Oh, how can I ever explain my complete adoration of the Murphy dog? He’s a cute, ugly puppy who snores a lot, farts a lot, and slobbers like a son-of-a-bitch. He lacks most of the common doggie social skills, has a bit of a superiority complex when around bigger dogs, and often acts like a total spaz. And most of the time, he’ll only listen to my commands to sit, stay, or get down if he feels like it. He licks his wiener on the couch and likes to hump my friend, Rick (it’s weird, Rick is the only person he tries to hump). Overall, one might describe him as kind of an asshole. But, god-dammit, I love him to bits.
My friends and I have a term for this type of personality: the cool asshole. It was born out of a conversation discussing a drunk friend’s antics one evening. Someone said, “Yeah, he’s a real asshole, but he’s cool.” So, I guess Murphy would be that type: a cool asshole.
I believe my love for the Murphy dog stems from my own personality as a non-conformist. I grew up in the punk-rock culture and always had to find my own way and do my own thing and didn’t give a shit what anyone thought. I’m comfortable enough in my own skin to behave as I please. To be honest, I also have a tiny, little bit of a superiority complex and have been known to act like a total spaz on occasion. And, yes, I’ve also been called an asshole.
However, there are some excellent qualities that endear me to Murph Doggie Dogg as well He is the most aggressively affectionate dog I have ever known. When I walk through the door, he’ll come barreling at me full-speed to leap on me for kisses His tenacious personality knows no boundaries when it comes to slobbery shows of affection. He’ll wrestle with me for an hour, just trying for one good lick to the face. When he wants kisses, he will get his kisses!
Murphy and I both value comfort above all else. Neither one of us is the athletic type We would rather lounge on the couch and read. So much of our shopping involves snuggly things: pillows, blankets, beds, etc.
As an ex-hairstylist, I am also a bit of a hair product snob and have passed that trait onto my dog. Good quality, yummy-smelling bubbly baths, shampoos, and other doggie hygiene products are of the utmost importance.
Comfort foods are also a value we share. No Milk-bones for this pup! That would be like me eating Saltines for a “treat.” We are on a perpetual hunt for delicious doggie snacks.
As for fashion, Murphy and I share similar tastes. He’s not a high fashion guy, but loves things that are edgy and interesting. A punk-rock puppy? Perhaps. He is a little rough around the edges. I like to think of him as barking to the beat of his own crazy drummer. As such, we are always on the lookout for outfits that are a little beyond the norm.
To keep my little shit of a dog happy, I have committed to scouring the Internet to discover all kinds of “Murphy-worthy” products, services, foodstuffs, and fashions. I look forward to sharing these with other punk-rock doggie mamas and their “rough around the edges” asshole pups.