I don't think I've ever had a single dog that could fulfill all my needs throughout my entire lifespan. Maybe if the dog continued to age appropriately kind of like golden compass style. But even with that, I have had dogs that were master's at certain roles but couldn't even pretend to pass in others and I've had "jack of all trades," but I have yet to find a "master of all."
Can I meet in the middle and just wish longer lives for multiple dogs?
I wish my Byron could have lived forever. I wouldn't have my puppy now and I know I'll love him to! But Byron seriously was a saint looking back. Didn't chew. Was great with every dog and horse. Really any animal. He would do anything I asked and was always there. Miss him like crazy!
I would keep Gael as she is now, just turned 5 years old.
We had 4 dogs a couple of years ago, 2 senior citizen BC (now passed on), Gael aged 3 and Scout was 1. I remember it was mid winter and it rained solidly for 2 weeks, no one got much exercise, it was dark when I got home and my husband had gone to work, I let everyone out and in and there was mud EVERYWHERE and they were bored and clambering for dinner every night. I got home from work one evening and text my husband "OMG why do we have all these DOGS. I'm sorry but I'm running away from home and leaving all of you, and starting a new life". He replied: "You're taking Gael with you aren't you". Yup.
Siri. It would mean not doing some of the things I want, like I wouldn't ever get to have bunnies, but I wouldn't even give it a second thought. I would worry about her getting enough exercise and stimulation when I was old and frail, but it wouldn't change my mind that I'd choose her for this in a heartbeat.
Ryker. Although Gypsy has only been with us a couple months so I don't feel like we have a super strong bond yet. But I don't think I will ever have that with Gypsy the way I do with Ryker. Ryker can be such a PITA but he is so in tune with me. I love him so much thinking about him getting old makes me sad. His granddog is 14 years old now so hopefully he will live a long time as well
Before Quinn, I would have said Zander. After Quinn, I realize as much as I love Zander and how he is still very much my heart dog, living with Zander is a certain, personal, sort of hell. But, the other side of that is how much I have learned with Zander. I would choose him because as miserable as he can make me, I love him dearly and we have learned so much together. I could only imagine how much more we could learn to live and cope with each other if we had forever to do so.
Quinn, on the other hand, I could not cope in many ways without her. She is an extension of me that makes me better at most things. I would choose Quinn because she is a valuable tool in my life, much in the same way Lexapro is. Eternal life with her would be easy, comfortable and painless.
So, basically, I am eternally indecisive and my entire time would be taken up trying to choose.
No one who knows me in the slightest would have to wonder which dog.
The only thing is I wouldn't want her to live forever. She is attached to me as much as I am attached to her. I am sure she could learn to be attached to someone else but I think it would be hard on her everytime her human died.
I really had to think about this. At first I said Gabby. Then I said Buzz. And now I don't know. Gabby is a super amazing dog that I love dearly. But I don't think any dog will compare to Buzz in my heart.
Zinga. She is a pain at times and sometimes I want to stick her on a plane back to Australia. She challenges me but she is my partner no matter what and always gives me more than I ask. She is my ideal dog and completely has my heart.
And so for the sake of not breaking my SO/Partner/Thingamabobs heart, I'd have to pick Ozzy, if I had to pick. I swear to Dog, when Ozzy goes, we're going to have to bury SO with him. I have the feeling Ozzy is going to be one of those dogs that lives into their late teens just to spite everyone
If I HAD to choose between Indy and Harrison, I have no idea. Indy and I share a deep, really special bond. We've worked so closely together for 3 1/2 years, but I have the feeling she would be just as happy being someone elses dog. Harrison though, we also clicked from day one, Indy and I clicked really quickly, but there were moments where I asked myself why I'd brought home this nine month old Hyena that bit everything that moved too quickly . And if I thought Indy was a velcro dog, Harrison is a super glue dog (he also bites everything that moves too quickly, but I'm used to it at this point lol). Ask me again when he's two, and I'll let you know.
I have only Eve, but honestly I'll go as far as to say I'd keep Eve over any dog I've ever had. Not just because she's my current dog, but because of her absolute flawless adaptation to my extremely unpredictable life, several huge moves, a change from being a service dog and the center of my life to a pet and being separated from me often... she's been amazing through it all and I can't imagine a better dog to have for the rest of my life!
If you asked me this question 5 years ago I would have said Izze before you even finished the sentence. Now? She was a great snd and I miss her every day but she had a lot of things that made her high maintenance. I wouldn't say I would have them live forever .... maybe just as however long as i do lol.