It’s funny how people are afraid of big dogs, assuming they will somehow rip your face off if you try and give them a hug around their big furry necks. The only time I was bitten during our seven years at The Pooch, was from a tiny little Chihuahua named Kaiser, or “land shark” our nickname for him.
One of the biggest dogs that ever visited us was a huge white Malamute named Tug and he was the biggest most gentle dog you will ever meet. He thought he was a tiny little puppy and would try to crawl up in everyone’s lap, an impossibility with his 150+ pound body. In reality we could have thrown a saddle on him and charged passengers for doggy rides!
His favorite pastime was dashing across the playground to greet visitors peeking in through the tall gates. The visitors would back away fearfully, as if he could reach them through that six foot fence and gate. He would stick his nose through a small opening and then begin to talk very loudly with his new friends. “Hey, come on in and play with me! It’s so much fun here at The Pooch, you’ll love it….and you’ll love me too! Hey, hey, hey, you aren’t listening! Watch how I run around the playground getting everyone excited and barking! Yeah! I’ve got everyone worked up to the max! I’m such a good dog, yes I am!”
He dwarfed everyone including the two large Huskies shown playing with him in the picture, but he was a gentle giant and would never harm the smallest of dogs or any person on earth.
He was a giant love bug.