Who's the Brightest (or Dimmest) Bulb in the Pack?
There is no doubt Scooter is my smartest pet, and it's the smart ones you have to watch out for, because they cause the most trouble. Stupid pets (and people) are more easily led.
The Boss is fixing our deck. Last summer he added a new set of steps in a different location from the original steps. The dogs used them tentatively at first, but caught on to the new route, even though they mostly used the old steps they were used to. Last weekend, the boss blocked off the path to the old steps, as he's going to tear down that part of the deck.
I come home from work and let the dogs out. When I call them to come in, they go up the old steps and then can't get to the door because he blocked it off. So I'm out there, trying not to wake him up, telling the dogs (with hand motions added) to GO AROUND to the new steps. Scooter caught on immediately and came around. I had to go to the bottom of the new steps to get Zoe to come, and for Peanut--well, I had to let the others in the house, go back out, go down and around to the old steps and encourage him to follow. I don't think it's because he's dumb, just timid. At least that's what I tell myself about my Little Man.
But then The Boss gets rid of the old steps, and the remaining deck is rather high from the ground. He's out there and so is Zoe. He comes in and says, "Peanut isn't the only dumb one." Here Zoe tried to JUMP UP on the deck without the steps (instead of going to the new steps), didn't make it and fell to the ground. Rather stupid, I guess, because she's used the new steps quite often.
Now the old part of the deck is torn down and they have no choice but to use the new steps.
So, tell us about your pets--the smartness they show--or the stupidity.Picture above is of Sis Daisy Lou's dog Bennie, the dog my Mom fusses over 24/7. I'll let her tell her how dumb he is. But he's SO cute, especially in his Mickey Mouse ears from Disney.
posted by Sandy at 3/14/2007 09:45:00 AM