Were dogs more long suffering in those days? I don't know. Old Hans certainly got his fair share of cuddles. His least favourite game was reinacting Belle and Sebastian, when he had to pretend to rescue TJam (Sebastian) from an avalanche. If it had been real life, TJam would have frozen to death. Hans was not big on role play.
In the 80s Remus made his entrance. It took him a while to grow into his ears and this pose did influence some of my own, later work. I call it "Sand on Nose."
So it would seem, TJam's earlier influences affected her choice of dog companions, and that these dogs' work has rubbed off on us. The bin raiding and junk eating we made up for ourselves and we would be proud to pass it on to any future generations.