When I lived in New Mexico, most of the dogs in the shelters were brown dogs, often with black masks.
They were the reservation dogs, the scrappy desert dogs, the shepherd mixes and Dingo/chow/heeler mixes that were everywhere.
Something about that black mask just did something to my heart, and I ended up with two of them.
I still love the fuzzy desert dingo brown dogs, but it's the pit mixes that really make me lose my composure. So much that I've fostered five of them and now have two of them.
Two that I can't keep my hands off of.
I just love their short fur, their velvety smoothness, their hot breath, their warm flapping tongues.
To see one is to have to make out with it, squish its face, massage its paws.
Of course I love mine even more than just any pittie I come across. Fozzie, with his enormous body and his stiff paws, his horrifying breath and the way he just likes to lean into you with a big sigh.
So velvety and idiotic and snorty, so compact and kissable and muscular with paws that smell so strongly of Fritos that the entire dog emits that warm, delicious fragrance
Drives me crazy how cute they are.
Not sure why I get so worked up about the dogs who are most abundant. I think once I am in a place long enough to realize the situation, hear some of the stories, and learn who is most desperate, my rescuer messiah complex kicks in and I just need to be around those ones. Pretty weird, huh?
Now excuse me while I go sniff some paws.
What aspects of dogs make YOU unable to think straight?