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My Ode to Sancho: 'The World's Most Adorable Dog'

  • Oct 23, 2009
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There are a few things in life that can turn your world upside down: children, marriage, college, not necessarily in that order, but I'm not one to judge. About four years ago, my life changed with the addition of my dog, Sancho. As an apartment dweller at the time, it was absolutely necessary that I select the perfect breed, one who was able to live comfortably in small spaces, i.e. quiet, relatively clean, and well-behaved. On the other hand, I wanted a dog who would keep up with my active lifestyle. I like to hike, bike and spend a lot of time at the beach, so my pup needed to be able to keep up the pace.

I researched several different small breeds, and ultimately decided that it was either the French Bulldog or the Boston Terrier that were the best suited for me. Boston's as opposed to "Frenchies" had a better track record in terms of physical health. The French Bulldogs, because of their short muzzles tend to have breathing problems as well as heart-related issues. Boston's also are known to have breathing issues in addition to eye & skin problems but in the grand scheme of things, these were risks I was willing to take.

Here are the upsides: Boston Terriers have short hair, which means they are easy to keep clean and less shedding on the furniture. Bonus! Bostons are an active breed, so they loves their walks, runs, hikes and can easily keep up with you. They are a super curious breed, which means that they are generally great with other dogs (which means dog parks are great places to wear your dog out - another Bonus!), and get along well with children. Overall, they are easy to train and require little maintenance besides the general visits to the vet.

I say I rescued Sancho from a family of four children, two other dogs, and various other animals, but really it was he that rescued me. I saw his cute little mug at eight weeks old posted up on the cork board of a Starbucks on a sign that read "Eight Week-Old Boston Terrier for Sale (my husband won't let me keep him)" and it was then and there in that coffee shop that my life as I knew it was changed. Having a dog, they say, is much like having a child. You can't go away for the weekend, and leave some food and water in a bowl like you do for a cat. With dogs, especially puppies, they need constant attention, exercise and loving care.

Like children, the first two years are as close to torture as I can imagine. There is not one piece of furniture I still own from the apartment I had when Sancho was a puppy. Although, a good dog overall, puppies are, well, puppies. They need training and supervision and if you are not willing to dedicate yourself to this, then you should probably not have a dog of your own. With a little training Sancho picked up the standard tricks: sit, shake, speak. I would say he learned sit within three months of having him. More recently, he has mastered "dance," "lay down," and "crawl" (yes, my dog is a genius).

Not a day goes by that I don't think of how lucky I am to have come across his picture in that Starbucks in a city I rarely go to. Sancho gives Boston Terriers everywhere a good name, and is the most well behaved dog I have ever come across. I meet other Boston Terrier owners out and about and it is not uncommon for them to say that they have owned a number of full-breed and mixed-breed dogs and their Boston brings a little something extra to the table. I, myself, am a "lifer" and swear by the breed. When I have the time and ability to dedicate myself to multiple dogs, I would like to rescue, however my household will always include a Boston Terrier.

You can follow Sancho on his Twitter page @LA_Sancho.

Sancho, 'World's Most Adorable Dog' Sancho at the Beach Malibu Sancho

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March 17, 2012
You captured some very pensive moments with the above pictures.
March 28, 2010
I love it! Fantastic review and truly so universal to anyone who owns a dog. Having a dog does seem so similar to have a child (you are constantly aware of what they are doing, getting into and the attention they need). Definitely makes you unselfish and also gives you a loyal and constant companion. Great story!
March 29, 2010
I totally agree that having to take care of something other than yourself certainly does change your perspective about life in general. I love this dog so much it scares me sometimes. ;) Thanks for nice comment, Bethany!
February 21, 2010
My Boston, Fenway, is the best thing that ever happened to our family. In fact, my dad calls him "son". I'm moving back to my house after being in college for four years and the thing I'm most excited about is being with Fenny! They really are such great dogs, their concept of companionship is unparalleled in other little dogs. They are not yippy and you don't have to make sure that if you let them outside that they won't be mauling your neighbor's 3-year-old 5 minutes later. Great review! Here's my Boston: http://i147.photobucket.com/albums/r299/merblog/IMG_0656.jpg
February 22, 2010
Oh my goodness! Too cute and what a great name for a Boston! ;) My mom treats Sancho like her grandchild, it's both scary and ridiculously cute.
February 15, 2010
Nice review.
February 16, 2010
Thanks Doug! Is that a little Frenchie you have there? I almost got a bulldog, but Sancho and I were destined to be together. ;)
February 20, 2010
Yes, it is a Frenchie. A sickly one unfortunatly.
January 10, 2010
Once a dog lover, always a dog lover. And that is exactly as it should be. Nice story!
February 16, 2010
Thanks Paul! Your pup is a cutie too.
October 23, 2009
So jealous. I LOVE HIM.
October 23, 2009
Definately a beautiful animal!
October 23, 2009
January 10, 2010
October 23, 2009
Awwwww, Sancho! He's so cute! Thanks for the adorable pictures and the heartwarming review :)
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Hi, my name is Aunny D. I was born and raised in the city that Mixmaster Mike made famous in the song 'So Wat'cha Want.' I have an obsession with my Boston Terrier, Sancho. "Sancho" … more
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The Boston Terrier is a breed of dog originating in the United States of America. This "American Gentleman" was accepted in 1893 by the American Kennel Club as a non-sporting breed. Color and markings are important when distinguishing this breed to the AKC standard. They should be either black, brindle or seal with white markings. Bostons are small and compact with a short tail and erect ears. They are intelligent and friendly and can be stubborn at times. The average life span of a Boston is 13 years.
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