I got the message loud and clear.
"There's something I want under the bed! Arms. Too. Short."
"I need you to come get it for me."
Can you see it under there? (Her little squeaky ball that she found once on a walk. She loves that thing.)
I swear she bats it under things just for the fun of watching me get down on my hands and knees and grope around under there.
What's the last thing your dog told you?
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I remember reading an article about one of the differences between wolves and dogs and it involved asking for help from humans. The wolves that had been raised in captivity from pups never asked a human to solve a problem. They worked the problem it until they solved it themselves. Dogs, on the other hand, would give a half-hearted attempt to solve it, and then asked their human to save them the frustration. The author claimed the wolves had far superior intelligence as their problem solving skills had never been dumbed down by outside help. I don't know, but I think it is pretty smart to get someone else to wedge themselves under the bed ;-)ReplyDelete
Ya know, now that you mention that, I remember hearing the same study. And I thought the same... isn't it smarter to get someone else to do stuff for you?? :)Delete
It's a dog thing! Cass will take a tennis ball and intentionally roll it under the chair in the corner of the living room because he knows I'll have to get down on the floor and give it to him. A few minutes later, he will do the whole thing over again. It's an endless cycle until I redirect him to another toy or put the ball out of reach for a while.ReplyDelete
Yep, we do the same game, usually in our living room. She bats it under the TV console or under the sofa and I'm sure has great fun watching me squeeze in between the coffee table and the couch and wedge myself under the sofa to get it. :)Delete
My dogs can't stand for their toys to be put out of their reach and will whine until they are put on the floorReplyDelete
Rita saves her whining for the serious drama, like telling Daddy her troubles after mean Momma takes her to the vet!Delete
LOL! Yes, our cat Rosie does the same thing. Though I think she can actually reach under the bed she just likes to see me lean over.ReplyDelete
Sometimes I think Rita is part cat....Delete
I'm impressed that there was no barking or throwing a temper tantrum like Jaxson LOLReplyDelete
Yes, I should have said that she's a silent communicator. She's pretty funny. Even when she wants to go outside, she doesn't bark or whine or even scratch at the door. She just sits quietly beside the door and waits for someone to notice her. Like, "Oh I don't want to be a bother!" She's so sweet.Delete
Hi Miss Jackie & Rita! Bessie, my Basset minion was trying to tell Dad yesterday that she wanted her toy back that he put away in the closet! She had been trying to eat it earlier that evening. Silly doggie! (shaking my head) -Valentine (& Mom) of Noir Kitty MewsReplyDelete
Did Dad listen?? Our beagle used to chase a laser light - she was addicted to it. We kept it on top of the refrigerator. She was VERY good at communicating when she wanted the light to come out to play!Delete
Angel Greta was a master at that game - drop or push the ball somewhere then demand help getting it out! BOLReplyDelete
Hazel & Mabel
I guess they think we need to move around. :)Delete
We have to communicate a lot with our nose work, but around the house we usually request to go out in the yard, or to get a snack in the kitchen.ReplyDelete
Yes, asking for a snack is Rita's favorite thing to communicate!Delete
Dogs are nothing if not subtle. I usually get that eye-to-eye stare, then a laser focused stare in the direction of the lost item with another eye to eye stare meant to make me feel incredibly guilty for not seeing the lost item in the first place, let alone the silent 'why can't you see what I'm telling you' look. 😇ReplyDelete
Love the eye-to-eye stare thing. You can practically see them thinking what a dummy you are. :)Delete
Haha! Pierre "asks" to get up on the bed or the couch. Bentley lets me know when it is time to get up and feed him.ReplyDelete
Rita's funny - she almost never asks to be fed. Sometimes I end up feeding her quiet late because of it, but she doesn't seem to mind. Although sometimes she does lay where she can see into the kitchen and she'll stare at me, then look at her food bowl. She's subtle. :)Delete
Luke does this all the time! I also think he deliberately bats those balls under the dresser so I have to retrieve it. Cricket does it occasionally too. Sometimes I'm missing a dog, wondering where they are, and find them down in the bedroom staring under the dresser or bed!ReplyDelete
That's so funny.Delete
let me chase that squirrel!ReplyDelete
I bet that point was made quite emphatically!Delete
All dogs are excellent communicators. The rarity would be the humans that pay attention. :) Rita is fortunate to have you.ReplyDelete
You're so right about the humans who pay attention being a rarity. Most dogs must think we humans are pretty dumb. :) (Picturing the dog-blog headline right now... "My Human Is A Terrible Communicator."Delete
Oh, geez, Seriously thinks such things are a game. Bat it under the sofa and watch the humans stick their hands in that dusty darkness and retrieve it--so much fun! Over and over and over again. She has us well-trained.ReplyDelete
It's amazing how well they train us, isn't it?Delete
My girl darn near tipped a couch over once, trying to get a treat. They can communicate really well!ReplyDelete
Hahaha. Yeah, if it's a ball it can wait. But a treat?! Now it's serious!!Delete
Oh yes, our Bear does the exact same thing... under the bed, under the couch... that darn tennis ball roles just out of reach.ReplyDelete
Yep, same here. Under the sofa, the coffee table, the TV console....Delete
My dog told me that there was a moose ahead of us on the trail. She plants her butt and refuses to move forward when there's one ahead. Very useful!ReplyDelete
My dogs do the same trick has Rita with balls ending up under furniture all the time. I have a bad spine so I use my handing "reacher" that I was given after one of my surgeries. It makes reaching balls under furniture way easier!
That is very useful to get the "moose ahead" signal!Delete
Hmmm. Maybe I need a "reacher" too!
My old dog, Timba, used to stare at the back window of the car (back seat) until I put the window down! LOL! This was when power windows weren't on every car. I drove a big old Cadillac that had power windows. She knew I was responsible for putting that window down, and I'd catch her in the rear view mirror just staring at the window!ReplyDelete
Cooper does what Rita does with things that have rolled under the bed or under a dresser.
Charlie barks for attention. He will often tattle-tale on the other pets... of course I have no idea what he's trying to tell me, but I'll find a pile of cat barf a few minutes after the bark fest and then I'll know!
That's a great photo story. I've put rolled up bath beneath the couch to prevent the cats from pushing all their toys under it.ReplyDelete
When mine do that when I get down to get something they have to lick me!!!ReplyDelete
hello pooch smooches its dennis the vizsla dog hay the unnersides of beds and fernitcher ar sutch sinkholes for dog toys!!! i think it shud be a rool that all fernitcher goze all the way to the floor with no gaps or maybe that fernitcher needs to hav a ramp unnerneath it so bals rol bak owt wot do yoo think??? ok byeReplyDelete
Yes, Dog Mom I have you under my control and make sure you know EXACTLY what I want... ;-)ReplyDelete
Oh dear, Rita. You have alligator arms. :-) Sampson has decided that he will join Delilah in encouraging me to move faster while preparing their dinners. Delilah will occasionally bark, but she is more of a harumpher, while he just barks at me. It's #funnynotfunnyReplyDelete