We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Large Munsterlander... I had one until 2002... He was the best all round dog I believe that I have ever known. Smart, for certain. More bird-sense than you could think up. People oriented in the extreme, friendly with everyone, but make no mistake he was first and foremost loyal to his people. Breathtakingly sweet with all children. He was their self-appointed guardian angel. Too many adjectives? There aren't enough adjectives for that boy-dog.
I have a picture of him carrying around one of our rescue kittens by his head. He would gently swing the kitten back and forth, kitten's paws up around his nose. When he would put the kitten down that kitten would stretch his paws up, standing on his hind legs, and mew piteously to be picked back up and given another circus ride!!! The kitten was named Calvin, after Calvin and Hobbs for obvious reasons.
He may have had the softest mouth I've ever seen/known in a hunting dog and I've shot over several breeds.
I will continue to miss that boy (Nicky-Boy, Joy!!) for the rest of my life. You don't come across a dog that good except once and only if you are very, very lucky. I have been exceedingly lucky in having had two standout great dogs. (All my dogs are very well loved and cared for, with no 'favoritism' shown, but I love them all differently ;->)