Dogs do the strangest things

Anyone who has ever had the pleasure of having a dog in the house must be amazed at some of the antics they see every day. I betray my age when I mention that Art Linkletter used to say, “Kids say the darndest things.” Well, dogs do the darndest things too.

Just think about it – when you see a dog on TV getting a hug from someone or doing something funny or even silly, who can’t smile? Think about the reaction most patients have to a therapy dog in a hospital. They can’t help but be emotional.

So here are a few things dogs do that will either annoy or amuse you. I hope you enjoy them. By the way, the quotation marks refer to what your dog might think.

Is your dog so stubborn that he drives you crazy? We had a Basset Hound named Mortie who would kind of jump on the bed, which was quite a feat with his short legs. However, once he was in bed, he claimed the pillow as his own and wouldn’t budge. You could almost hear him saying, “It’s mine, mine, you hear me, mine!” After a series of evil glares from Mortie, it took my wife and I together to get him off the bed, using almost an entire hot dog as a bribe. Who says dogs aren’t smart!

Speaking of beds, if you let your dog sleep with you, he will almost certainly find a spot, usually in the middle, and push you to the edge. And you lie there mumbling to yourself and take it!

Dogs don’t know their size. Whether it’s a terrier or a Great Dane, they’ll want to lie on your lap when you’re watching TV, or worse, sprawl out on the couch when it’s empty. “You really have a comfortable couch here. Aren’t the chairs for you?”

“Where did the hamburger go?” you may ask yourself. If you left it on the edge of the table within dog range, it’s gone.

If you want the book that is on the table to stay dry, never put a glass of liquid near it if you have a dog that is actively wagging its tail. Sometimes dogs don’t know their own strength.

How many times have you had to leave a party or someone’s house early to come home and take the dog out? Dogs kind of know when it’s their normal time to pee before bed, and being a few minutes late could spell real disaster.

Is your dog one that likes to play in mud puddles and then come into the house to shake himself dry? What fun!

Many dogs pick a favorite person in the family to attach themselves to as a companion. But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t love the rest of the family too. In my case, our dog Peanut, a Morkie (a Yorkshire Terrier/Maltese mix), has chosen my wife as his best friend and follows her everywhere in the house, which can be a real nuisance, especially if you leave the bathroom door open a crack. Just be careful not to step on him.

Dogs don’t know what vacuum cleaners are, they just know they don’t like them. They will either bark to scare it away or run and hide. Some dogs will just lay there and you can almost hear him say, “Go ahead, try to get by me, I dare you!”

And last but not least, he brings home a gift for mom. Don’t you love it when your dog comes to the back door and drops the “present” at your feet? Now you are the owner of a small animal or bird. And your dog just sits there, wagging his tail, looking so proud and saying, “Look what I brought you, Mom. I love you!”

This is part 2 of a two-part article describing some strange and funny things dogs do at home that may amuse you.

Let me review the opening paragraphs of the article from Part 1:

Anyone who has ever had the pleasure of having a dog in the house must be amazed at some of the antics they see every day. I betray my age when I mention that Art Linkletter used to say, “Kids say the darndest things.” Well, dogs do the darndest things too.

Just think about it – when you see a dog on TV getting a hug from someone or doing something funny or even silly, who can’t smile? Think about the reaction most patients have to a therapy dog in a hospital. They can’t help but be emotional.

So here are a few things dogs do that will either annoy or amuse you. I hope you enjoy them. By the way, the quotation marks refer to what your dog might think.

Is your dog so stubborn that he drives you crazy? We had a Basset Hound named Mortie who would kind of jump on the bed, which was quite a feat with his short legs. However, once he was in bed, he claimed the pillow as his own and wouldn’t budge. You could almost hear him saying, “It’s mine, mine, you hear me, mine!” After a series of evil glares from Mortie, it took my wife and I together to get him off the bed, using almost an entire hot dog as a bribe. Who says dogs aren’t smart!

Speaking of beds, if you let your dog sleep with you, he will almost certainly find a spot, usually in the middle, and push you to the edge. And you lie there mumbling to yourself and take it!

Dogs don’t know their size. Whether it’s a terrier or a Great Dane, they’ll want to lie on your lap when you’re watching TV, or worse, sprawl out on the couch when it’s empty. “You really have a comfortable couch here. Aren’t the chairs for you?”

“Where did the hamburger go?” you may ask yourself. If you left it on the edge of the table within dog range, it’s gone.

If you want the book that is on the table to stay dry, never put a glass of liquid near it if you have a dog that is actively wagging its tail. Sometimes dogs don’t know their own strength.

How many times have you had to leave a party or someone’s house early to come home and take the dog out? Dogs kind of know when it’s their normal time to pee before bed, and being a few minutes late could spell real disaster.

Is your dog one that likes to play in mud puddles and then come into the house to shake himself dry? What fun!

Many dogs pick a favorite person in the family to attach themselves to as a companion. But that doesn’t mean he doesn’t love the rest of the family too. In my case, our dog Peanut, a Morkie (a Yorkshire Terrier/Maltese mix), has chosen my wife as his best friend and follows her everywhere in the house, which can be a real nuisance, especially if you leave the bathroom door open a crack. Just be careful not to step on him.

Dogs don’t know what vacuum cleaners are, they just know they don’t like them. They will either bark to scare it away or run and hide. Some dogs will just lay there and you can almost hear him say, “Go ahead, try to get by me, I dare you!”

And last but not least, he brings home a gift for mom. Don’t you love it when your dog comes to the back door and drops the “present” at your feet? Now you are the owner of a small animal or bird. And your dog just sits there, wagging his tail, looking so proud and saying, “Look what I brought you, Mom. I love you!”

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