Wednesday, July 7, 2010
What kind of dog is that?
This is a familiar question when we take Dottie out on the town. Understandably, people are curious when they encounter what they think is a very strange looking lab puppy. I have my little intro speech down to a science whenever someone stops us to inquire (which happens a lot). What takes me by surprise though are the occasions when someone stops to ask me about Alven.
This past weekend we took Mr. Flash and Alven to PetSmart when a man came up to me and posed the above question. For a second I was about to launch into my Dottie speech when I realized he was pointing to Alven and Dottie wasn't even there. I smiled at the man and said, "Alven is a dachshund." He looked down and then back at me and said, "And what else?" I shook my head and said, "And nothing else. He's just a standard long-haired dachshund." The man still looked unconvinced as he looked from Flash to Alven and then wandered away. I would have launched into the size, coat and color variations found in doxies, but Alven was already giving him the stink eye after receiving such an insult.
I have heard that people with wire-haired doxies get asked this question often, but I never thought Alven would look like anything other than the gorgeous doxie that he is. I wonder if it's the size thing and some people just associate doxies with mini's. In any case it's always a little amusing to see the reaction people have when I give them a simple answer instead of a long list of breeds.
Alven feels I should answer, "This is a rare breed called MOST HANDSOMEST EVER. Duh!"