Different breed dogs have different personalities. But what about dogs of the same? Just like 2 humans, 2 dogs of the same breed are different as well. In my case, Casper and Junior are poles apart. Not just in personality, but even physically.
Dogs have different personalities, and this, any dog parent will tell you. But the people who do not have dogs, always tell a common thing – they are dogs, all they do is eat, poop, sleep and bite. Besides this, the most bizarre statement I have heard is – OMG! Your dog scratched/bit you, did you take an injection? According to general public, all dogs have rabies too; as if it’s a disease every dog is inevitably just born with!
Back to the point, Casper and Junior are Labrador Retrievers. They are a Father and Son duo, Casper the Father and Junior the son, same blood line, same upbringing, but still different personalities. Let me throw some light on how different they are from one another.
Let me start with the physical trait. Casper was the ideal Labrador, broad muzzle, ideal body, semi furry, and a very handsome boy. On the other hand, Junior is significantly taller than a normal Lab, who looks more like a Great Dane from behind, and, has a narrow face. The body weight that I maintained for Casper was always 35-36kgs. Whereas for Junior, I have to maintain a body weight between 38-40kgs because of his long legs or else he looks skinny. At first sight, everyone was in awe with Casper because of his stunning looks. But for Junior, people stay 10 feet away as they get scared of this gentle giant.
Isn’t it amazing, how the same breed and the same colour can also look so different! In addition, their personalities are also as different as they could be. Allow me to exhibit their contrasting personas.
Ever since Casper was a puppy, he was a very calm and gentle dog. He wouldn’t howl in the night and sleep independently on his very own bed. On the other hand, Junior was a hyper puppy, would never stay at one place, always looking for his next mischief and never slept alone. If I tucked him in his bed, he would immediately hop out and sleep with Casper or with me on my bed. They both chewed and damaged wires, remotes, pillows, walls, etc. when they were puppies. But compared to Junior, Casper was just 10% of a damager.
Casper was a fast learner and extremely smart. Training Casper was like a piece of cake. He knew so many commands and tricks that it amazed people. Whereas for Junior, being the naughty pup that he has always been, he would get distracted and bored early during his training sessions, leaving the commands half way. Junior is intelligent, but self-willed. Only if he is in the mood, then he will do something. But Casper followed every instruction well.
A very small feature, but makes a big difference in my life, and this is, Casper was a very neat water drinker and slow eater. Not even a drop of water would spill from the bowl. And he actually chewed his kibble well. However, Junior is a sloppy drinker, spills half of his water, making me slip many a times and swallows his food as if he is never going to be fed again, ufff!
Walks with Casper were always pleasant. He never pulled or barked or got into a fight with other dogs or jumped on people. And Junior, what can I say! I get tired when I walk him. Inspite of training him, he still pulls, is very inquisitive and curious, wants to sniff every stray dog’s butthole, wants to play with each and every human and dogs on the way and jump on anyone who comes close to him. One bad quality Casper had was, he would eat scraps from the road and I had to keep a close eye on him always. But Junior has never eaten anything from the road, which is the only quality I am relaxed about…lol!
Casper was extremely protective and possessive about me. Not just protective, he even understood when I was sad and would come and cuddle with me. I always told my parents that Casper was a human in a dog’s body. If any guest would hug and greet me, Casper would immediately get alert just incase if things went south. He hated others dogs or people around me. He didn’t even like my ex-husband being close to me. Though for Junior, he is still a puppy mentally. I make fun that even if a dangerous person would come home, Junior will start playing with him.
There are so many other small singularities like Casper was extremely scared of loud noises like crackers and thundering. He would literally tremble. On the other hand, Junior will sleep through it, infact even snore loudly. Casper was very choosey as to whom he wanted to be friends with. He didn’t allow many into his space. But Junior wants everyone to be his friends. He wants to play with all. Casper loved pillows and tennis balls. He was an independent dog and entertained his own self. Junior only loves humans and always wants someone to play with.
Oh God, as I am typing, I realized there are so many differences between Casper and Junior, that if I list them all, then I will require 10 pages. But two things are common between both my babies. They are, unconditional love and undoubted loyalty. Casper was my protective angel, and Junior is my anti-depressant. The huge positive and wonderful change my dogs bought into my life is the biggest gift of my life. I am sure, many pet parents can relate to this and are aware, that no dog is the same and they cannot be replaced. Junior wasn’t a replacement of Casper (as many told me after Casper died) and no other dog will be a replacement to Junior. Everything I know, I learnt from my dogs.