While I strive to keep things little in my life, there’s one big exception: dogs. We have two very large greyhounds—over 70 pounds, each. Big dogs are often overlooked as pets. Big dogs have strikes against them from the beginning because they're more expensive to take care of: food is charged by quantity, so are medications and flea treatments. I wish the pet industry would even out the cost of caring for big dogs by charging a bit more for little dog food and meds and reduce the price of bigger packages of kibble. Dogs can't help their size, afterall, but every dog deserves proper care and nutrition. Big dogs are just a gentle and sweet as little dogs—dare I say more so because they don’t overcompensate for a lack of mass by yapping, shaking and biting your shoelaces. Big dogs have more to love—there is nothing like giving them a bear hug or letting their sleek, soft heads rest on your lap. I admire people who dedicate time to taking in and fostering big dogs in need of safe, loving homes. Some of my local favorites are:
If you are seriously considering a dog, don’t overlook the possibility of adopting a larger animal. That big tail is wagging for you.