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  • I am a dog lover. I don’t care if they’re small, large, skinny, fat, quiet, loud, black, brown, grey, or white. I love them.
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  • I am a dog lover. I don’t care if they’re small, large, skinny, fat, quiet, loud, black, brown, grey, or white. I love them.
    Dogs are great companions. And if not the best, they’re pretty close. They have this sixth sense about some things.
    They know when you’re sick, depressed, happy, sad…. They just know.
    From my own personal experience, they never stop loving you, and always try to protect you.
    About a year ago I adopted a 5-month-old Australian Shepherd/Pug mix from a lady in Tecumseh, Oklahoma.
    He didn’t have a name when I made him part of the family, but it didn’t take long for me to choose one for him.
    I named him Stark. Yes, as in, Tony Stark.
    I’m a huge Iron Man fanatic. I have Iron Man shirts, posters, action figures, and even an Iron Man belt.
    So yes, my dog is Iron Man, sort of.
    It did not take long for me to realize it was the perfect name.
    I’ll explain. First of all, Stark is very hyper. Secondly, he’s always doing things he shouldn’t be doing. Third, he is becoming extremely smart. And last but not least, he needs all the attention.
    For those who have seen the Iron Man movies, you know I have just explained every single trait Tony Stark does have.
    The only thing missing from this picture is an Iron Dog suit and crime fighting.
    It also did not take me long to develop a relationship with him. He knows I’m his owner/mom, and he knows when he has done something wrong, he will be disciplined. Usually, being sent to timeout, or also known as the penalty box.
    He is broken in some of the doggy activity areas though. He doesn’t fetch, nor does he like to go for walks. He prefers to run wild, no leash attached.
    I honestly don’t know if I could live without the companionship of a dog, and I know I am not alone on this.
    Stark is my best friend, and I can’t wait for the many years of memories I will make with him.

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