savannah (onsafari) wrote,

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Over the weekend, I got to meet my brothers new dog. He and his wife brought the puppy down to our parents house while my husband and I were there. This puppy is adorable. It's half lab, half border collie so the dog is too smart for it's own good. It's also the laziest puppy I've ever seen - he sat down for a very long time for a 6 month old dog. My brother claims that the dog doesn't like to run for more than 5 minutes at a time. They've even fenced their yard in for this puppy, and my sister-in-law takes him to work. She works in a vet office, so this is the perfect arrangement.

Meeting the puppy reinforced for me that I'm not up for raising or training or walking a dog. Particularly as it proved to me that I'm a little alergic to them. I get a rash from dog saliva, and no dog can go more than 5 minutes without licking someone, at least that's the way it seems when I'm around them. Maybe it's me.

Anyway, that's not the point. When my brother was talking about getting a dog, he was really excited. He's wanted a dog forever, but that was only half the reason they got this puppy. It seems that his wife doesn't feel safe in their house alone, particularly at night, so this dog is going to serve as protector. She's tiny - 5 feet and 100 pounds or so, but it still strikes me as odd that they would pick a house where she doesn't feel safe. I would say its safer where they are now than the apartment they used to live in. I also don't understand how having a dog, unless it's trained to attack on command, will make her any safer. Is it about the illusion or the reality? Unfortunately, I can't ask either. But it doesn't really matter, I guess, as long as she feels better. But I still worry for her.
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