As you know, Maggie is not a trick performing dog. She doesn’t beg or give a high five for her food, she doesn’t twizzle for biscuits or shake hands, and she doesn’t ‘speak’.
Before the Oh But comments come in, I’m not knocking it if your dog does that! I find it kinda cute, but with Maggie all we wanted was for her to obey the No/Stop commands, do as she’s told and come to us when called. That’s it. Photo: April 2015
However, she has developed a couple of tricks by herself, one being the ‘Show Me’ if something is stuck in her paw. We say Show Me and she rolls over, pushing the troublesome foot under our noses. If she’s feeling unwell, possibly with wind, she will show us by rolling over and guiding our hand to her belly for a rub, and eventual belch.
We now have a new ‘trick’, which came about a couple of weeks ago, yet all the time we were with MOH, she was content to curl up on her blanket by the radiator and sleep.
Now we are back home, she has started it again, and once I realise what she’s asking for, it is kinda sweet, and she deserves it.
Photo: in the cottage, October 2013
She will sit and look at me like in the above picture, and if I don’t take any notice, will come on my other side and continue to stare.
If there’s still no attention coming in her direction, the head goes on my knee as in the first photo and I hear a little whine.
It’s regular as clockwork, 5.15pm every day, which she has adopted as her playtime.
I pick up her latest baby and we play. Just a little game of toss and catch, or a couple of squeaks of the toy so that she can do the same, plenty of back scratches, tummy rubs and fuss behind the ears (whilst she holds baby), one on one, dog and owner.
Just five minutes, maybe ten, then she gathers baby into her cushion and sleeps, just as she’s doing now.
Photo: Jan 17th, her birthday.
We’d put her cushion by the radiator between the two chairs some time ago so that she could keep warm to help her arthritis and settle down between us.
We have no clock in here, the radio isn’t on, and the heating is intermittent depending on temperature rather than time. Creatures of habit, but she’s content, bless her.