounds like she has no idea what a dog is so I wouldn't worry one bit! You are a dog...sweater or no sweater...

  4. You look real to me my friend.

    Aroo to you,

  5. You are very handsome all the way around. We got snow for either so we love sweaters
    Lily & Edward

  6. That is so very true!!

    Don't listen to silly humans....real dogs wear sweater all the time (at least in this house they do!)!!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

  7. OMD OMD you are SO right, Casey. It is that our Paws hold our Peep's Hearts.
    BTW... WE have OUR WINTER COATs ALL out... and have been wearing them every time we go outside... fur 3 days now... When it is only 13° F .... you can NOT have enough stuffs on to stay warm. We are going out and BACK in... faster than a Squirrel with a dog on its Tail.

  8. That's right Casey and because of it, your Momma makes sure that you have a sweater or coat on to keep you warm when your furs aren't enough! :)

    the critters in the cottage xo

  9. Oh, Casey! You just melt my heart!

  10. I wear sweaters all da time, I's wearin one now. And I'll butt bite anyone who says I ain't a real dog!

  11. Oh Casey - what a great post! You just made us feel warm and fuzzy inside!
    Mr Bailey & Hazel

  12. Yes! You got that right! Even though I personally hate to wear clothes I had an earlier brother named Leroy who loved his sweaters!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  13. You don't need furs to be a real dog....just like peeps we all gots our own style....as for that sweater thingie.....hey we gots long furs but still wear a sweater when its below 20 outside, and we gots blankies in our dog houses.....so furs are not the important thing...it's everything about you that makes a dog a dog!

    The Mad Scots
    Pees; tell us who said that, Top Cop Bites is mad!

  14. Casey, u r a real dog. Dont listen to that facebook rubbish.

  15. Casey, you are thinking too much - you finally got to the real answer - YES, you are a dog. And if Phantom's birthday present ever gets here, you will see that even some Sibes need more than their thick coats:)

    Woos - Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning

  16. You are all dog! We are all different and yet the same. Leave it to a silly human to say something like this. Ugh!

    By the way, I have lots fur, but still wear sweaters because my fur is a wee bit thin and I'm close to the ground. Sweaters are cool!

  17. I agree, I think that the LBR "friend" is a little bit jealous of all those dogs who have coats and sweaters, I have very thin furs too and I like to wear sweaters and coats when it gets cold, I like to cuddle up with My Mum under the blankets with my ears, my nose, my tail and my paws, a real dog I agree leaves paw prints on their pawrents heart, a part of your heart is in them and part of theirs is in ours, we have a beautiful bond and love and that is what a real dog is, you are very much a real dog Casey and so is Cinderella, you touch others hearts too, all over Blogville, so maybe you are MORE of a DOG because of all that love you have to give!
    Love and licks from your also REAL dog Frank xxxxxx

  18. Hey Casey!
    Wow, you are totally all DOG with a capital DDDD! OMD I think that peep is the one who's fake. Not very bright either if you ask me. BOL I bet that "furiend" puts a coat on. Every single part of our DOGNESS is perfect. We love our DOGVARIETY too, so she can just take a long leap off a short pier. BWAR HAR HAR Love that last pix. :)
    Grr and Woof,
    Sarge, Police Commish

  19. Casey you are a real dog and a real friend, that's for sure. And what's wrong with wearing sweaters when it is cold outside? I wear a coat too, because our fur isn't thick enough for that polar vortex thingy. btw: humans are crazy, huh? first they breed us with a thin fur and then they say we are not real when we need a sweater...

  20. You are absolutely right!!! We wear sweaters sometimes to make our Mom happy because that's very important to us. And beside we look really sharp in our sweaters.
    The Porties