Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Pooches: When I Thought Miss M was Ugly

When I first adopted Miss M I used to tell people she was a dog with a good personality.
Mostly because I never thought she was very cute.
Vintage Miss M looks like a Vampire!
Miss M was way too skinny with a huge lollypop head and pointy hips. She was missing hair and I thought her head looked like a muppet.
I tried really hard to find the perfect 'old lady name' that would suit her.
We spent a lot of time together in those first few months after I adopted her. Mostly walking.
Sometimes when we were walking, I would hear people yell out "What a beautiful dog!". 
I would always look around, wanting to check out this beautiful dog everyone was talking about, but all I would see was Miss M:
Maybe I didn't realize it at the time, but my gangly, underfed Miss M turned out to be a swan.
Or at least a dog with a big, fuzzy white hat.
 Were you drawn to your dog based on personality, or looks?

Also:
Though you wouldn't expect it, sometimes this happens.
But usually it's this. Or even this.
What I originally thought.

27 comments:

jeanassell said...

All dogs are cute, even the ugly ones.

domesticgoddesse said...

We have two boxers right now, one since he was a puppy and our other rescued last year. I was drawn to the breed's personality when I got our first dog, Cooper, and who can turn down an adorable puppy face! Lily, our other dog, is probably actually a boxer mix. In this case, we were looking to rescue a boxer and we fell in love with her not quite boxer floppy ears when we saw her photo online. Meeting her in person won us over - she is actually pretty calm for a boxer! Although, sometimes, I definitely catch her making a not-so-cute gremlin face :) Of course we love them both and therefore think they are so cute, even when people tell us they have faces only a mother could love (yes, people say that!).
And of course, I think Miss M is so cute with that pout and smile she flashes!

Lisa said...

Leroy ran to me with "I've been waiting FOREVER" for you in his goofy puppy grin. He was three months old. So, I suppose it was his personality.

Liz @ The Shrinking Owl said...

UGLY DOGS NEED THE MOST LOVE. :)

I named Bella as such BECAUSE of how she looked; her red brindle was just so pretty, she needed a name that matched it. :)

Kristen Mui said...

I fell in love with Layla when I stopped by to walk an adoption dog at our local doggy daycare. Her affectionate nature really got me-- and once we took her home for a trial/sleep over it was all over! Her silly antics, goofy faces, and snuggles had us hooked. We were actually looking for a "pocket pittie" type at the time for condo living, but we couldn't help but fall in love with her (all 65 pounds of her).

In any case we do think she's beautiful-- even though a lot of people mistake her for a boy-- she's a sturdy gal... or rather "diesel" as our daycare manager always says! (I got Layla a few girlier Sirius Republic collars after seeing them on your blog-- including Miss M's Tweet Tweet one. They are collar twinsies! I imagine Miss M would not be impressed...)

Kristen said...

When we adopted Brooklyn 4.5 years ago, the doggie social worker told us she'd never be much to look at (she came in with lots of sores and infections, so she has some scars and bald patches in addition to an entirely shaved underside and neck). Her super short fur eventually came back and people stop us on the street to say how pretty she is. I even had a guy pull over in his car and get out so he could pet her. Pitty love!

adventuresofadogmom said...

Aw... Miss M is a cutie pie!

I'll be honest I was attracted to Boomer's soft chocolatey puppy fur and blue eyes (that somehow managed to change over the years to hazel). And, I was attracted to Dottie's need to be close to me... not to mention she was a cute little ball for shiny black fur.

Rebelwerewolf said...

I'm with the first poster - all dogs are cute! My mom did call Badger ugly after seeing his Petfinder profile, though. I think having a dog with an underbite and big stare-y eyes like Badger is more fun, because you get to make silly faces to mock them. Also, I was out hiking with Badger on the 4th of July, and this one lady called her son over to "come look at this cool-looking dog"!

Debra@Peaceabull said...

Well, when we adopted Ray, he didn't really have a personality yet, so looks for him. Julius was all personality.

Luv My Rosie said...

I got Rosie as a puppy and when I went to pick her out, I thought she would be the nice, quiet dog. She kind of hid in the corner and was really shy. Boy, was I wrong!!!! Rosie is both beautiful inside and out. She is a gorgeous dog and has a wonderful personality. I get complimented on her everyday so she must be good looking! Don't worry Miss M, beauty is in the eye of the beholder and I think you are a beautiful girl!

OG said...

What a sweet post! I love it! Petey was scary looking when I got him! He had giardia and was really skinny! People would look at him and cross the street!
Plus he was practically feral and would lunge with joy at anyone who looked at him.
But he had, and still has, very sweet eyes.

Leah Douglas said...

I was definitely drawn to Colby because of her personality. Don't get me wrong, she's beautiful. But she spent the entire time we had her out in the pen at the shelter zooming around like it was the end of the world. She was also covered in dandruff (and still is). Here's my pretty girl http://i.imgur.com/XZfq7.jpg.

ohmelvin.com said...

I always say 'look how cute that dog is' and others will say 'huh?, that one?'. Take Jake for example, even though I noticed his eyes were 'different' I pretty much classified them as extraordinary! I cannot get enough of Miss M's expressions! She's perfection!

Heatherkay said...

Is her old lady name Mildred? Maxine? I know you've said what B's name is, but I don't think I know her name.

Limassol said...

Always the looks! I always choose the uglier ones! Those are the ones who have the smallest chances of beeing picked on adoption events or on city hall kannels :(

Two French Bulldogs said...

Oh Ms M did you hear what Pops was saying about you!
You are hilarious Ms M
Benny & Lily

Amanda said...

I think Miss M is beautiful. My Montana and her could be twins except Montana has a blue eye! Flip lip and all Miss M you are a beauty queen in my book! Mr. B is very handsome too!

Rachel @ My Two Pitties said...

I was drawn to Kaya for her looks. I was specifically looking for a golden brindle pittie because I had fallen in love with one that was already adopted on a rescue site. Of course she fit the bill! But I'm not gonna lie. At first I wished she was thicker and not so dainty, maybe will a big noggin like Miss M. I quickly realized though that Kaya is as solid as they come:) She may be lean but she is anything buy dainty!

maddeelou said...

It is funny how knowing a dog or a breed can totally change perceptions. I grew up with a long haired dachshund and a Samoyed. My first dogs as an adult were PBGVs and then we rescued a GBGV. I was pretty sure I would always have some type of fuzzy faced dog because I thought they were so cute. Baxter, my pit bull, is two years old and my heart dog. I will have to say that these days, nothing is more appealing to me than that big, blocky head and pibble smile. Miss M is beautiful and Mr. B simply adorable.

Trissi_V said...

I don't have ugly animals. My animals are all beautiful to me. I got told once by a kid that he thought Apollo was ugly, I about flipped out...but was able to keep my cool.

No one calls my boy ugly.

Mr. Pip said...

I have always loved Miiss M's pictures. Her face is just so expressive and adorable.

I was definitely attracted to Pip based on his personality. He's my first small dog. I didn't realize how cute he was until I really got to know him.

sweetemaline said...

Miss M ugly? No way, jose!

Emily @ Our Waldo Bungie
www.ourwaldobungie.com

Corbin said...

We think Miss. M is beautiful with a personality to boot! Corbin plopped himself in our laps and we fell in love with both his handsome looks, which have developed over the years, and his crazy Corbin personality.
-Corbin's momma, Jenn

Kolchak Puggle said...

I adopted and fell in love with Felix sight unseen. After months of wanting a dog, but not really doing anything about it, my bf called and said "Do you still want a dog" and I was like "YES!". An hour later, Felix jumped out of his kennel and into my heart. ANYTHING could have jumped out of that kennel and I would have been madly in love. I'm just lucky Fe happened to be totally adorable.

Hannah@Eriesistibull said...

When I met Tess, she barked her head off at me in her kennel at the shelter. Living in an apartment, I did NOT want a barker...so I passed. A few weeks later she was still there, so I thought I would at least take her out (I thought she was super cute), and give her some pets. We all know how that story ended...

Big Honey Dog (Honey the Great Dane) said...

Hi Miss M & Mr B,

I've been hearing lots about you from other blog friends and have been meaning to pop over to say hello for ages! :-)

I think you're BEAUTIFUL Miss M - and my human says your human takes gorgeous photos. We really liked your latest post too about doggies & babies - it's true - it is so sad because we HAVE seen many friends just "forget" about their pets once the baby arrives...but we also have seen other families that include the pets in a wonderful way. That was a lovely story you featured.

Well, the other reason I wanted to come and introduce myself is coz my human is just about to launch her 1st ebook - a canine mystery - which includes a Pit Bull as one of the key characters! It's a fast-paced mystery adventure featuring a Great Dane & her friends tackling deadly enemies, puzzling riddles & an Ancient Egyptian curse as they race to solve the mystery of missing puppies. It's meant for 9 - 12yrs+ and teens/adults who are dog lovers.

My human, Hsin-Yi, is very excited about it as she loves Pit Bulls and hates BSL and wanted to help promote a positive image for Pit Bulls but in a non-preachy way...so she hopes through her story, people will think twice about stereotypes.

Anyway, we wanted to tell you about the book as we thought you'd be interested in a story where a Pit Bull is the hero - and also, We've just received the cover designs for the book and we'd love your opinion on which one is better! I've got a poll on my blog so you can just vote, no need to comment - although if you have any thoughts or suggestions, we'd love to hear them! :-)

Thanks and hope to keep in touch!
Slobbers,
Honey the Great Dane

upsidedownjelly said...

I thought Rambo was funny looking when I first adopted him... He had a bit of an alien face thing going on. But once he got settled and unstressed, he turned into the kkeeeyyyutest dog of all time. But sometimes I see the flicker of the old alien face... And I'm fine with it!!

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