It’s True Puppy Love For Striker

Dr. John Kaya
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Wednesday - February 17, 2010
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With Valentine’s Day come and gone, I can’t help but reflect upon the many love stories that have graced the silver screen. Lady and the Tramp, Simba and Nala (The Lion King) and Mumble and Gloria (Happy Feet) are just a few that come to mind.

Were you expecting Bogie and Bacall or Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks? You must remember that I am a veterinarian, and as such my references are animal related. But do animals fall in love? Is love just a human emotion? Well, allow me to weave a magical “tail” that “sheds” some light on the subject.

Once upon a time there was a dog named Striker, and he was quite a stud. You see, in this day and age, most dogs are neutered, but not Striker. He possessed his family jewels. Was this a wise decision by his owners? Well, Striker was not aggressive, did not mark his territory by urinating on expensive furniture, was not allowed to roam the neighborhood (to prevent accidental pregnancy) and did not irritatingly hump his owner’s leg. In his case, the decision to keep him intact was acceptable.


 

Because of Striker’s wonderful disposition, other dog owners were interested in his stud services. On two occasions he was allowed to interact with female dogs that were in heat. Foofi and Muffin were cute indeed. If they took out a singles ad in the paper, it would read: “Well-groomed, fun-loving, adventurous, enjoy long walks on the beach, home-cooked meals and chasing birds at the park.” It was soon after several mating attempts with Foofi and Muffin that Striker visited our hospital.

“Doc, I think something may be wrong with Striker,” Mrs. Tanabe stated. “We introduced him to two very attractive female dogs and he showed no interest in them whatsoever. What’s wrong with him?”

“We assume that by putting two dogs together, nature will take its course,” I explained. “But the reality is that there needs to be some level of attraction. In my opinion, it seems that Striker is a little picky about his mate.”

“The girls seemed fine,” sighed Mrs. Tanabe. “They were gorgeous and had great personalities, but I guess they weren’t his type.”

I assured Mrs. Tanabe that there was a dog out there for Striker. They just haven’t found the right one.


Sure enough, a few months later Striker fell in love. Her name was Tally and it was love at first sight. A few months after that, Striker fell in love once again. Her name was Mimi and it was love at first sight. The litter of puppies that came from each union was beautiful. Mrs. Tanabe ended up keeping one of the puppies and reports that Striker and his son Topper get along really well.

Do dogs fall in love? I think so. Attraction is in the eyes and mind of the beholder. Striker was not going to perform on demand; he needed to have that mysterious connection that only those who have known love understand. When the language of love is spoken, wondrous things can happen on the wild side.

Pet Tips: Spaying or neutering your pet is important to prevent unexpected pregnancies and help to control pet population. Seek the advice of your veterinarian for the health benefits.

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