Love of Dogs
We kick off the new year celebrating man’s
(and woman’s) best friend.
I diligently paid $500,
not realizing it was only
ILOVE M Y DOG. Her name is Samantha Segundo Towle, she is a mini golden- doodle and she is 12 years old. She has the kindest brown eyes that see only the best version of me (or whomever she
looks at). This dog is always happy — actually
more like ecstatic — to see me or any human
really, and despite the many boxes of Greenies
we get at Costco, she has the worst breath,
which she generously shares with whoever is
gullible enough to bend down for a kiss.
Her name is in honor of the first golden in
our family, and finding her was a journey in
itself. In search of a hypoallergenic dog, we
learned about doodles. We tried and failed to
find a rescue option and eventually tracked
down a breeder in Modesto. Once we learned of
the upcoming litter, I diligently paid $500, not
realizing it was only the deposit.
Six weeks later, on a frosty December
morning, we packed the EuroVan and went on
a mission to pick our pup — definitely one of
the best family memories. I realized the total
cost of this ball of fluff was $2,000, but it was
too late to back out. We had all fallen in love
with a dog designated F2. Driving home with
a 7- and a 4-year-old cooing and calming their
nervous new family member eased the pain
of handing over that check. And for the first
couple years, due to her penchant to escape
and run wild in the neighborhood, we called
her 2K Pâté, imagining the aftermath of her
running straight into a car.
Of course, our time with Sam isn’t all wag-
ging tails. There were enthusiastic muddy
runs through the house, plates of appetizers
devoured before a party, burritos snatched
from children’s hands at the park, and countless
drives home from work to retrieve the yellow
doodle that popped up in Nextdoor Strawberry
notifications. There were also a few dead chick-
ens (not a malicious murder: she just played too
rough) and pounds and pounds of poop picked
up through the years. Despite all this, we love
her deeply, might I say, fiercely.
We are not alone. Dogs and humans have
shared a bond for centuries. There are remains
of dogs buried with their humans dating back
14,000 years. What other animal inspires as
many anthropomorphic descriptions? Buster
is grumpy when you sit on his chair, Buster
hates the Kardashians, Buster loves going to
this particular park, and here in Marin, Buster
prefers wild salmon. It’s no surprise that canine
companionship is a topic that resonates with
our readers — our online article on Marin’s
pampered pooches is constantly in our top 10
searches, as are our stories on dog-friendly restaurants and traveling with a dog. Why? Two
words. Unconditional love.
So when our art director suggested a photo
essay on dogs last fall, it was an easy and unanimous yes. Even our managing editor, the cat
lover in the group, saw the value in a story showcasing the bond between our readers and their
furry friends. The only problem was selecting
which dog-and-human pairs to photograph;
we only had room for five. Once we solicitated
applicants on Facebook, it didn’t take long for a
flurry of queries to flood associate editor Kasia
Pawlowska’s in-box. She has an obsession with
Bernese mountain dogs (you’ll notice there are
a pair in the feature) and was so entertained
by people’s stories about them we were afraid
she would leave us for Dog Fancy magazine.
Does your dog rock your world? In 2019 we’ll be
featuring a dog-of-the-month on our website;
email firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Oh yeah, I almost forgot, happy New Year.
We are grateful for our readers and look forward to bringing you another year of exciting
content focused on this beautiful county
we call home.
Mimi Towle, Editor