My other dog is Dusty and she's a mixed breed that probably has some husky or elkhound in there somewhere. She's bigger than Idgie but just as sweet. We've had her for years, but she still acts just like a puppy. She runs and jumps and gets all excited when anyone comes home. This one has a full bark and isn't afraid to use it when strangers drive up to the house. She also helps me get the goats back in the pasture should they venture into the backyard, which they do from time to time. She never hurts them, but they take off like rockets when she comes running. I usually give her a short haircut in the summer and boy is that a pain. She has three different types of fur and my clippers take a beating when I have to trim her.
Idgie and Dusty are great family dogs....and I have found myself spending more time with them lately. Like I said, dogs are interesting creatures. They love you even if you sometimes take them for granted. I'm going to try and not do that as much from now on.