A Pet's Plain Look of Guilt
Sure Zoe looks innocent and sweet. She usually is.
This morning I'm in the kitchen when I hear a door creak open. I assume it's Scooter barging into a bedroom for exploration, but he and Peanut were on the kitchen floor. I walked to the living room and who do I see but Zoe, tip-toeing out of the bathroom with a wad of tissue in her mouth from the garbage can! And the minute she spotted me spotting her, she dropped the tissue and looked at me meekly.
THEY know when they aren't supposed to do something. If I hadn't been there, she'd have lied down with the wad and chewed it up. But when she saw me, she knew she was caught red handed and dropped it.
Dogs DO have facial expressions of all sorts. Scooter, for example, always has his ears perked, waiting for the next adventure. But when I pull out his seizure pill, he KNOWS what it is, and his ears droop and his face gets a certain "no, not this again" look. It's amazing the variety of faces they put on.
Cats don't care if they get caught in the act, but I do notice subtle differences in their expressions too. Catfish, when he is wound up and in the mood to tease Tarzan, he has a little devlish look going on.
So, do you notice these things in your pets? Do they show guilt when they KNOW they've been caught with their paw in the cookie jar?
posted by Sandy at 8/21/2007 05:40:00 PM