Maggie’s latest ‘trick’

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.


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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9 Responses to Maggie’s latest ‘trick’

  1. colinandray says:

    You “painted” a lovely picture there Di. 🙂

  2. fransiweinstein says:

    That is SO sweet!

  3. Dogs often show us what they want. We just need to understand what they are telling us. We had one who come to us when she hurt her paw. In our new home we finally got a door again. One of our dogs refused to us it. She want us to open the door for her. Another would lay on my feet so she knew when I moved. Cats do also, Kato would jump on my stomach in the middle of the night. After I started using oxygen at night he stop. That is when I realized I had stopped breathing and he didn’t like what he wasn’t hearing.

  4. They are dear things. Sometimes I find a cat to cuddle because I need it. They are always willing…mostly…sometimes….you get the picture!

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