Posted: 08/08/2014 at 19:20
David - I know exactly what you mean - as you know I grew up on a farm and lived most of my life in rural surroundings. I love dogs. We always had working dogs, labs, retrievers, hounds and terrier crosses. Dogs that knew they were dogs, spent most of their lives outside with us and had their beds in the back kitchen. If the weather was very bad or they were getting old then their beds would be moved in front of the Aga at bedtime
When my Aged Ps retired they still had dogs, but they had small yappy smelly dogs - I'm sure they could have been nice dogs but they were mollycoddled, overfed and allowed onto the sofa and to sleep on the landing but they would push the bedroom door open and go in.
These dogs understood every word that was said to them - apparently They were frequently taken to 'Gay Dogs' (I kid you not ) for a shampoo and set or whatever these little dogs have to have done to them., but always the carpets were covered with dog hair 5 minutes after vacuuming and there was that faint but insistent eau de canine permeating every room.
The farm dogs may have jumped in a pond or the river, but they never ever had a bath and never smelled like that