Staff and volunteers of the Elmbrook Humane Society will be blogging about what's going on at the society, as well as other observations about life in Wisconsin.
The mission of the Elmbrook Humane Society is to promote the human-animal bond through adoption and education, to provide shelter to homeless animals, and to prevent animal cruelty and neglect. EBHS services the city of Brookfield, the villages of Butler, Chenequa, Elm Grove and Nashotah, and the towns of Brookfield and Delafield. EBHS shelters unwanted pets and strays, and rescues injured domestic animals and wildlife, provides resources for individuals with companion animals and provides Humane Education to schools and civic groups.
Visit our web site at www.EBHS.org.
They had me at "ugliest." I was compelled to watch the episode of Dogs 101 on Animal Planet in which they profiled the world's ugliest dogs. As the proud parent of a Neapolitan mastiff and English mastiff, my tastes in dog beauty definitely run to the large, wrinkly, slobbery ones! The Chinese crested and some other hairless dogs were discussed, and then they moved on to my favorite: the Neo! I heard once that the breed standard calls for the dog's appearance to create fear in the onlooker, but all it creates in me is the urge to rub behind the dog's ears and reach up under his lips to scratch his chin. The lips also make good handles for gently pulling the dog down for a kiss! When we adopted our Neo, Dozer, from Neo rescue, his foster mother told me that he gave gentle kisses, "although not everyone likes to be kissed by a Neo."
I've found that the dogs I think are the cutest at Elmbrook are ones that others may put on the ugly list. I love Staffordshire terriers and other pit bull mixes, dogs that get wrinkles on the top of their heads when they are confused or thinking hard, and dogs who need to have their water bowl rinsed out (due to slobber) rather than just refilled. Others may flock to the Labs or beagles or German shepherds, but these dogs are the ones that catch my fancy.
A few days later, when flipping through the channels, I saw there was a different show on Dogs 101. This time, they were focusing on the world's cutest dogs. I was about to change the channel when a new category of cutest dogs came up: so ugly they're cute. Now that's my kind of dog!