John and I have a bit of an obsession with Swiss Mountain Dogs. Such an obsession that we stalk the Golden Gate Greater Swiss Mountain Dog Club. Hence the picture of said club above.
We joined them at our favorite place, Point Isabel, for their Walk and Talk.
There were about ten Swissies at the event - more Swissies than I've ever seen in one place. I was in heaven!
Swissies are big 100 pound dogs, but they are gentle giants that I can't help but be enamored by.
Look at those sweet faces.
I remember the first time I saw a Swissy. John and I were in Virginia Beach for Thanksgiving. My whole family was at Seashore State Park to take a family photo. After piling out of the car I spotted a big lovable dog with the colors of a Milky Way Dark bar. What could be better? I bounded over to say "hi" to the pooch and her floppy ears and big smile melted my heart.
From then on I've been a Swiss Mountain Dog fanatic, raving for days when I've managed to spot one. Only serious dog people (which thankfully includes John) could understand my obsession.
The Walk and Talk was great because we got to hear first-hand accounts of the breed. For instance, they aren't usually fond of water, but one will occasionally take a short dip for fun.
Maddie fancied herself one of the gang during the walk. When we had her off leash she was inclined to lead the pack but found herself a big perturbed that the humans and big dogs couldn't keep up with her fast trot.
All of the dog owners were in love with the breed and were extremely helpful telling us all about their dogs. We're crossing our fingers we might even be able to dog sit for a Swissy at some point.
As much as I love Swissies, no dog can compare to my dear Maddie. She turned 13 last week, which is definitely senior citizen status in dog years. I find her even cuter now that she snores and has a grayed muzzle. Wouldn't it be nice to age so gracefully?