Now I know that I am usually the one that goes around preaching that a dog’s thought process is not like a humans. I know that anthropomorphizing is a “Through the Looking Glass” type behavior to indulge in. However, I sometimes wonder if my dogs don’t take perverse pleasure in screwing with my beliefs from time to time.
Case in point, my wife and I were out in the yard the yesterday, taking a breather from working on cleanup after the storms. We were playing ball with the dogs and at one point Annie decided to jump in the doggie pool since it was full of fresh rainwater. She lay in the pool for about a minute or so and then took a too long drink of water before exiting and then she grabbed her soccer ball to continue her game of fetch.
After about 3 or 4 fetches she came back with the ball, dropped it at Jackie’s feet, and promptly threw up all that excess water on top of the soccer ball. She was disconcerted for a minute or so and then decided it was time to play again. The ball had rolled back just out of Jackie’s reach so Annie went to grab the ball to give it to Jackie. She dropped the ball as quickly as she picked it up, making as disgusted a face as you have ever seen on a dog. The cartoon balloon caption over her head read “Eww that taste like throw up!”
This caused both Jackie and I to laugh hysterically but Annie wasn’t finished yet. She stared at us for a second and then you could see the light bulb go on above her head. She looked down at the ball and instead of grabbing it in her mouth, she pushed it with her nose right up to Jackie’s feet and then backed up and gave her the best smile and tail wag combination you’ve ever seen. “It’s only water, throw it for me.”
After Jackie wiped the tears of laughter from her eyes, (I was still laughing,) she agreed and picked the ball up and threw it. Annie gave chase and just as she got to the ball she sniffed it, wrinkled her nose, and in another cartoon balloon caption moment gave us a “That’s disgusting, I am not touching that!” look and trotted off to find another adventure.
I guess being a dog lover means that you have to accept that sometimes your dog isn’t having a laugh at your expense, even when they are.
Kevin, Jackie, Gavin, Annie, Tosha, Elbee