We walked our miniature poodles this afternoon, my hulking husband - who would seem better paired with a black lab or a German Shepherd - and me. As we stopped to chat with a friend, my husband quickly pointed out that the dogs aren’t his; one belongs to me and one to our youngest daughter who still lives at home. It is as if there is a special shame reserved for men who own small dogs, especially if that small dog is a poodle. (Oddly enough, the other couple was walking two small pugs, so I thought it best not to point out to my friend’s husband the slight implication that men shouldn’t be seen with tiny dogs.)
There are a lot of good reasons to have a small dog whether you are a man or a woman. Here are a few of my favorites:
- I can walk around the yard and re-enter the house with clean tennis shoes.
- I can fill the food and water dishes once a day - without using a shovel or a hose.
- Speaking of shovels, mine has only dirt on it.
- In wet weather, small footprints appear on my wood floor - the key word being SMALL.
- Puppy training doesn’t end with re-carpeting the house.
- The lawn mower takes care of any “treasures” hidden in the grass.
- I can physically restrain my dog.
- I can afford to feed my dog Iams.
- I walk the dog, the dog doesn’t walk me.
- My dog worries about me jumping on him, not vice versa.
- My grandchildren are bigger than my dog.
- Bath time results in soaking the dog, not the bathroom floor.
- My house smells like a home, not a kennel.
- My bed has room in it for me.
- Small dogs, especially cute ones, attract a lot of attention from young women. If you are a single guy, you might give that some thought.
Our poodles aren't clipped in the typical "foofie" poodle cut; instead, we keep them short all over and with a bit of a mustache. It doesn't help. My husband still disavows ownership. But when our daughter moves away in a couple of months and takes her dog - who happens to adore my husband - we will see if I am presented with a new poodle pup. It will of course be for me. And for my dog Gus. Because Bob is just that kind of guy. Always thinking about others.