Dogs in the City: Meet Craig and Boss of SF
Dog dad’s name: Craig
Dog name: Boss
Neighborhood: The Presidio, San Francisco
Tell us about yourself. We’re originally from Minnesota. Boss grew up for a year and a half there, and then we moved to Washington, D.C., for two years. It was way too hot for Boss there, so I moved cross-country with him here to SF. He’s really good in the car. We traveled 3,800 miles in a moving truck with him in between the seats! He stretched once, and his paw hit the gas pedal. We’ve been in SF two years, and the weather is perfect for him.
Why did you choose a Great Dane? Two reasons. First, I grew up with wiener dogs and wanted the opposite. I no longer wanted to worry about stepping on a little dog; I wanted one that would step on me! I wanted to have a dog that would be in charge — like the boss! Also, he’s an awesome city dog because he sits on the sofa all day. I put a webcam on him when I leave for work, and he doesn’t leave my bed for nine hours. He just sleeps the whole day.
Do Great Danes make good city dogs? They make wonderful city dogs! He needs a lot of social exercise and affection, but doesn’t need as much exercise as you would think. In fact, you’re not supposed to over-exercise Great Danes for the first few years, because their bones grow so quickly and they can develop joint problems. He’s actually only 130 pounds — which is light for his breed.
Any difficulties living in the city with a dog? Not this city. There are plenty of dog beaches and places for us to go together. This beachy area near us is dog heaven. Sand dunes, water, bushes! We try to get there every weekend.
Describe your perfect day with your dog. We’d sleep in until 11 a.m., then go out on a hike in the redwoods. Get out into nature, you know. When we’re hiking, he just lights up, and then when we get back, he’s done for the rest of the day. So we’d just chill out!
What’s the best part about being a pet parent? The bond. The bond is different from the bond you had with family dogs, growing up. We have our own language that we talk to each other in. He understands my body language, and I understand his. That’s pretty special. This is the true meaning of “man’s best friend”: when two creatures that can’t communicate with words develop an understanding of the other’s life. We know how to communicate with our actions and affection.
Photo by: Margo Moritz
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