As far as I’m concerned, to say “A Dog is Man’s Best Friend” doesn’t fully do justice to these beautiful animals. Many of us form a deep bond with dogs, often starting in childhood. I can remember my mom waking me many mornings by having our puppy lick my face.

As far as I’m concerned, to say “A Dog is Man’s Best Friend” doesn’t fully do justice to these beautiful animals. Many of us form a deep bond with dogs, often starting in childhood. I can remember my mom waking me many mornings by having our puppy lick my face. It was a very emotional time for me when we had to give away this dog to friends after seven years when we had to move to the East Coast for a time. And there certainly is nothing quite like the unconditional love that dogs show us after a long day at work.

It seems that almost every week I notice a story on CNN about a dog doing something heroic, saving kids from a burning home, flagging down a neighbor when a woman is attacked or calling 911 when an owner has a heart attack (OK, maybe that is a stretch but you get the idea). These incidents help to solidify in our minds and culture the deep bond between humans and dogs.

I live in an LA neighborhood of old homes built in the ’20s and ’30s and watch a number of individuals and couples who come into our area from other places in the city to walk their dogs. It’s clear to me that these people do that as much to provide a nice walking environment for their dogs as they do for themselves. Their love for their animals is palpable. 

For our family we are waiting for that special time in my young son and daughter’s lives when they are old enough both to appreciate a dog and to help to take care of him or her as well. There have been many tempting moments passing by a pet store and seeing a cute golden retriever or conversations with friends about how much they love their English Mastiff and how great they are with kids. But we have elected to wait until the time is right before taking on such a responsibility, as we would want such a beautiful creature to receive the best possible home.

Whether they always have the best homes or not, there is also no shortage of movies and items out of popular culture revolving around dogs, from “Old Yeller” to “Turner and Hooch” to “Cujo” (dogs are not ALWAYS friendly). And in fact just this month “Trouble,” real estate tycoon Leona Helmsley’s dog, was in the news after passing away 4 years after inheriting $10 million (reduced by the courts to $4M). We sure do love our dogs.

According to the American Kennel Club, the following were the top 10 most popular breeds of dog for 2010:

  • Labrador Retriever
  • German Shepherd
  • Yorkshire Terrier
  • Beagle
  • Golden Retriever 
  • Bulldog
  • Boxer
  • Dachshund
  • Poodle
  • Shih Tzu

Cultured Living believes in honoring these very special creatures who play such an important role in our lives. We have made available to the marketplace a number of unique items in our efforts to do exactly that. In fact, 15% of the net proceeds from the sale of any dog item within our store will go to animal shelters around the Los Angeles area. We felt there could be no better way to acknowledge the huge impact these amazing beings have on the human heart. So go ahead, make a purchase today and let’s help these animals get a fair chance at a loving home. - Cultured Living