Sometimes I put a pot on the floor for one of my pets to help me clean up after dinner. Some people might think that’s gross. Well, I don’t care. I don’t do it all the time, because we have three dogs (we used to have 5) and they can get pretty competitive. The step dogs, the two my husband brought into our marriage, even get into knock down drag out fights.We have to watch them.
Doodle was literally starving when he rescued her, and she’s food aggressive. She’s the first to come into the kitchen when I’m cleaning up and she hears me scraping a pot of sauce or soup into the storage container. She might be the first one to hear this, because at around 8 years old, she’s the youngest of our pack. The other dogs are 14 and 12, so they don’t hear as well as Doodle. But you can bet that if I put down that pot for Doodle to help me clean up, I will soon hear the pitter-patter of dogs nails on the floor sauntering into the kitchen. The only thing that prevents that from happening is if I put on some background noise like the radio, or washing machine, or sing loud, so the other dogs don’t hear. If the other dogs do come in, I have to get them a treat too. A pat on the head won’t do it. Are they spoiled? You bet.
I wonder if the other dogs know when Doodle is getting a treat because they have doggy ESP. When my husband and I talk quietly about taking the dogs for a you know what, without saying the W word, they start to pay closer attention. If one of them sees me go into the bedroom to put on my sneakers, her ears perk up and she watches me closely. Then one of the other dogs, who didn’t even see me go in my room, and who was sound asleep when my husband and I started talking about the you know what, comes in to where the excited dog is. We don’t even have to touch the leashes, and it’s like they can sense us thinking about going for a walk. Then they start dancing and prancing around with infectious excitement, and they all get worked up into a minor frenzy.
Dogs are really good at noticing things that precede eating and going for a walk. They don’t have so much clutter to distract their minds from the important things in life.
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March 14, 2015 at 1:48 pm
Furry beasts really do pay attention. They also seem to have an internal clock for feeding time, walk time, and bedtime!
March 14, 2015 at 2:45 pm
They sure do! They like Daylight Savings Times, because they think they’re eating earlier, but when we “fall back” an hour in the fall, they get some kind a impatient. Thanks for stopping by Carol!
March 14, 2015 at 3:05 pm
i was fortunate that most of the years
of my doggy relationships
were in AZ
where DST was not endured 🙂
March 14, 2015 at 11:51 pm
Good thing. Dogs don’t have time for such complications. They like to keep it simple.
March 14, 2015 at 7:06 pm
Ah, but maybe food and walks are the most important things in life. 🙂 I do believe dogs have a certain sixth sense that we don’t possess. Feeling beyond feeling… 🙂 Nice post, JoAnne!
March 14, 2015 at 11:53 pm
Thanks, Linda. Maybe that’s why so many of us like dogs, and other animals, around. We sense they sense things we miss. They enrich our lives in many ways.
March 15, 2015 at 12:10 am
Always amazed at how intuitive and people-centric some pets can be. Even our rat has moments of perception that we really wonder about.
March 15, 2015 at 3:28 am
I’ve heard rats can be pretty smart. Now I’m curious about your rat. Bet that would make an interesting post.
March 16, 2015 at 7:03 am
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