Object Relevancy

In yesterday’s article, Playing Both Ends against the Middle, I talked about the need for all members of a household to become relevant in their dog’s eyes by participating in daily doggy activities. However, it’s not just people that hold relevancy for our dogs. Common household objects, especially when wielded by humans, have multiple shades of relevancy for our dogs

For example, our rescue mix, Annie, has fur that is so attractive to itself, Velcro is envious of it. Annie loves her doggy pool and lounges in it every chance she gets. The result is a matted mess that even the best detangling comb abdicates to. When this happens our only recourse is the scissors, an object of some relevancy in our household.

Now, you would think that the scissors would be a scary object to a fearful dog like my Annie, but you’d be wrong. Annie doesn’t mind the scissors. In fact I think she quite likes them because they provide her some relief from the knots tugging at her skin. Rather, it’s my confident, “I’m special,” Aussie Shepherd, Gavin, who is terrified of them, and with good reason.

On more than one occasion, my wife, Jackie, has taken it upon herself to give Gavin a haircut— especially around his hind end, in order to facilitate more efficient cooling. This procedure normally results in Gavin requesting that we put him in an Elizabethan Cone of Shame in order to draw attention away from the hatchet job done to his butt. I would publish pictures, but Gavin has assured me that he will retain counsel and sue for defamation of character should any surface.

Scissors aren’t the only object of  dubious relevancy in our house. Other objects of mixed emotions include…

  • The Garden Hose – The hose can be used for both nefarious and benevolent purposes as far as my dogs are concerned. On one hand it can be used to fill up the doggy pool which is an excellent use of this tool and a good reason for being wet. It can also be used to give them an outdoor bath in the summertime, which, according to them, is uncalled for and not the reason that the hose, or water for that matter, was invented.
  • The Microwave – An object of great relevancy to my dogs, they think it can do no wrong. Nothing bad ever came out of a microwave.
  • The Vacuum Cleaner – Another object of great relevancy, but not the good kind. We’ve recently bought a Dyson (hey Dyson we accept advertising dollars) and while it’s more agreeable to both the humans and dogs, it’s still not something the dogs (or I for that matter) want to hang out with.
  • Cellophane Bags – Another item of great interest and highly relativistic to dogs. The sound of a cellophane rapper usually bodes well for the tummy of dogs and humans alike.

These are just a few objects of relevance in my house, I am sure you have many others that would resonate with Dog Lovers and their humans everywhere. Won’t you share your story with us?


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6 thoughts on “Object Relevancy

  1. Around here probably the most relevant objects are my shorts I wear around the house but would never wear out. Comet knows just what type of day it will be if I put those on in the morning, you can almost see his eyes light up with thoughts of lounging on the couch watching tv snuggled in a blanket. The other object is of course the stainless steel popcorn bowl, both the sound and sight of it.

  2. In Buster’s mind, the most relevant object in the RV are the leashes. He actually jumps up and down when he sees me reach for them. Considering our space constraints, this isn’t necessarily a good thing and we’re working on some desensitization. Buster also gets excited when their seat belt harnesses come out – but not as much at the leashes. For Ty, anything that might possibly look, smell, or taste like food is a relevant object. =)

  3. Tie-on shoes. When Gracie sees the tennies or the hiking boots come out and go on the feet, she is READY to get her harness on and go for a walk.

  4. Jasmine is a very curious dog and she seems to find some relevance in pretty much any object. Of course the most relevant objects are leashes and harness! 🙂 But there are many other objects indirectly connected to walks and trips and they all have their relevance (including the type of pants I’m wearing! LOL).

    Some of the most exciting ones are coolers, because they mean really fun long trips. Any packing activity gets her excited.

    But she wants to know what everything is for. When hubby is working on something, she has to check out every tool and whatever he’s working on. And I’m sure she files all that information away in her alphabetically organized brain! She never forgets anything.

    For some reason she also likes heavy equipment. Maybe because usually it creates a lot of freshly turned dirt to lay in.

    Objects she’s not crazy about? Thermometer! Spray bottles (usually end up spraying her feet with medication) Not crazy about vacuum cleaner either but finds it merely annoying. She has a love and hate relationship with a lawn mower. Loves chasing and barking at it.

  5. Sydney, our cocker poodle mix, loves two objects, his car seat belt (which means he’ll go on a long walk in a new park) and his extendable leash. He’s so overcome with joy that he runs away and looks with disbelieve on seeing one of us holding either object. We’ve learned to pick him up before showing him either.

  6. Ha ha! I love dogs! Our dog Cali gets super excited if my husband picks up a golf club (he used to hit practice balls for her!) or if she sees a hockey stick or a basketball come out. . all of these things mean “playtime” to her 😉

    She doesn’t like the Dyson (any more than I do!) and she doesn’t like being in the room when there is a Bruins Hockey game on (too much yelling for her!) If she sees nail clippers come out, she tries to hide!

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