What kind of dogs would Rick Steves and Anna Faris be?

By Maria Montalvo | Nov 11, 2016

In recent weeks, several readers have asked me to write more about Lulu, our dog who makes all who see her smile.

Her infectious joy for life is demonstrated by her prancing stride, her direct eye contact with humans and her irresistible stinkbug pose when she sees someone she knows (rear in the air, head on the person’s feet).

During our morning walk and fetch session today, Lulu was batting a ball around with her feet prior to giving it up for the throw, as she always does. We call her Messi, as in Lionel, the football (aka soccer) phenom from Argentina, but this morning, I wondered what women’s soccer player I would liken her to?

It’s Brandi Chastain, the happy-go-lucky player who famously shot the winning penalty kick in the 1999 World Cup and pulled off her shirt in ecstatic celebration. Lulu often loses herself in moments of bliss to go a little “loco Lulu” and let loose a few barks of glee.

Less like Lulu, Messi has similarities to a different breed of dog – the Boxer. He is short in stature but quick as a bunny, smart, great tactician, faithful, but also headstrong and only responsive to positive reinforcement.

Who else among us in Edmonds are reminiscent of some of our favorite four-legged friends? Mayor Earling – perhaps a Standard Poodle? Smart, problem-solver, independent, tall and lean, family oriented, although I don’t know if he enjoys swimming as much as Poodles do.

My husband, State Rep. Strom Peterson – he loves any kind of dog and would not be offended by comparison. However, I think he might be an offshoot of a canine breed, though: the wolf.

He is dependable, sociable in his pack, mates for life, very protective of his territory and wise not to start a fight unless one is necessary.

Mary Kay from the Edmonds Bookshop? The harrier. A dog that is known as persistent, clever, kind-hearted, and somehow simultaneously mellow and alert.

Rick Steves? He is a rare breed, like a Norwegian lundehund, who exhibits traits outside the vast majority of other dogs and chooses to hunt in areas inaccessible to most.

Anna Faris? I have never met our famous hometown actress, but from her film and charitable choices, maybe a keeshond – a playful breed, quick to learn what is and is not intended to be taught, and conscientious enough to be a great service dog. (If you have not seen Keanu, you really should.)

There are a few other dog-human comparisons at the forefront of my mind this election year, but I will keep those to myself in the hope that America demonstrates our best qualities on Wednesday morning.

It is often said that dogs resemble their owners or vice-versa. Lulu and I both show equal levels of frustration by what we perceive as nonsensical situations, although our definitions might be different (not being able to chase a ball through the office versus having to participate in an all-day, team-building meeting).

Lulu is a mutt (border collie, lab, and who knows what else). I think we share many qualities: loyal, in constant need for mental stimulation, a love of running, a little neurotic, and getting ourselves in trouble.

Maybe if the country is going to the dogs, that would be OK.

We are often like them.


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