The dog of my youth was a cairn terrier named Spot, who cried when I cried, ran joyfully around the house when we returned from a trip, and assassinated rats.
My friend sometimes left her black standard poodle with me while she worked. Gaia was the most intelligent of dogs, and would lay her head on my leg when she needed to go out. When I spoke, she cocked her head to one side, pretending to understand everything I said.
Years ago, I painted a portrait of three dogs, one of which was totally blind. When it was rounded up for a reference photo, the dog took one whiff of me and ran away. My reference shot turned out to be the owner running down the street after that ungrateful mutt.
My niece’s black terri-poo, Dexter, loved organic chicken from the health food store. When I had him over, he slept at the foot of my bed, and chased his tail each morning when I awoke. Was he happy to see me or the chicken breakfast sure to follow?