Some of them were biiiiiiigggggg dogs and I'm not a big dog person. I love little dogs. So rather than chance it and running the risk of coming home to a dog I wouldn't like, I put an ad on our company website stating what I was looking for. Quiet little dog...oh if possible...free. A co-worker responded that she had a dog that had just "showed up" on her back porch. The dog was so badly kept that her fur from her belly was matted to her back legs and she couldn't walk. So she had named her Mattie. She told me the dog was fully trained and very very shy. She had given her to two other people who returned her to my co-worker. I thought to myself, poor dog. I questioned whether I would have to buy accessories and she explained she had the leash, collar, dog crate, dog food, shampoo and even a dog bed.
Now if I stop in the middle of the room, she would have a brown nose. She literally has to have me in her sight at all times. She has been the perfect dog for us. On a few occasions we have heard her bark which she never does while she is awake. She has barked in her sleep when she's dreaming, once at the raccoons, and just yesterday we heard her growl and bark at the neighbor dog. WOW. A dream dog, one that listens, doesn't bark and is potty trained. She is an emotional dog however. When a thunderstorm moves in she hides in the smallest closet we have and trembles. And she has a nervous habit of licking. She licks so loud in fact that it sometimes is a contest to close our bedroom doors at night so that we can get a good night's rest. Please don't judge us until you have had your own restless night sleeping in the same room with Mattie.