car keys are the worst, no matter how quietly i pick them, by the time i start walking to the door bloody Rex is already there waiting the freak.
same with putting on my running shoes, they both know it's walkies time & they sitting by the bucket with their leads in it.
open a magnum ice cream wrapper whilst they are downstairs in the backyard, they can hear it & come bolting back up the stairs.
bath time with Molly is easy peasy, she's not a bolter (probably why she's so fat, lol) but the two boys are off when they hear the bath running (one goes under the bed, the other out in the garden) that's the giveaway the bath running as we all shower, so if the bath is running they're like 'oh shit, it's for us!'
Dogs are just too clever and Mojo is one of them..........LOL
I have the opposite problem. We have a bathtub at waist height to wash our dogs on our verandah (clever hubby).......I have to lock up two newfies if i am washing one, because they all want to get into the tub.
Same with the grooming table, they just all want to be done at the same time....We have great step ups to both bath and table, so they all just get in/on. Not Tessa however, I have to get her for a bath......
Pets are forever
Sean, your domesticality is really quite scary - and impressive!
Can you come and teach my Mr some skills, lol?!
Doglets are creatures of habit, that's for sure. When the Rosa was only a puplet, we had the same issues with keys - jangle them and she was at the door waiting for you. Loved going off with her poppy to be his TA in the truck, loved going with me to her grannie's place for pupsitting... and even now, I only need take her lead off it's hook, and from the deepest recesses of the yard, she comes running. And if you are not ready to go by her allotted walk time (about 4pm), and she's having a good day, well, let's just say that she lets me know in no uncertain terms that I'm running late. While I'm putting sneakers on, she will lean on me (as only a Boxer can!), paw at me with the "come ON, hurry UP" whingy whiny excitedness that makes me so glad that she's my doglet...
funny creatures, dogs!
I have to say I'm a little surprised by some of your comments... do your OH's really not help at home? I always kind of took for granted that everyone does their fair share.
Our Nero can somehow distinguish the sound of the 'treats cupboard' from the sound of any other cupboard (same size, same make, same everything). I find that quite remarkable. Also that he is able to hear someone opening the wrapper of a pack of almonds or dried dates from outside but at the same time is completely and utterly unable to hear the command 'stay' when there is another dog walking past us. He absolutely hates having his anti-flea-treatment put on his neck. So I usually practise a few times with the lid still closed to get him used to the motion. But it never works because he notices immediately when the little hood is off and it's actually getting serious. The stuff (odorless to me) must stink as hell...
Like you I cant step out of bed with out going through the stages of--where is Jess? Will I tread on her, or trip over her? She was big, black and beautiful--our constant companion; but we had to put her down over 12 months' ago! They leave a lasting impression. Now I have this 4 month old golden lab that just drops by me where ever I am, and I just love it for that. My constant companion. Starting to work that keys means going out, picking up one lead and bag in particular means going for a walk--and she literally lights up!
Haven't said too much about hubby, but he will have to step up to the mark, when I have shoulder op in May, but know he will. Re bath for Missy--that will be just one wet day of fun knowing her love for water. Wet who for? Us being my guess. We clipped her claws the other day with no problems at all.
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gypsy just has to hear the cupboard that we keep the bathing stuff in open and she's goooone. I find it really weird as she is an absolute water nut!
she loves the stuff. Just don't bath her.
I also gotta say Sean go easy on the washing there mate, you'll make the rest of us blokes look bad!
"He is your friend, your partner, your defender, your dog. You are his life, his love, his leader. He will be yours, faithful and true, to the last beat of his heart. You owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion" Author Unknown
It works for us...
Mind you, if I ever ask for help, he's right there, no questions asked.
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