They may be a bit giant,
and they’re definitely extra furry.
Their slobber might even coat your walls.
They’ll probably need their own chair or two,
and their chins might rest on the table.
Their “shake” might tumble a toddler,
and a lean could knock you off your feet.
Their bark might intimidate crowds,
and a playful bow could as well.
They’re not the best at tricks
or following your every command.
Their size might cause a reaction
from dogs much smaller or unsure.
But don’t forget the reality remains
My dogs are still dogs.
While most of us are familiar with breed discrimination, we don’t always consider size discrimination. Many people are fairly accepting (and even in love) with Mauja and Atka’s size, but some people are not as receptive. While I truly believe it’s rarely meant to be hurtful, the insinuation that my dogs don’t belong somewhere (that they are allowed) because of their size is always upsetting.
Dr. Seuss once said –
A person’s a person, no matter how small.
Well, I believe –