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Doggy Disapproval

I don't know if you have ever been chastised by your pet but Jose has a whole list of behaviors to let me know when he is displeased with me. They all center around his not getting to do his favorite things. When he is angry he scampers around and around me and he is angriest when I deny him his time in the back yard to act like a real dog. I cannot work out there and keep an eye on him at the same time. He likes to dig, roll in the grass and watch birds and bark at the neighbors if they decide to come out. He is so little that I am afraid he might escape and get creamed on the street as many small dogs in the neighborhood do. Our street connects with a main thoroughfare. I have never had a more devoted dog, he is with me all the time and l let him go to the pharmacy and places with drive in windows where he is usually rewarded with a treat but he can't go when he has to remain in the car. Going in the car is his ultimate treat and if he has to be denied the car, a taste of ice cream, or a walk he does the ultimate beg which is popping up like a jack in the box and sitting up. If that doesn't work he does the sad puppy thing where he wilts visibly and acts mistreated. I think about John and Donna when we walk because we walk with a woman who has the nicest beagle. She is an excellent example for Jose unless she sees a rabbit. Then all bets are off and she tries to break free and pursue. He could care less about the rabbit. I thought I would never get over losing Rex but somehow you recover and learn to love again. When he was ill, he was so hard to get in the car that we realized we would have to get a small dog. I am so glad we did. You can never replace the unique character of a pet but you can get another with a personality of their own.

posted on May 20, 2020 4:15 AM ()


It does help. If I had to list my all time favorites it would be muffin, a little yorkie, Rex and Jose. They all three had so much personality and we loved them with all our hearts.
comment by elderjane on May 21, 2020 4:56 AM ()
I'm smiling because Jose reminds me of the adorable enthusiastic little two-year-old boy I cared for years ago. He was quite a precocious negotiator for what he wished for, wanted and needed to do. "Fair is fair," he used to say, so seriously and joyfully at the same time. He made my heart dance every day.
comment by marta on May 21, 2020 3:54 AM ()
Kids are fun! My great grandchildren are a hoot. I have a gorgeous but rebellious little six year old and when she gets together with her beautiful second cousin they are so funny. They are lovely.
reply by elderjane on May 21, 2020 4:49 AM ()
Missy is her own dog, but Max.... I'm almost 100% sure that it's Max who takes a protest dump when he's left home when we go out. Today I went out to work and Donna wasn't up yet. But apparently Max didn't consider that. So there was the dump behind my living room chair when I came in. He was waiting at the door, so it's pretty clear that he though we were both out.
comment by jjoohhnn on May 20, 2020 11:30 AM ()
You are probably Max's person and he is insulted by your leaving. I am Jose's person and he goes wherever I go, or sulks.
reply by elderjane on May 21, 2020 4:52 AM ()
Oh that Jose sounds so cute!!! Quite a big personality in a small case.
I completely agree about new dogs helping with an old dogs loss. I had Lebowski before I lost Kraymer and that seemed to help.
comment by kristilyn3 on May 20, 2020 6:19 AM ()
see above...I goofed.
reply by elderjane on May 21, 2020 4:56 AM ()

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