My dog is an awesome dog

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He has his moments of pure playfulness, canine goofiness, and inexhaustible energy, and then he has these moments of lucid intelligence that just astound me. My daughter and I were eating ice cream at the dinner table, and the dog was standing motionless on the floor staring (I knew it without looking) at me. He's in the habit of waiting like a zopilote for a morsel of food to fall. We resist the urge to satisfy his craving, but there are just enough accidental crumbs to maintain positive conditioning.

I had filled his food and water bowls before dinner, and I turned to my left to see that he had drunk most of the water but hadn't touched his dinner yet. Not surprising, he's been a little off his meals lately. Teething maybe, though I thought at 15 months he'd be done with that. We've been adding water to his dry food to make it softer for him, but this last time I left it dry. So I gazed at him calmly to get that rapport we have, and since his water bowl was nearly empty I said, "Water? You want water?" Then he did it. He did the behavior that blew my mind.

Calmly and deliberately, he took a few steps toward his food bowl, not his water bowl, and gestured toward the food with his snout, and then stood absolutely still and gazed at me. It was plain as day that he wanted me to add water to his food.

I did.

He let the water soak in for a minute, and then he ate it.

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  1. catahoula fan's Avatar
    Careful, John, he'll start training you soon!
  2. Jonh's Avatar
    Too late, he's a more reliable alarm clock than the electric kind. Little paws tapping the side of the bed, "Let me out to pee, please."
  3. Just Plain John Wayne's Avatar
    Hahaha, who in the hell wants to eat "Dry" food.....

    I want a plate of food that has a little "Love " in it......

    I thought for a minute there you was going to say, he walked up to it, sniffed it, and then pissed on it....
  4. Dr. Demento's Avatar
    When He rolls up His sleeves
    He ain't just puttin' on the ritz
    (our God is an awesome God)
    There is thunder in His footsteps
    And lightning in His fist
    (our God is an awesome God)
    Well, the Lord wasn't joking
    When He kicked 'em out of Eden
    It wasn't for no reason that He shed his blood
    His return is very close and so you better be believing
    that our God is an awesome God

    Our God(our God) is an awesome God
    He reigns(He reigns) from heaven above
    With wisdom(with wisdom) pow'r and love
    our God is an awesome God

    And when the sky was starless in the void of the night
    (our God is an awesome God)
    He spoke into the darkness and created the light
    (our God is an awesome God)
    Judgment and wrath he poured out on Sodom
    Mercy and grace He gave us at the cross
    I hope that we have not too quickly forgotten that
    our God is an awesome God

    Refrain x3

    Our God is an awesome God
    Our God is an awesome God
    (Our God is an awesome God)
    (Our God is an awesome God)
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