Sigh. Thank you Obama’s…….thank you for picking a Portuguese Water Dog. Now…that this breed is our First Dog….people are more alert to cute, fluffy black dogs.
In great efforts to exhaust her and to keep the destruction of our house to a minimum….Stella goes for alot of walks. She walks in the morning with Mama…..she walks during the day with Papa….and again in the evening with Mama. She’s a walking machine. She moves right along, doesn’t spend too much time randomly sniffing. She keeps a good pace and seems to enjoy it. The important things are…..1) she (and Mama) are getting much needed exercise….and 2) she is burning off all that pent up puppeh energy.
She sees alot of people on these walks. Almost daily…we are asked, “How cute…is that a Portuguese Water Dog?” “No….she’s a Schnoodle.” Sigh. Yesterday after getting home from walking the Blvd and being asked THE Question….I said to Rob, “I think I’m going to hang a little sign around her neck that says, “No, I am NOT a Portuguese Water Dog.”
Am I touchy? One day in PetQuarters one of the very nice employees said, “Oh how cute….I just love Portuguese Water Dogs.” I said, “Oh, she’s not….she’s a Schnoodle.” “Um, no…she’s a Portuguese Water Dog….we have one come in here all the time and yours looks just like it.” “No really…she’s a Schnoodle.” “Portuguese Water Dog.” Thanks….like Stella needs an identity crisis? She’s a SCHNOODLE…..rhymes with Strudel, Poodle, Caboodle, Canoodle, Doodle, Noodle…….
No offense to all of you Portuguese Water Dog owners out there….but really….what kind of name is that? It’s too long….it’s hard to spell….and it doesn’t rhyme with anything. AND….if you google it…and look at the images you get:
Maybe I’m a Schnoodle snob…..maybe I just don’t want to get our girl lumped into a category that she’s not. Maybe I need to start a Schnoodle Awareness Group or a support group for people who own cute, black, fluffy dogs that now thanks to the Obama’s…..are also being asked, “How cute….is that a Portu-blah blah…Water…blah, blah Whatever Dog?”