My Dogs’ Quirky Personalities

Angel and Princess’ personalities correlate with their names.  Princess tends to be selfish and only desires human food, while Angel tends to be greedy with her treats.  Angel truly believes that my siblings and I are her puppies.  Angel thinks that she is in charge of my siblings and I and that she has to take care of us.  When we are at school at day, she whimpers and settles down for the day.  Angel sits on the window sill everyday so that she will not miss my siblings getting off of the bus.  Princess loves receiving attention from us, and she always wants us to play with her.  Although Princess and Angel have their quirks, their positivity and energy provide my family with genuine happiness.

My dogs’ individuality is reflected through their personalities because they depict their unique habits and obsessions.  I have a large living room window where Angel looks outside every day.  She sits by the window to protect my family from intruders and to watch out for other dogs.  Whenever I think about this living room window, all I can imagine is Angel plunging through the window at the sight of another black lab.  As Angel’s wide eyes witnessed the dog scampering passed our window, she leaped toward the window to play with the other dog.  In the end, Angel seriously injured her legs due to the cuts in her skin from the glass.  The enthusiasm that these dogs embody radiates throughout my house and impacts the optimism that I strive to implement in my life.

When Angel and Princess see other dogs, they are enraged with pure happiness and start barking obnoxiously.  Angel’s bark is more frightening than Princess’ bark, even though Princess is larger.  Angel’s bark is more of a howl, and Princess’ bark is a sequel despite her size.  Even though their barks are deafening to my ears, Angel and Princess lift the energy of my house and encourage us to smile at the simplicities in life.

Of course Princess and Angel have their favorite spots for sleeping.  Princess loves sleeping outside when it snows because of her fur coat.  She also sleeps in front of my front door because of the cold tile floor.  She often prevents my family and I from leaving the house and people entering from the house.  Angel curls into a ball on “her” chair in my living room so that she can not only see everyone from above but also squeeze into the comfort of the soft couch pillows.

Since Angel and Princess weigh more than most of the members of my family, many people have been scared of them.  Every single time someone visits my house, Angel and Princess jump all over them.  Although they are ecstatic to see new people, they consequently frighten visitors including mailmen and friends.  Even though they are bigger than your average dog, they provide an immense amount of love and acceptance that is worth the loud barking at dawn.

Final Additions to the Family

When I was young, I was frightened by dogs.  Ironically, I am writing my passion blog about my love for dogs.  In third grade, I used to stand on top of my friend’s kitchen table to prevent her corgi from “attacking” me.  Keep in mind that her corgi was 10 inches tall and weighed 25 pounds.  About a year later, my family adopted Angel, a 90 pound black lab, and we brought home Princess, a 130 pound malamute, two years later.

I was still scared of dogs, when I met Angel for the first time.  Her energy and excitement overwhelmed me because she dashed from me to my dad, brother, mother, sister, and then back to me.  To protect myself from this bundle of joy, I sat on the window sill.  As soon as I realized that Angel’s heart was full of love, I fell in love with her.  Whenever I am upset about a poor grade or a mistake, I can always count on hugging her and being comforted by her.

When we met Princess, her name was Red and her brother’s name was Blue.  Despite Princess’ immense size, she never would hurt anyone.  Even though she is nine years old, she still thinks that she is a delicate baby.  Princess was the perfect, final, and furry addition to our family.

Princess and her brother were abused before they came to the SPCA.  When Princess came home, she seemed very skeptical about us.  Loud noises, such as thunder and fireworks, terrify her.  Every time she hears an intense noise, she squeezes under tables or behind one of the chairs in our family room, even though she barely fits.  Princess only began to fully trust my family after a few years, because of the trauma that she had endured.

According to an article from The Humane Society of the United States, dogs are one of the most common victims of animal abuse.  The 1,423 U.S. cruelty cases suggest that 71.1% of animal abuse cases involved the torturing of dogs.  In addition, one survey declares that 71% of abused human victims stated that their abuser also mistreated animals.

Animal cruelty causes dogs to feel alone.  Since they do not trust humans, they are more likely to react violently with mechanisms such as biting.  The personalities of dogs are deeply affected by mistreatment.  Constantly living in fear causes these dogs to put up a defensive guard, and the resulting stress ultimately leads to a variety of physical and emotional issues.

Despite the abuse that Princess endured, her loving and calm nature has developed over the years.  Angel and Princess provide my family with unconditional love, which is the greatest gift in life.  They have clearly made our lives richer and happier.

Although my house might be known in the neighborhood as the house with two crazy dogs, who freak out at the sight of dogs or people through our large living room window, it is filled with love and laughter thanks to Princess and Angel.