11 years ago today my heart dog was born.
I had waited a long, long time for this dog and he’s been everything that I could of ever dreamed of and more.
Actually, the other day I was giving him a hug and I said out loud, “I don’t think that I could ever really show you how much I love you.”
And it’s true, there’s not even words to even explain it.
So instead of making a long drawn out post where I’m struggling to find the right words to express how I feel about this dog who means so much to me and feeling sad that 11 years have passed so quickly, I thought it would be fun to keep things light and share 11 things about Sherman that you might not know.
Sherman was the “shy” one in his litter. He kept to himself and he wasn’t really part of the pack. He wasn’t the runt of the litter he was more of just a loner and the breeder made sure to let me know this. On our drive home from Michigan, Sherman sat as far away from is as possible. Every time that I would inch closer to him, he would move closer to the door. To this day, that is basically how Sherman is. He prefers human companionship over that of dogs. He always wants to be with you but not necessarily right next to you. I believe that he thinks he’s above dogs but not in a conceited kind of way.
When Sherman was a puppy we tried to keep him in a crate but he wasn’t a fan. One day we came home from being away and found Sherman sitting in the kitchen waiting for us. We didn’t leave Sherman in the kitchen, we left him in the bedroom in a crate that had a lock on it. When we went to check the crate we found that Sherman somehow managed to bend the front door of the cage inwards and he simply must have walked out. The other 3 sides of the cage were still erect, just the door was folded in. We have no idea how he did this and was able to get out. It’s still a mystery today.
When Sherman was 8 months old he decide to have a go at counter-surfing and ate a whole box of Chips Ahoy cookies. We had to take him to the vet and induce vomiting. He did not give up those cookies easily but eventually the activated charcoal got the best of him. He’s never attempted to counter-surf since.
Sherman doesn’t like nonsense. He detests screaming and he does not like any type of fighting, even if it’s just messing around. If we are goofing around he will either place himself between us and bark or he will grab one of his favorite toys and drop it at our feet. He will continue to pick it up and drop it until we toss it to him.
Sherman only likes yellow Air Dog toys. I’ve tried to buy him other toys but he wants nothing to do with them. Last year I tried to buy him some bully sticks and other tasty treats but he refused to even give them a chance. I’m out of options of buying him toys because Air Dog only makes a few yellow toys that are size appropriate for big dogs and I’ve already bought each one of them 4 times.
Sherman does not like his front legs touched and he never has. This goes way back to his puppy days and we’ve never been able to get him over it. He doesn’t mind anything else on his fluffy body touched. He will tolerate a quick brush running through his furry legs but if you do it too much he will either get up and walk away or start biting at the brush.
Sherman didn’t like being in the show ring. He loved going to go to the shows and laying outside of the ring watching all the action but he didn’t like the attention being on him. He also didn’t like doing the down and back and we couldn’t put him in a cage at the show because he would freak out. The handler said that I was too overprotective of him and he was right.
Every Sunday Sherman and I share breakfast. He normally doesn’t come inside after he eats his breakfast, except on Sundays. Sherman will lay by my feet at the kitchen table until I’m done eating and then he sits up and waits for his egg on a piece of a toast. We’ve been doing this for years.
Sherman isn’t a big fan of snuggling or giving kisses but when I get home from being out he gives me 2 kisses as soon as I walk in the door. He’s extremely gentle with his kisses and it’s one of the best parts of my day.
Sherman sleeps outside of our bedroom every night, except in the middle of summer. He’s the last one I kiss goodnight and the first one I see in the morning. He’s always in the same spot and even when my husband lets him out in the morning before he goes to work, Sherman still comes back and lays right outside of my room until I wake up.
Sherman does not like rodents. Sherman would never hurt a fly but he would smoother a rodent. On more than one occasion Sherman has caught a groundhog and an opossum. He doesn’t try to eat the rodent, rather he traps it in between his front legs, moves it close to his chest and lies on it. It’s the craziest thing and one of the reasons why we don’t let him get to close to our guinea pig.
Sherman’s always been considered an underdog because of his personality but he always steps up to the plate when needed. There is no doubt in my mind that Sherman would do all he could to protect his family in every way possible.
Happy 11th Birthday my sweet Sherman. Thank you for being the very best Newf a girl could ever have. I love you forever and always. <3