To me a "heart" dog is a dog with whom you have an eerie connection, you can almost read each others thoughts. Just as you've given each other your hearts, you'd also make every possible sacrifice to ensure the safety and happiness of the other. Some people are privileged enough or deserving enough to have more than one "heart" dog in their lifetime, some people never experience the awesomeness that is having one. When that connection is broken a huge hunk of your heart is taken with it. Sometimes the human partner dies first - we all know the story of Greyfriar's Bobby I think? Such a faithful little dog.
In my lifetime I've had 15 dogs. They were/are all special and it would almost break my heart to single a few out as being extra special because I know all their hearts belonged to me, but some of them did take a bigger piece of my heart when they left than others.
Frankie is a "heart" dog despite driving me to distraction at times. But neither of us are perfect and he loves me totally anyway. He makes me smile and laugh and sometimes yell when he gets his 'painted on ears' at the park. And I can't imagine life without him.
Beryl is a very, very special girl. She isn't a "heart' dog .... yet! We still don't know all about Beryl and neither does she. Her personality is still developing and it's wonderful to witness her blossom into a very happy pet. Tomorrow it will be 4 months since Beryl came to live with us and I can't remember what life was like 'before Beryl'.
What is everyone else's definition/experience of a "heart dog"?
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