I’ve had animals all my life, but Snick was the first dog I added to my family after I became an adult. When I started getting involved in the dog world, the term “heart dog” kept popping up. Honestly, my initial feeling was that it was a stupid term only used by people who ceaselessly anthropomorphized* their dogs.
Seven and a half years later, I’ll willingly declare to the world that Snickers is my heart dog. 🙂
Heart Dog: What Does it Mean?
I’ve heard people use the term with a range of meanings. Some people seem to feel like every dog they’ve ever had is a heart dog. That doesn’t make any sense to me. To me, that would be like falling madly in life-long love with every person you’ve ever dated; it’s illogical and unlikely!
In my opinion, your heart dog is that once in a lifetime – maybe twice if you’re truly blessed – soul mate dog. He or she is the one you click with similarly to, but different from, how people in love click. There’s an understanding, a bond stronger than most, and a special level of communication. Your heart dog “gets” you and you get him or her right back.
How Does It Happen?
I’m not sure if there is any common thread to how these relationships come about or if they are pure chance. Maybe, like human relationships, it’s different for every connection. I decided that the best way to find out was to ask people about their heart dogs. You can see (and click through to) the list of heart dog interviews at the top right corner of this post.
What About YOUR Heart Dog
Feel free to share about your heart dog in the comments section below OR if you’d like to complete the heart dog interview and be featured on jennaandsnickers.com, contact me!
*Note: On the subject of anthropomorphization, I realize that I’m guilty of giving my dog an online personality and that his Twitter and facebook character calls me “mom.” I don’t really think of him that way though. For example, I would never refer to Snickers as a “furkid” or say that my dogs are like my children. I’m a real mom; I know the difference (and it’s a big difference)! He’s a dog, I’m a person.