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My Velcro Dogs

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Velcro Great Dane #2.

Velcro Great Dane #2.

Velcro Great Dane #1.

Velcro Great Dane #1.

Velcro Great Danes

 I am the proud owner of two Velcro dogs. No, this isn’t some new breed like the Golden Doodle or the Maltipoo. This is more of a type of dog, and any breed can become one. In fact, as far as breed goes, mine are Great Danes. First and foremost, however, they are dyed-in –the-wool Velcro pooches!

Allow me to explain. Every morning when I wake up, there are two 150-pound dogs snoozing next to me. And they’re not just next to me – they’re practically on me. They get as close as is physically possible. For a large person, I’m allowed only a disproportionately small strip of the bed.

When I finally “thaw out” enough to exit the bed, they follow me to the bathroom and look me in the eye as I sit on the throne. I’m always thinking, “Hey, guys. I can do this without your help! I did it for years long before I adopted you two!”

After washing my hands and brushing my teeth (which must be fascinating to the dogs, judging from their intense interest), I let them out for their potty break. I feed them their breakfast, and I report to my work station, the computer. In just a few minutes, I hear the click-click-click of doggie nails on the hardwood floor, and I know they’ve joined me in the office. They either lie at my feet or recline on the leather couch behind me. If I get up for something, however, they’re right there with me.

They can be sound asleep and snoring, but let me try to sneak to the bathroom or to the kitchen for a drink or snack, and they’re immediately wide awake. They spring into action, jumping off the comfy couch to see what I’m up to. It’s amazing! They follow me step for step.

When I go into the living room to watch TV, the boys are right behind me. Instead of lying on the soft sofa in the office, they instead choose the oak floor just so they can be near me. They aren’t allowed on the living room furniture.

When husband Johnny and I eat our meals, the furkids are right there, watching every move we make. They’re ready to pounce on any morsel we might accidentally drop, and they know we’ll save them a bite of whatever we’re eating. We always do.

I stay home most of the time, and around the house, I usually wear jogging pants and a big tee shirt. If I decide to go out, the dogs know. They watch intently as I get dressed and put on my shoes. They know I’m about to leave them, and they don’t like it one bit. They follow me to the door every time I go, pleading with those big liquid brown eyes that I won’t leave them behind.

When I go to bed at night, the dogs join me. My fawn male, Hamlet, places his massive head on my pillow, right next to mine. Grendel, the harlequin, squeezes up against my legs. This is pretty nice in cold weather, since the dogs generate so much heat, but in the summer months, it can be sweltering.  

The worst time for the dogs is when we have to leave them at the doggie hotel while we go on vacation. They barely eat the entire week, even though they still have each other and we always send plenty of toys and chews to keep them occupied. When we return to town and pick them up, they pout. For a couple of days, they won’t even look at us. When we speak to them, they turn their heads, so incensed are they that we would leave them in the care of strangers.

Whenever I’m sick and confined to bed, they stay by my side. Even if I’m bedridden for several days, the boys get up only to go out to relieve themselves. I don’t think they even eat or drink. Johnny has suggested several times that we get nurses’ caps for them!

Now you see why I refer to my big boys as Velcro dogs. They’re always stuck to my side. Of course, I wouldn’t have it any other way!

 

 

 

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Comments

Jess on November 26, 2012:

My Velcro dog is a bulldog/Rottweiler lol. She's at 45lbs right now (10 months old) and isn't happy at night if she's not sleeping on my pillow with me and I can't leave the room without her being right there with me, potty breaks, showers, and all!

princesswithapen on December 05, 2011:

Velcro dogs! What a cute name to give to your not-so-small pooches. Reading this hub was heart warming. It shows how pets can be an integral part of your family and life in general. Nicely done!

Princesswithapen

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on October 26, 2010:

I had two Akitas. Great dogs, but they were very animal aggressive. Are yours?

AkitaNewfoundland on October 24, 2010:

I have myself an Akita who is my Velcro Dog. I also have a Newfoundland who is my Velcro dog. And I also have a white GSD-x-akita bitch who is a velcro dog (tho a few of the loops of hooks have been broken). And currently am looking after a GSD boy who is fastening up like a Velcro Dog.

I wouldn't have them any other way . especially my little Akita baby. She loves me and I love her. Proud to have her by my side.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on October 04, 2010:

I'll check it out, KK!

kkgifts from Florence, SC on October 04, 2010:

On man, I loved Your story, I am glad to know I am not the only one who is being "human sitting" by their dog. check out my hub Large Dogs- A Day In The Life of Bear. I have 3 that follow my every move all day long. feel ya! but love them!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on January 21, 2010:

Rls, I do the same thing, and tripping over one of mine could cause a broken leg!!

rls8994 from Mississippi on January 21, 2010:

I got one of those velcro dogs too. I can't tell you how many times I have almost tripped and fell on him because he is always right there with me. If I get up, he gets up. If I sleep he sleeps. He is such a sweetie!!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on January 21, 2010:

Audrey, how many mals do you own? Does it get hot where you live? Do you clip them in the summer?

Audrey Kirchner from Washington on January 20, 2010:

I told him and he just hung his head and walked away....bummer - so close! Not sure what he's complaining about since I make them doggie blankets and they get to lay all about on the king sized bed - make great comforters though in this weather....they always jump off though and go to their respective corners - too much fur to want to cuddle - them not us!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on January 20, 2010:

Audrey, tell Griff the boys are no longer allowed on the living room sora since we got new furniture. They can still get on the leather couch in the office, however!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on January 20, 2010:

Lockerman, I don't think I could do that with my doggies!!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on January 20, 2010:

Yep, Bpop, we definitely love each other!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on January 20, 2010:

Thanks, HH. Nice to see you!

Audrey Kirchner from Washington on January 19, 2010:

All I can say is holy crap! My husband thinks our dogs are huge - wait until he gets a load of this! I'm definitely not showing Griffin their pics though because since he loves to watch TV now, I'm sure he would think he now deserves to be on the couch too! When does it end? Never...thankfully

Tammy Lochmann on January 19, 2010:

LOL my neighbor used to call me Paris because I was always holding a dog under my arm like some kind of accessory....You can always make me laugh....Lockerman

breakfastpop on January 19, 2010:

They sound like great loyal friends. I think you are one lucky lady and if you cook for them they must go out of their minds with love for you! It sounds like a mutual admiration society.

Hello, hello, from London, UK on January 19, 2010:

I enjoyed reading this and especially 'Velcro Dogs' Thank you, habee.

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on January 18, 2010:

Hi, Woody! Yes, Great Danes are graceful! Thanks for reading!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on January 18, 2010:

Oh, IV, get a big dog or two. They're awesome - especially Great Danes!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on January 18, 2010:

Thanks, Hmr, for the comment about my boys - and for reading, too!

Holle Abee (author) from Georgia on January 18, 2010:

Hey, Lockerman. I can picture you with a malti-poo! I used to have a MAltese, and he was great!

woody on January 18, 2010:

My 3 dogs do the same thing. They stay so close under my feet, that trip over them all the time. My boxer is the worst. Is it true that danes are real grace full? I know someone that has 2 also, & they never knock over any thing.

Sylvia Van Velzer from Hawaii on January 18, 2010:

Adorable! I like that 'Velcro Dogs'. I am so inspired to get me a big dog!

Hmrjmr1 from Georgia, USA on January 18, 2010:

They are some good looking Buds Habee, I think you may be the lucky dog here!! :D :D :D

Tammy Lochmann on January 18, 2010:

I have one of those but she is a malt-poo.