Every foster dog who comes into my life is wonderful and delicious in his or her own way, but certain ones really grab my heart more acutely than others.
When Sandy was adopted, after five exhausting months of living with a hyperactive little demon-child but feeling an inexplicable attachment, I comforted myself with the thought that I would again be able to find a dog like her if the time was right to foster again, or adopt.
And by "like her," I mean a dog who snorts. Yes, Sandy did this little piggie snorting thing when she sniffed and when she kissed, and I found it the most compelling, adorable, heartbreaking thing I could imagine.
And much as I loved having Pager and Collette and the others, none of them did those snorties.
Star does. Every time she kisses, every time she sniffs, she makes those incredible little snoring snorting grumbling noises that steal my heart.
She is a little pain in the butt, zooming around in the evenings like a deranged madwoman and giving us humans and Fozzie no rest, but somehow the snorts make it all OK.
Of all the selection criteria for an animal companion--you know, like great with kids, housetrained, knows basic commands--I imagine that "makes snorting noises" is low on most people's list.
But I can't help it. There's just something about those snorties.
What dog behaviors reduce YOUR ability to think rationally?