Dog Lovers might enjoy this entry...
Blogging is an art I have not fully come to grasp, so it’s been kind of hit and miss for me. But I recently realized you might enjoy a few things in my life that I would actually enjoy writing about: my dog and my hobbies.
So meet Minuet, we call her Mini. She has actually been my daughter Christine’s dog for three years, since she was born, but Christine recently moved to California and I found myself an instant pet owner.
The first thing we found out about Mini is that she wants your hands on her every single minute. She will roam between us until one of us finally relents and pets her. Then she is in heaven, soaking in the attention.
The second thing we found out is that my daughter has done an excellent job with this lab/pit bull mix. She is well trained, has never had an accident in the house, responds to “Sit!”, “Lay down” and “Shake!” but she doesn’t know a stranger and forgets all her training as soon as some poor innocent comes walking down the sidewalk. After all, she’s not as big as a purebred lab, but she is, on most accounts, a big dog and you don’t want her rushing you because it can be intimidating, even if the first thing she does is drop to the ground and show you her belly. So we’re working on Manners.
My engineer Ken has a black lab and showed me a cute video the other day, with him encouraging his dog to say “woof!” in return for a bite of pizza. While we don’t feed Mini people food, I still thought I might be able to teach her to speak…and I was right.
What I was unprepared for was her ENTHUSIASM for learning something new. I got her attention, then said, “Mini, SPEAK!” Then I “woofed” very quietly to her. She stared at me with all her attention and waited, so I repeated the command, including my soft “woof.”
Then I saw her “get it.” I swear I saw her brain click on and engage with me. She got all excited, gathered herself up enthusiastically and said “WOOF!!!!” in a booming, big dog voice~! It cracked me up. So although I intend to teach her to use her inside voice, right now I am just thrilled that I CAN teach a trick and that she embraced it so readily.
It’s like she truly appreciates the opportunity to be invited to join the conversation. Dog lovers will understand that. I just love it. I took a video of her doing this and put it on my facebook page, if you would like to check it out, it’s right here: