"The truth of the matter is that a Standard Poodle would be the perfect dog for any human body-personality type."
This is Jovi
~~ Jon's Dog Jovi ~~
a perfect dog
This is Jovi shortly after he came to me.
He was almost two years old.
My new poodle came to me named Kobe. This is the sort of thing that can happen when a little boy is allowed to choose a dog's name. The first day I had him, a neighbor told him he looked like an eighties rock star. I took it as a sign from the universe that his real name was Jovi. And so it is.
For reasons of cost and maintenance, the glam rock do was switched for the grooming favored by pet poodles in my area.
We call it the curly lab.
What? You were digging too.
Poodles have that froufy image. I'm here to tell you that while Jovi is, like all poodles, graceful and agile, sometimes dignified, he must be kept away from unclean litter boxes, dribbles water all over the place when he drinks, pees all over his chest and front legs, thinks hardcover books and toilet paper tubes make the very best chew toys and he loves to dig in the dirt. Just like a dog.
Nearly every day at the dog park he falls in love with a small male, a different one every time, and humps the poor little thing obsessively until I leash him or remove him to another part of the park. The conventional wisdom is that this is an expression of dominance but from the idiotic grin and glazed over eyes as he performs, I don't think so. Perhaps it's some behavioral residue of coming to sexual maturity while living with small dogs, perhaps he was a Catholic priest in a past life.
Jovi has a scar on one side of his muzzle from a wound he suffered playing with Oscar, a cream Standard Poodle. Poodles play rough. With teeth.
a real dog, yes, but he prefers to rest in flower beds
(the lilies of the valley weren't blooming yet)
The perfect dog
(not always perfectly groomed. )