Mandy, the beloved. German Shepherd-Cattle Dog mix. Does exactly as she's told, every time. A little neurotic. Keeps Smokie in line. Sneaks on our bed after we've fallen asleep. Is a bed hog. Barks only when necessary. Loves belly rubs. She's just tall enough that she can plant her belly on top of your foot if you're sitting cross-legged in a chair. This is her chair. Smokie doesn't even think about getting in it.
Smokie, the adored. Spaniel-Cattle Dog mix. Doesn't mind worth a hoot, despite many tries at training. Can't be bothered with it. Will do as she asked if a dog treat is involved. Smart, wicked smart. Can open the back door, but won't close it. Barks at song birds and squirrels. Yelps at the deer because she has it in for all deer. She was chased by a doe defending her fawn last year. Sleeps in a crate at night. Tends to be sneaky otherwise. Besides, there's not enough room in our bed for two dogs, the cat and the two humans who bought the bed.
Tell me about your dogs. My daughter is a cat person. I'm crazy for dogs. I think they hung the moon. I think that Dog is God spelled backwards for a reason. Unconditional love makes my heart sing.