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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.

The prompt for this week’s Stream of Consciousness Saturday Post was: “pat/pet/pit/pot/put”  If you’d like to join in the fun, visit:

Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing, (typos can be fixed) and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

3. There will be a prompt every week. I will post the prompt here on my blog on Friday, along with a reminder for you to join in. The prompt will be one random thing, but it will not be a subject. For instance, I will not say “Write about dogs”; the prompt will be more like, “Make your first sentence a question,” or “Begin with the word ‘The’.”

4. Ping back! It’s important, so that I and other people can come and read your post! For example, in your post you can write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in your address bar at the top of this post into yours.  Your link will show up in my comments, for everyone to see. The most recent pingbacks will be found at the top.

5. Read at least one other person’s blog who has linked back their post. Even better, read everyone’s! If you’re the first person to link back, you can check back later, or go to the previous week, by following my category, “Stream of Consciousness Saturday,” which you’ll find right below the “Like” button on my post.

6. Copy and paste the rules (if you’d like to) in your post. The more people who join in, the more new bloggers you’ll meet and the bigger your community will get!

7. Have fun!

Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

10 thoughts on “Dog ESP

  1. Furry beasts really do pay attention. They also seem to have an internal clock for feeding time, walk time, and bedtime!

  2. 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!

  3. i was fortunate that most of the years
    of my doggy relationships
    were in AZ
    where DST was not endured 🙂

  4. 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!

    • 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.

  5. Always amazed at how intuitive and people-centric some pets can be. Even our rat has moments of perception that we really wonder about.

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