What Kind of Dog Would You Be?
If you've been to our office or received any of our Holiday cards, you know that dogs are an important part of our lives here at HMC Partners. They are more than “animals” or “pets,” they are members of the family. In fact, when we hold interviews for new employees we must ask if the candidate likes dogs, and their answer could alter if they are offered the job or not. This is a very important thing since at any given time one of our four legged family members may be hanging out in the office. In the HMC family we are happy to have a slew of dogs of different sizes, different personalities, and different obedience levels, which is just like any real family. Think about your family and I bet you have those members who are well behaved, those who are over-achievers, and those who you never know what they will say or do next!
We know that people will say with time that we start to look like our dogs. I’m not so sure that is true in our office, but it did make me think… if we were dogs, what kind of dogs would we be? After a little research, I was amazed to see how closely we all resemble specific dog breeds. Let’s see how well you know each of us? Can you match the person with the dog they would be?
HMC Partners Members: Gib McEachran John Hardy Diane Parmele Kathy Clark Jeff Herzig Cindy Griffin
German Shepherd – German Shepherds can be both fierce but friendly, and have a calm confidence. When in need, however, a German Shepherd is instantly ready to protect, play a game, or perform a task. With a strong work ethic and an eager intelligence, they crave challenges, especially calculating Required Minimum Distributions from multiple accounts and transferring money from multiple accounts and consolidating them with LPL Financial. Not to be left alone in the house too long, German Shepherds crave interaction and involvement. They are fiercely protective of their homes and families—sometimes known to “herd” their owners to make sure they are filling out forms properly and following all regulations.
The benefits of a German Shepherd—loyalty, protectiveness and eagerness, to name a few—come from careful obedience training and authority along with multiple FINRA licenses and experience working in large brokerage firms. Everyone in the household must be prepared to earn the dog’s respect. They do not respond to negativity or anger, and can easily calm a client and answer their questions and concerns.
A bored or neglected German Shepherd may resort to chewing furniture, digging up flowers and other mischief, such as creating new ways to organize the filing room or training on the latest industry regulations.
Border Collie - Border Collies are loyal, trainable, whip-smart pets with an oversupply of energy; i.e. they won’t just hang out on the couch or sit at their desk. They need lots of space to run, preferably in half-marathons, so a big backyard (or even a farm) suits them best. Easily trainable and eager to please, Border Collies can sometimes be perfectionists when it comes to learning and executing new skills, setting up new blog sites, websites, and social media. Always give them tasks and they will serve you until the day is done. They form a strong bond with their owners. Border Collies will let you know fairly quickly if someone is approaching the house.
They have natural herding instincts that can sometimes come into play in the household: Advisors may get “herded” from time-to-time if they are late on deadlines or slacking on returning a report in time. These are tough, busy and sometimes high-strung dogs with a determined drive and focus. People who like dog sports will love Border Collies. They are great competitors. If you’re just looking for a nice family pet, a Border Collie might not be the ideal choice. They need lots of attention, plenty of outdoor exercise and—if possible—something to do: This could be a task, training exercise or planning seminars and events. Border Collies are so crafty, intelligent and full of energy that it would be a shame to leave them alone all day in the house.
They have a tendency to dominate weak-willed owners, so make sure your Border Collie knows who’s the boss. However, severe punishment or harsh treatment can elicit strange, irrational reactions. Regular doses of positive reinforcement will help them thrive, not to mention closing the office early on Fridays!
Standard Poodle - Poodles are clever and lively household companions, adaptable to their environments and are fairly easy to train—it’s no surprise that they were once very popular circus dogs. They have a few instinctual habits, like marking and hunting (especially Snow Geese), which may be noticeable on walks or around the yard. Overall, Poodles are eager to please and a lot of fun to be around; they bring lots of humor to an office environment.
Poodles are generally active and agile. They are happiest with daily walks, doing P90X, and lots of outdoor play, such as watching lacrosse. Without enough attention and activity, they can get bored, agitated, restless and (sometimes) destructive. Also, if you can give your Poodle the opportunity to frolic in water, by all means do.
Poodles love being around people and are able to form bonds with each member of the family, as opposed to bonding with just one person. Poodles are ideal family dogs, being both patient and playful with children. They also make superb watchdogs, barking zealously when strangers approach the home or park in our office parking spaces.
Poodles may look dainty and demur, but in truth, these are high-stamina dogs with a stellar range of skills, including agility, obedience, hunting and herding. Your pretty Poodle could be a sporty competitor in addition to a beautiful show dog especially in his tie and suspenders.
Poodles have the tendency to bloat. So, try to feed them several small meals instead of big ones. And you must be ready to groom: They need to be clipped and bathed regularly and like to have everything in place, right down to their cufflinks. On the plus side, they don’t shed.
English Mastiff - If you think Labrador Retrievers are too small, check out a Mastiff. Massive and sometimes lumbering, these dogs have a gentle, loving and dignified personality that makes them the quintessential “gentle giant.” Responsive and obedient, Mastiffs also have a quiet dignity and a serene intelligence that makes them seem almost mellow. They excel in understanding complex investment strategies and fund performance statistics. Mastiffs rarely bark or make noise. When you come home, you’re likely to find yours stretched out behind their desk, on a bed or couch, their head perking up lazily to greet you. If you can get them off the couch or out from behind their desk, they’re always game for a roll on the carpet or a good softball game.
Mastiffs have few equals when it comes to protecting the family. They have been used as guard dogs for thousands of years. However, Mastiffs are more likely to scare off an intruder with their intimidating size—they are not the types to make a fuss unless there’s a real threat. With some weighing almost 200 pounds and around 6’5” tall, Mastiffs can be a handful to manage. You don’t necessarily need to be strong to manage a Mastiff—they obey commands and have a gentle way about them—but you need the time and patience (and space) to make them happy and keep them organized.
Some can be slightly lazy, but it’s important to encourage them to get off the couch and go outside for a nice lunch with a wholesaler. Always keep them on a leash in public. Also, they tend to drool, so you may want to keep a few rags around the house.
Saint Bernard - Saint Bernards are sweet, friendly dogs that possess an age-old wisdom and a steady disposition. They are powerful, to be sure, but also have a mellow gentleness that makes them superb playmates for children. They are able to break-down complex ideas and concepts and explain them in a way anyone can understand. Saint Bernards are especially fun to play with in the tall grass or snow, or fly fishing in the mountains. Don’t let the mellow exterior fool you: These dogs are fiercely loyal and protective of their families. And, when they’re young, they can be a little bit stubborn (which can remain even in their 50s). Eager to please and easy to train, Saint Bernards can be socialized from a young age to manage their large size and bold personalities. Conservative by nature, these dogs will keep an eye on your investments and make recommendations without opening up to too much risk.
When living with a Saint Bernard, be prepared for their size. You may need to adjust the furniture or give them a wide berth when they pass by. And be warned: They tend to drool and snore. Saint Bernards are sensitive to heat, so they might not be the best dogs for those living in, let’s say, Miami. They need a mild climate and room to breathe: Saint Bernards need lots of walks and playtime in the park, rides on a Harley, and drives all across the East Coast in their big F250 Diesel will definitely make them smile.
Irish Setter - When you bring an Irish Setter into your home, prepare for a downright giddy housemate. Full of boisterous energy and love, Irish Setters will want to be involved in everything you do. They love family time, whether indoors or out, and they get along famously with children. They love to greet you when you enter the door, and offer you coffee, tea, or soft drinks with a smile. Irish Setters form strong bonds with their owners, but they are gentle and welcoming with just about everybody—other pets included. Aside from a good, healthy bark, they don’t have any solid “watchdog skills.” Strangers who drop by the house will most likely be wrangled into a lengthy game of fetch or discussion on what we do and how she can help you including a possible tangent idea that came out of nowhere.
Bred for hunting in the fields, Irish Setters are bursting with energy, quickness and endurance. If you’re a jogger, runner or bicyclist, take them along. Irish Setters will be calm, happy and trainable as long as they have an outlet for this exuberant energy and let them enjoy time in the sun on the beach. Irish Setters have a rambunctious personality that’s almost puppy-like—a trait that can linger long after the puppy years are over. Though always full of good intentions and great vibes, Irish Setters will benefit from firm, positive training.
These dogs love having a big back yard to play in, but they don’t like to be left alone for too long. A happy Irish Setter is one that get healthy doses of exercise and attention.
What do you think? Could you figure them all out? If not, answers are listed below. What breed of dog would you be? We’d love to hear! If you need a little help, there are a bunch of websites out there with fun quizzes to help you determine. I’ve listed a few below for you to try.
Answers: Gib McEachran – Standard Poodle John Hardy – Saint Bernard Diane Parmele – German Shepherd Kathy Clark – Border Collie Jeff Herzig – Mastiff Cindy Griffin – Irish Setter
**Dog facts and breed descriptions provided by Dogster.com.
**Dog quiz websites: http://www.dogster.com/quizzes/what_dog_breed_are_you/ http://www.gotoquiz.com/what_breed_of_dog_are_you http://www.quizmeme.com/dogbreed/quiz.php
The opinions voiced in this material are for general information only and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual. To determine which dog breed you would be, please consult your veterinarian.