November 23, 2014

Waiting: The Reverse Angle AND a Winner!

Last week, I showed you how it looks when Rita is waiting on Reggie. This week, we've got a view from the other side of things.

Here's Reg waiting on Rita's arrival. He's not quite as patient as Rita. He waits by the door...

Then he checks the other door...

Now a window...

He decides to wait outside...

Hooray! He's so happy! Rita's here!!

And... they're just a blur together again.

The aftermath got a little ugly.

And poor Reg (since he's low to the ground and therefore gets way dirtier) had to suffer the indignity of a quick hose-down. Poor Reg.

I'm sure he thought is was worth it though. He loves his Rita-girl!

On last week's post, Pamela of Something Wagging asked how Rita knew Reg was coming. When Reg comes over, we have to put up the Puppy Suicide Prevention fencing because he flings himself off the edge of our patio - and it's a long drop to the ground below. Fine for Rita, but not so good for a short-legged, long-backed boy like Reg. I had put the fence up cuz they were supposed to be there at 9:30, but then they were late. I didn't realize she knew what the fence meant, but obviously she figured it out!

As for Reg, he knows Rita is coming when my sis gets out the keys to lock the front gate so that no one will come in while they're playing. (He can hear the keys rattle from any room in the house.) He also knows when she puts the special water bowl out front for them and the towels for clean up out back. With Reg, they can't even say Rita's name, cuz he gets so nutty waiting for her. They have to use code names for her!

Dogs are so smart at figuring out what we do!


Do your dogs know that certain things you do = good news for them?


A Winner!
We have a winner in last week's giveaway for a signed copy of Rescue Me, Maybe. I used Random.org to pick a number and matched it up to the comments - and the winner is: Cathy & Harley at Groovy Goldendoodles!
Congrats to Cathy! I'll be in touch to get your mailing info!

Thanks to Snoopy’s Dog Blog, Alfie’s Blog, and My Brown Newfies for hosting Monday Mischief!

46 comments:

  1. Aww! Cute pictures. He looks so happy when he is all muddy. :)

    By the way... I'm a fairly new reader to your blog, but I think Reg is such a cutie. He looks very similar to the corgi my uncle had when I was growing up -- she was a great dog!

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    1. Isn't he so cute? And, yes, muddy is a look he's very comfy with!

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  2. That is so cute. When we know someone is coming, we tell the dogs. All three then congregate at the front door to watch the lane. Congrats to Cathy!

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    1. How cute. I try not to tell Rita (at least not too early) or she's stuck sitting by the door for ages!

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    1. Oh, yes, they are happiest when they're together, I think!

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  4. They know our routines and when they sense one, they know what is going to come.

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    1. They're so good at picking up on subtle clues! Our beagle used to know food was coming if i got a spoon out of the drawer.

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  5. Dogs sure can figure out what ever they want to. lol being low to the grow has its disadvantages I guess

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    1. One advantage to it is that he can run right under Rita!

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  6. LOL...Those are great photos, muddy paws and all.

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  7. Dogs (and cats) are masters at recognizing patterns--particularly ones that reward them. Great story and pix!

    Wags (and purrs) from Life with Dogs and Cats.

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  8. Yep, Rita and her muddy-buddy always have a grand time. Wait until they find out they will be together this afternoon!

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  9. They are very smart!! My dogs know when I put on a certain pair of pants that we are off for a walk. Don't ask me how they can tell which pants they are, but they do, especially Sampson. And shoes, I use certain shoes for walking and they know which ones they are, it does not surprise me that Rita and Reggie know when the other one is coming for a visit.

    BTW that puppy suicide prevention post comment made me laugh. :-)

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    1. Rita is the same with the pants! WHen she hears me slipping my leg into pants or shorts, she comes running to see (and sniff) what I'm putting on!

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  10. We love how they learn to read the signals of what is going to happen!
    hugs
    Mr Bailey & Hazel

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  11. Dogs really do pick up on our patterns, esp when the pattern is to their benefit! Well, they can pick up the bath vibe pretty well too, so I guess it doesn't even have to be for something fun!

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    1. Oh, my mom's dog was amazing at picking up the "bath vibe". I swear, all my mom had to do was THINK about giving her a bath, and she'd go into hiding.

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  12. That is so sweet. Dogs are incredibly smart about figuring out the way the human world works. They observe so much that we are not even aware of.

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    1. They really are watching us all the time, aren't they?

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  13. Hi Y'all!

    Yep, I'm good at hearin' keys too! I also understand LOTS of the Human's words. They can't even talk about certain places where we go that I don't understand and get excited and start barkin'...which makes the Humans unhappy. Guess all my barkin' interrupts their plans.

    Y'all come on by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog

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    1. You're so smart, Hawk! I would have guessed you know lots of words!

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  14. I'll be sitting in a chair, thinking about taking Mr. N for a walk... and he can tell. I don't know what about my body language gives it away but he's a pretty observant pup.

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    1. So funny. Must have been something in my mom's body language too when her beagle would KNOW Mom was thinking about giving her a bath. :)

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  15. I put pants on=Coco gets a walk. So spoiled.

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    1. So... you're saying you walk around the house without pants on? :)

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    2. Oh Jackie, you work from home, right? You know how bothersome it can be putting pants on...

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  16. How funny, those two love each other and some dirty mischief. Congrats to the winner of your book.

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    1. Dirty mischief is the best kind for the pups, eh?

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  17. Okay - long comment coming LOL First: I have yet to figure out how Harley knows when it's Sunday. When I'm getting ready for church, he will not even attempt to go to the front door as if he's going with me, he knows this is one adventure I must take alone. I have no idea how he knows but he does. Second: I think Reg is beyond cute. I love his little paws. Third: I am over the moon excited about winning your book - I never win anything. Collar both me and Harley flattered - can't wait and I know I will love it. Thanks so much and Happy Holidays....

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    1. That's so funny that he knows it's Sunday. I think Rita knows the days of the week too. She really seems to understand the concept of the weekend, when Daddy doesn't have to disappear for hours and hours on end!

      Hooray! So glad you are happy to have won! Will be in touch!

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  18. So cute! Mom always tells us who is coming over, so we know and start waiting! Really happy you have such a great friend.

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    1. That's cute that you guys like to wait when folks are coming. And, yes, we're so happy Rita has such a good buddy to play with!

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  19. Ha ha! Yes, our dogs know when good things are coming! There are a thousand different tip offs that give them the clues. I swear, it starts when I put my shoes on! lol

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    1. They're like little furry Sherlock Holmes, aren't they!?

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  20. How adorable! There are so many things that "tip off Shasta" but I think the most embarrassing for me is that he knows we are leaving the house when I take a shower and becomes VERY CLINGY. I'm not sure what that says about me and showers.... BOL!!

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    1. Haha! Funny! Rita is the same with me and the blow dryer. Apparently i only blow dry my hair when I'm going out!

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  21. Those two are both just so darn cute!!
    Cricket knows if I'm in the kitchen and grab shoes or a coat that I'm going outside in the yard, and that means time for ball playing!
    Luke knows exactly where his leash/harness and clicker/training treats are kept. If I go in that closet, he knows something fun is going to happen!

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  22. There's nothing like some good, clean (or dirty) fun!

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  23. That is cute. When we are at the cabin and hubby is off hunting, the dogs know when he is coming back. I am not sure if they can hear his truck coming, or what. His truck is not loud, but it is pretty quiet there. They are usually up at the window a couple of minutes before he pulls up. Weird.

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