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My nanny dog is a Sheltie. What is yours?


According to NannyDog.info, the most popular Nanny Dog breeds are:

  • Collie
  • Saint Bernard
  • Newfoundlandland
  • Bloodhound
  • 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.

IMG_5971I 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?

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  1. June 17, 2014 at 6:43 AM

    Little know fact: Pit Bulls were once called nanny dogs.

  2. June 17, 2014 at 8:40 AM

    Interesting that the shelties take up nursing duties before the Labrador. I’m glad you have a good nanny while you’re in pain. And it’s good she’s staying close enough so you can get a dose of oxycontin when you need it. 🙂

  3. June 17, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    Roxy and Torrey both know if we are sick, or hurt. It’s amazing to see them be so worried. Maybe they think they won’t get to eat or go outside. LOL

  4. June 17, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    Hope you feel better soon! Dogs are the best nannies. Sorry to hear that you are having problems with your bones.

  5. June 17, 2014 at 11:21 AM

    My Kuvasz sis Katie would be our nanny dog. Feel better soon!

  6. paigeandspaniels
    June 17, 2014 at 11:41 AM

    Growing up my nanny was a Smooth Collie/German Shepherd mix. She’d follow my sibling and I where ever we went. If we went to close to the road she’d come grab our shirt or pants and pull us back. If a stranger came down the sidewalk she’d get between us and them.

    Smartest dog we’ve ever owned too. Her only vice was hot dogs. She’d steal them off the grill if given a chance.

    • June 17, 2014 at 12:53 PM

      Cuute…. Yes the herding dogs can be great for kids.

  7. June 17, 2014 at 1:06 PM

    Mel, first, ice and ibuprofen! And if you feel weakness in your hands, surgery for you! Sorry, but recovery is better for neck discs than back discs……. (Who’s the nanny now? Well I have lots of experience, lol!)

    I am laid up for three months with a broken leg and torn ligaments. Life has changed here! Certainly if I groan or ever fell, Stoli (Eskie) is right on me – that’s how I have caught her when she’s escaped me. But now she has a new job: escort to the bathroom! Oh boy, off we go, smiling and wagging! I hop along with my walker, usually Bob spotting me , then my kitty thinks it’s all about him so he has to join us. Stoli is in back, then side, then front, smiling and wagging. Once she pushed the kitty out of the way. Once the kitty came in and “scratched” the door till it nearly shut, as always, and she pushed it back open. When we get back to the couch, she jumps up. Yay, mission accomplished, good girl!! Although, she has left her post when she thinks I have some cheese under my pillow, to get us through these storms!

  8. June 17, 2014 at 3:33 PM

    Earlier this year my grandparents came down with the Norovirus because of some food they were served at a local Mexican restaurant. My Poppa, being extremely anemic, landed his buns in the hospital for several days, and I was the only family member free to stay with my Nana for several days. My dog (a Lab/Viszla cross) and my foster at the time (an Australian Cattle Dog) accompanied me to her house to nurse Nana back to health. Unfortunately, I caught the damn thing too, and ended up incapacitated for days. My dog watched over Nana, never leaving her side, and my foster dog slept on top of my feet. They are great dogs, and isn’t it funny how their “Nannying” really does seem to make the recovery come more quickly than you expect!! Thanks for sharing, and all three of us hope you feel better soon!!

  9. DebsSweet
    June 17, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    Oh Mel – I hope you get better real soon!

  10. June 18, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    Max (St. Bernard/Lab X) is my Nanny Dog. He is big, gentle, low-energy and very, very patient with puppies and kids. My last dog was Buster Brown (St. Bernard) and he was a Nanny Dog, too.

  11. July 9, 2014 at 6:33 PM

    Cupcake is so sweet. I hope you feel better soon, Mel. Not Fun! My dogs haven’t been nanny’s, but Siberian Huskies were bred to babysit the children as well as for hauling via sled. Huskies love kids!
    Cathy Armato
    http://www.dogsluvusandweluvthem.blogspot.com

    • Mel
      July 10, 2014 at 6:20 AM

      Thanks Cathy. The rash is gone, but I am dealing with residual pain and numbness now. I am hoping it goes away soon, because it has made typing up blog posts very difficult. 😦

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