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What do you find most beautiful in a dog?


One of the things I love about our dog park is watching all the hunting dogs running through the woods, soaking up their bliss. Doing what they were meant to do. To me, it is a thing of beauty.

Our dog friend, Clover, an Irish Setter, is a perfect example of this. There is nothing she loves more than running through the woods, hunting for birds, squirrels and chipmunks. Quite often during her hunt, she will stop and raise her nose to the wind and search out some unique scent that only she knows, and then she’s off again. Hunting. Searching. But perhaps she is at her most beautiful when she goes into a perfect point. There is just something so powerful about that one point in time. It’s when she’s doing what comes natural to her. What she was meant to do.

When I first adopted Daisy, the only thing that seemed to come natural to her was carrying things in her mouth. The bigger the stuffed toy, the better. When it came to hunting or swimming, Daisy was at a loss. She hadn’t a clue what to do. Chase a squirrel or rabbit? Why? Swim in water? Deeper than her tippy toes? Not a chance.

Maybe that’s why I so enjoy watching her now.

It’s been a long progression of building trust and confidence, but Daisy seems to have really come into her this last year. She has found her inner Labrador Retriever.

Hanging around with her hunting friends has taught Daisy the thrill of the hunt. When Clover, or one of her other friends, let’s out that cry that says “I’m on the hunt of something here!” Daisy’s ears perk up, her tail goes straight out and she runs to join the chase. When she has a chance to run through the woods on her own, she has a smile on her face. You can see the thrill she gets when she jumps over a fallen log or scoots under a large tree branch lying just above the ground. She’s in her element and she knows it.

Dasiy in the water

Now when Daisy sees a body of water, she doesn’t hesitate, but plows right in. She loves sticking her whole snout into the water and swimming around back and forth. She is soaking in her bliss. Doing what she was meant to do.

Maybe that’s why I so appreciate the beauty of a dog doing what they were meant to do. Knowing that it didn’t come naturally to Daisy, at least not at first, makes me appreciate those moments all the more. It’s what I find most beautiful in any dog. Those moments when they are totally in their element. When the thing their DNA was hardwired to do is able to be enacted upon.

What do you find most beautiful in a dog?

  1. April 9, 2012 at 1:31 AM

    I’m thinking hard, but I’m really not sure I can generalise. I know what I find most beautiful in Georgia and that’s her ability to communicate and make her feelings known, without uttering a word.

    BTW, what is Daisy eating in the vid?

    • Mel
      April 9, 2012 at 6:45 AM

      That is beautiful Miss Little Pea. I love it that she can do that. You two have a connection I think. 🙂

      Daisy is eating grass. It’s grass-eating season here. All the grass is fresh, new and tender right now since it’s just coming up and all the dogs are eating it. A friend of mine calls it eating “salad”.

  2. April 9, 2012 at 5:47 AM

    What do I find most beautiful in a dog? That they live totally in the present moment with infinite acceptance of all things.

    • Mel
      April 9, 2012 at 6:48 AM

      Love that!

  3. Jan
    April 9, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    Misty the alpha Poodle has all the hunting instincts of her long ago ancestors and she becomes the beautiful huntress when we go out adventuring. My other Poodle has none of those instincts and never will.

    • Mel
      April 9, 2012 at 10:51 PM

      How fun Jan! I always forget what Poodles were bred for. I bet that has got to be a trip to Misty at work.

  4. April 9, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    I love the expressions of dogs being utterly happy. For some dogs happiness is running through the woods, for other dogs it may be playing in water, playing with other dogs, or herding sheep… Being with a happy dog just gives me SO much energy!

    • Mel
      April 9, 2012 at 10:50 PM

      Reading your comment made me realize I forgot to include a picture of Daisy smiling as she was running through the woods. I love that utterly happy look too. I feed off that energy too!

  5. Elizabeth
    April 9, 2012 at 12:04 PM

    Hmm, well as they’re both playing “I like your (identical to mine) chewy better than mine” right now, I can tell you that I most definitely DO NOT find that beautiful. 😉 But you didn’t ask that, did you?

    So in that case, I think with my current herders, I’m inclined to agree with you. Although Dewi has a much stronger instinct, and I LOVE to see him show it, JF is faster and SO agile when in full-on sprint. So, even with their low and long shape, the corgis are beautiful drovers. 🙂

    Love seeing Daisy in the water!

    • Mel
      April 9, 2012 at 10:49 PM

      LOL Elizabeth! Thanks for the chuckle. I can so appreciate that game. Jasper and Lady play it ALL of the time.

      You’re right. Corgis’ are beautiful drovers. When I took Jasper to try sheep herding I got to see one at work. Was so cool to watch.

  6. April 9, 2012 at 2:02 PM

    I do adore seeing Junebug run through the trees, her nose to the ground, smelling something only Beagles know what. It’s harder to enjoy when she chooses to go under the blackberries (since I can’t see her) and her Beagle nature means that whatever scent she’s on is infinitely more interesting than me, or my treats.
    What is not joyous, though, is the sound she makes when she finds something. The first time we heard it, we thought she’d gotten hurt.

    • Mel
      April 9, 2012 at 10:52 PM

      That Beagle bay is something I absolutely love to hear. There’s just something about it that makes me smile. See? It is seeing them do what they were meant to do that gets me every time! Junebug must be adorable.

  7. April 9, 2012 at 10:11 PM

    I completely agree with you Mel. It is one of the things I love about dog sledding with our dogs. Some of my dogs are absolute naturals and run so fluid and graceful without a thought about it. I find myself awestruck every time. Brut’s side of the family comes from a running line and it is just so beautiful to watch them go and be a part of it. It still takes my breathe away!

    • Mel
      April 9, 2012 at 10:44 PM

      Oh wow. Sigh. That would be beautiful to see. You are so lucky you get to experience it with them. I can so totally get how cool it must feel to see it in person.

  8. April 11, 2012 at 7:01 PM

    While it’s not always enjoyable for me, I do enjoy Dexter’s “lust for life”. Watching him run free with wild abandon is nice to see.

    • Mel
      April 12, 2012 at 7:06 AM

      I totally get that Karen. I love that zest for life in young dogs. So much fun to watch.

  9. wantmorepuppies
    April 13, 2012 at 3:06 PM

    There’s something about a snoozing pup (I’m talking conked out, full-on snoring) that is extremely beautiful to me. Maybe it’s the sense that they are truly comfortable and feel safe enough to completely let their guards down that gets me.

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