Try as we might, neither of can master the techniques and finesse of The Dog Whisperer. The problem is not the motivation of the subject. The pug would pretty much do anything for a treat… if she could just figure out what we were asking her to do. We were just standing there holding a treat, and she promptly went through her whole repertoire of cool tricks. Well, namely just the three (sit, lay down, and speak). It didn’t take long. She became offended when we laughed at her, so we gave her the treat as a consolation prize for her efforts. We’ll have to re-think our backup plan of creating a pug circus.
Nickie likes to collect her plush toys from all over the house and place them in her dog bed before joining them for a glorious sleepover. I daresay by the look on her face that we weren’t invited to this party.
Nickie is definitely ready for her close-up!
Our pug has a serious staring problem and takes that uncomfortable level of eye contact to the next level, but we don’t mind. We think we found our biggest fan and couldn’t be happier with our little brown-eyed girl.
Here is Nickie enjoying those few short cuddly moments after playtime but before she rolls over, falls asleep, and starts snoring louder than your average old man with a cold.
Nickie is “gracefully” modeling her Christmas gift from the family. Spots really suit her!
Nickie is ready for the holidays! The tree is up, the shopping is done, and the stockings are hung. She is keeping her paws crossed that she is on the nice list this year so there will be lots of presents underneath the Christmas tree.
Even our pug is hesitant to get out of bed on Monday mornings. Who could blame her? However, as soon as she heard breakfast was being served, she perked up a bit.
Here we demonstrate the tree stages of how many dogs deal with new things.
Step 1: TERROR! Variations include fear or slight concern, as shown here.
Step 2: EAT IT! If unsuccessful at eating it, proceed to step 3.
Step 3: Investigate thoughtfully to see if it actually was a threat or edible. If the latter, return to Step 2.
Perhaps this is not the best and most gracious way in this case to greet an old friend, but I don’t think the penguin will holds a grudge.