Getting in touch with his feminine side!
“I am sure you get asked this all the time…”
a lady approached me at the beautiful Trebah gardens in Cornwall last week. Expecting the customary – since we got a Samoyed puppy at the beginning of the summer holidays – questions about the breed, I complacently replied:
“He’s a Samoyed.”
Best to get that one in quick before she had the chance to question where others had gone before:
Is it a pomeranian? [Rendered speechless at this one: does he look like a toy dog? Is he peeking out the top of my handbag?!]
Is it an albino husky? [Did you seriously just ask me that?]
Having pre-empted the breed question, I prepared myself for the next onslaught of:
“How big will he get?”
“Bet it’s a nightmare keeping him white!”
“Does he take a lot of brushing?”
“Does he shed everywhere?”
But she floored me with:
“Why is he pink?”
What a refreshing question and as it happens she was the first person to ask why this cute, male puppy was now a paler shade of pink! I had wickedly-wondered (after a painting accident where he started off aubergine-coloured and then after a thorough bath by Tina, a beautiful baby pink) whether I should fabricate a much more entertaining version about his pastel-coloured dream coat, such as:
“It’s a girl puppy; they start off pale pink and gradually fade to white.”
Would people be sucked in? Would they all be hitting google trying in vain to find one of these rare mystical breeds of dog?
Two months after getting him and the questions are still asked daily. I have flippantly considered producing a FAQ’s flier to keep in my pocket. It would save me sounding like a broken record several times a day:
“He’ll be slightly smaller and much lighter than a Labrador.”
“He stays white by himself: he seems to have some magical dirt-repellant coat.” (Fortunately 😁😳 most of it falls off onto my kitchen floor…!)
“Not too much brushing…” (yet!)
“And no, at the moment he sheds less than my brother’s Labrador; although he will shed excessively every spring.” [That’s when I may resemble a Samoyed myself…We could enter one of those dogs-and-their-owners-lookalike competitions!]
But back to his comedy-dog colour. Will he need to stay in touch with his feminine side for a few months whilst we wait for the fur to grow and shed? Will he slink along the paths to avoid being mocked by other male puppies for his girly appearance? Will he forthwith be known as Flossie or pinky? No, no and no! You see thanks to his weather-repellant coat, the pink has now virtually disappeared. Looking at him you are not sure if it’s a very, very pale pink or just a trick of the light! Once more a masculine powderpuff of white…no more candyfloss shades in sight!