Trusting Instinct

How much do you trust your dog?
I don’t mean with leaving food on the table or being left alone with kids, but can you read the signs, and what’s more, take notice of what your dog is trying to tell you?

Maggie has a sniffer on her like no other dog I have ever known. When Hubby was in security, at home he taught her to seek and find ‘contraband’, this being some old baccy rolled in a denim cigar which was her ‘toy’. She never failed to find it, enjoyed the game, and had she ever had pups, we believe her babies would have been perfect for border control sniffer dogs.
Photo: Maggie and ‘babies’  April 2018

When we first moved to Lincolnshire in 2007, open fields and gates were the norm, and she would ‘lift’ pheasant or ptarmigan with no training, just for the fun of it. When they flew off, she would sit, tail wagging, and watch them go as if to say ‘See? I did that!’
The signs that there was something in the undergrowth was her nose to the ground and her tail going round in circles like some demented helicopter, and we were surprised she never actually took off. She never missed an inch, and nothing could hide from her.
It must be a springer spaniel trait because we have seen it in other dogs like her, and I remember an instance in the woods when she found a tiny rabbit kitten and flipped it, but didn’t harm it.

On the marina, new boaters to our pontoon were bemused when we asked them to walk up and down outside our boat so that Maggie could learn to identify their footsteps. This meant that should they come home after we’d gone to bed,  she wouldn’t bark. Visitors she didn’t know made her alarm up and growl as they passed by, but should they try to come aboard uninvited, well, her barking was not exactly the welcoming committee.
Photo: Maggie and boat August 2016

Tonight walking her for her penultimate wee, she alarmed up walking past someone’s garden.  There were no lights on in the property, so we were aware that something was amiss and let her lead the way. She sniffed the air, and looked over the low wall, then carried on further down the road and did the same, constantly alert.
I saw the fox first. It was one of two we are currently aware of and they like this particular property, practically knocking on the door as they stand on the porch steps.
Foxes are not unusual visitors to our road and we have often heard their mating calls or seen them darting across the road into gardens where we know there are gaps in the fence onto the pathway between our estate and the main road. We’ve had a few badgers too as there is an active sett in the garden of the large property on the corner there.
Luckily Fox and Maggie went their separate ways, but we were amazed at how her manner changed in that short time for a dog of her age.
Bless her, she’s still ‘got it’.

Photos: left:  dog tired: July 2018             right:  time to snooze: March 2019

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! We have an elderly dog called Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. 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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20 Responses to Trusting Instinct

  1. PaperKutzs says:

    Reblogged this on Paperkutzs and commented:
    I love the subject matter of this blog post. So, along with my thoughts below I decided to reblog this around. I hope you enjoy.

    I trust my dog implicitly. Dogs can read people quicker, faster and better than their owners’. They can read your moods better than your spouse and they know when something is just not right,

    The only thing that sometimes gets into the way is their owners’ inability to read all their signs as quickly.

  2. PaperKutzs says:

    I trust my dog implicitly. Dogs can read people quicker, faster and better than their owners’. They can read your moods better than your spouse and they know when something is just not right,

    The only thing that sometimes gets into the way is their owners’ inability to read all their signs as quickly.

  3. PaperKutzs says:

    sorry didn’t realize I would be commenting twice.

  4. fransiweinstein says:

    Good for Maggie! Bless her indeed.

  5. I love your stories! She is adorable. My dog, half german shepherd and half beagle, is a hunter. Once he finds a scent he is gone! He comes back but it takes a while. He is a little more assertive now after my husband passed away. He’s my guard dog!

  6. PaperKutzs says:

    Mine is a shepherd mix, potentially pit, but he is the smartest dog I have ever had, Got him fromSPCA nor whine and finger lick and I melted…lol

  7. Paula Light says:

    That’s the great thing about dogs!

    My cat loves everyone unfortunately lol 😂🐱😍

    • When we were househunting we often stayed in a little B&B, the owner of which had two cats. One didn’t like people at all and the other slept all day. She was very surprised to find the ‘hostile’ one asleep on my lap purring contentedly as it had never done that to anyone, even her family! Guess I was honoured.

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