April 21, 2006

~Dumb Dogs~

Dogs are smarter than most people give them credit for. Peopleoften will say, “Dumb dog” referring to a dog. Is it possiblethat they only pretend to be dumb in order not to have to dosomething that they are asked to do?

For example, “Come here! You dumb dog.” Why would the dog wantto come back if it left for a reason and is it laughing at youfor calling it dumb?

Your new puppy is now at its new home. Checking out its newhome, it has its first accident. You scold the puppy, “bad dog!”It’s time to go to bed. The puppy is put on its new bed to sleepthat you got especially for it. It cries and cries. You havebeen told to put an alarm clock beside the puppy in its bed soit will think the clock ticking is the heart beat of its mother.This doesn’t work. Next, the hot water bottle, it will think thebottle is the warmth of its mother and will be content and go tosleep. That idea doesn’t work either. You need to get some sleepbut there is no way to sleep with a new puppy crying. Next plan,pick it up, cuddle and talk to it. Finally, it goes to sleep soyou lay it back down in its bed. You are awakened by the pitifulwhimpering of a baby. Picking up the puppy again, holding itclose to you on your chest. It is now quiet and asleep. You fallasleep also.

Hurry! Get to the door. Whoops! Too late. Another accident. It’snot really the puppy’s fault. You slept in to late because youwere tired from not getting enough sleep. It had to go andcouldn’t get to the door quick enough. The day goes on trying toget it out each time it squats or acts like it has to gooutside. Each day is a new task, both you and the puppy arelearning. It has learned that going to the door and scratchingon it with its paw will get him out and in when it wants. Itbecomes a constant thing and you are wearing yourself out goingback and forth to the door. You put your foot down and say,”That’s enough, in or out?”

When it comes to playing, dogs are always ready. Most dogs loveto play ball. You throw the balls, the dog runs for the ball.”Bring it here.” You say. The dog gets the ball and brings itpart way back. You are now chasing the dog in order to get theball from it. It runs around while you chase it and then itdrops it when you finally get to it. You throw the ball again.The dog does the same thing. You chase him again to get theball. You throw it one more time, the dog runs but you decidethat the dog is just not getting it so you give up. The dogcomes over to you with the ball and drops it at your feet. Who’sthe dumb one here?

Let’s go get the mail. The dog decides it wants to help carrythe mail in. You give it a piece of junk to carry. You figurethe dog will chew it up anyway. It carries the mail proudly inthe house and drops it on the floor. Pretty darn smart, huh?Each day it carries in a piece of mail right in the house. Oneday, instead of carrying the mail in the house, it decides toveer off from the back steps and take the mail in the back yard.The chase is on, catch me if you can. It’s time to have some funwith momma.

The sun is shinning through the window in the living room whileyou are enjoying having your morning coffee. Your dog comes inthe living room with something white in its mouth. It has dad’ssocks. You tell it to bring the socks to you. It comes almostwithin reach and then turns sharply to the left. You call thedog again. It comes almost close enough for you to touch thesocks and it jerks back again. Finally, it brings the socks toyou. That’s one way to get attention.

Now it is time to leave the dog by itself in the house. Firsttime will be for a short time. Your dog goes to the door as youare leaving but you tell it that it has to stay. It looksconfused and pitiful standing there. You hate to leave it byitself but know you have to teach it that it will have to stayby itself some times. You are only gone a half hour. When youreturn the toilet paper is strung the whole length of the house.The book you had been reading, left on the couch, now looks likeit has gone through a shredder. It has to be scolded. It isn’tallowed on the furniture but after leaving it the next time, youonly pretend to leave. You pretend to lock the door and gooutside. Opening and closing the car door so it thinks you areleaving, you go to the window and look inside. Your dog hasdecided to make itself at home and have a seat up on the couch.You run in the house quickly in order to catch it on the couch.Your dog is standing on the floor looking at you and wagging itstail.

Some people believe in reincarnation. Some people believe thatwhen you are reincarnated that you come back as a dog. Sometimes when you talk to your dog, it seems to know what you aresaying. Anything is possible but dogs are not so dumb, are they?

About the author:

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Phyllis Benton

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