My nanny dog is a Sheltie. What is yours?
According to NannyDog.info, the most popular Nanny Dog breeds are:
- Saint Bernard
- Old English Sheepdog
- Golden Retriever
- Bernese Mountain Dog
I think I and my fellow Sheltie lovers would argue that the Shetland Sheepdog should also be on that list. Granted, they don’t quite fit all three of the characteristics the site claims distinguishes a nanny dog: 1) large, powerful breeds with low to medium energy levels, 2) Affectionate and gentle nature, and 3) intelligent and attentive. They are not large breeds with a low to medium energy level, but Shelties are quite affectionate and attentive.
I have been pretty immobile the past few days due to an issue with the discs in my neck. It’s a painful and debilitating injury and I haven’t been much of a trooper in dealing with the pain or inconvenience.
Fortunately for me, my nanny dog has been keeping a close eye on me. Cupcake has been staying close by my side and has taken it as her duty to check up on me. She constantly looks at me with a question in her eyes, “Are you okay?” It’s been very sweet to see how seriously she has taken this duty. These past few days she has been sleeping by my bed (instead of at the end of it) and she has been following me around to make sure I am okay. She won’t let me out of her sight.
When I was sick with the flu last year, it was Jasper who would not leave my side and who slept with me (the whole time). This is not something he does normally, so I know he was keeping an eye on me too.
Dogs have a way of comforting you when you most need it. They step up their game and become nanny dogs and then revert back to fun, happy and crazy dogs when you are feeling better. I love that about them.
Has your dog every nannied you or your family members? What did he/she do?