Friday, October 24, 2008

The Dog is Winning

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Rhymes with Plague

Saying for the Day
Properly trained, a man can be dog's best friend. ~Corey Ford

Picture of the Day

The dog is winning.
As I write this blog Betty is trying to push Maggie out of the computer room where she is definitely not allowed. She still likes to chew up all kinds of things and the computer room has a lot of the things we are protecting from her. But she has learned that if she sits in the doorway you can’t close the door, like a salesman with his foot in the door. So there she sits. Betty is pleading with her, calling her, begging her to move. But she is one big heavy dog and she won’t be moved. She knows in a minute Betty will get the dog treats and bribe her into moving. She has this down to a science. She is winning.
Somehow we are not smarter than a two year old dog. She has us treat trained.
On a cold day she stands in the door to the outside and won’t come in or go out till she gets a treat.
She’ll play fetch with her favorite toy but she won’t give it to you unless she knows she will be rewarded with a treat.
She has trained us well.
The dog is winning.
When she scratches on the bathroom door she has taught us that the water in her water dish is now too hot or too old and she wants new water. If Betty doesn’t hurry and change the water once so notified then Maggie will play hockey with the dish and their will be water everywhere. Betty hastens.
She is defeating two college graduates if you can believe that.
I would holler at her but then she looks at you with those very sad eyes as if to say “ I love you” and I give in.
She even seems to know when it is in her best interest to obey.
She is one smart dog.
And the dog is winning.
But it’s okay., because we love her.
Let her win but she still has to stay out of the computer room.

News from Pigeon Falls
The little town in my basement where the trains still run, dragons fly, and life is back to normal.
Today is the build-a bear workshop at Kivi and Maki’s . It will start right after school and run until 6: PM. Kivi has been meticulous as usual in picking the parts for the workshop. In the five years she has run it there has never been a disparaging comment made about anything connected to the workshop. Indeed the preponderance of comments indicate that the parents, aunts and grandparents that attend have been very happy with the results.
Bonnie McGregor swears that if her neighbors dog pulls her sheets off the line and chews up her clothes pins just one more time the local paper will have a “man bites dog “ story only it will be a woman doing the biting. She has a hard enough time contending with her twins at her age without having to fight with a dog. Besides she takes great pride in her laundry even using that Opulent White Soap advertised on TV. You know the stuff that can even take out lipstick stain , not that her laundry has any. The twins don’t wear lipstick. But it does get out the smoky quartz stain left by the pigeon poop the twins seem determined to get into.
Along with the ghost groupies this is the time of year when Pigeon Falls is visited by the color tour people. They have come to look at the beautiful trees. Given the number of falling leaves that season is not going to last long this year as there is just too much wind. That’s sad because for the most part the tour people are really nice people and fun to visit with. Oh well soon the hunters will come.
Today the Happy Pigeon opens and it looked like everybody in town was lined up to eat breakfast in the new café along with people from Iron River and Crystal Falls. . But this is the Grand Opening and Pigeon has promised surprises all day long One has to wonder what it will be like next week and the week after. There are those who really believe Pigeon is going to lose his shirt on this venture. We will see.

Wrap Up
Fasten your seat belts folks I’m about to confess.( No Pennie I didn’t break the bottle of moisturizing cream or steal your pickles . That was the dog. It also ate the build –a-bear workshop tickets. If it had done anything else you would have been greeted by a man bites dog story on your return.) No! I have not decided to flip-flop on my absolute meticulous lack of commitment to either candidate in this year’s election. I swear by my old but opulent apartment in Chicago this is worse than that. Worse than Betty finding a lipstick stain on my underwear shirt. So very much worse.
But I feel a need to tell all so here it is. I have been practicing for tomorrow’s wordzzle . Every day starting on Monday I have used either the five or ten word list on my blog. Please hold your disparaging comments while I try to explain. The preponderance of evidence says clearly that practice makes perfect. And you have to admit that with words like smokey quartz and clothes pin this week’s list is not easy. The task was like trying to keep falling leaves from falling. They were that hard. In all honesty the practice didn’t help. I don’t have an idea for tomorrow. So I’ve learned my lesson . I won’t do it again, probably.
Otherwise it was a good day. In the morning my "no reason at all" roses came for Betty. She was so surprised and so pleased. Then we went to the Post Office and sent the printout of the June blogs to my sister. After that we went to Wal Mart but the "Super" store didn't have a 9volt transformer. In the afternoon we worked in the basement and got everything back to running except the skating rink that needs the 9volt transformer. Pennie returned from Madison. Then I visited blogs. Now I need a breathing treatment.


Blogger rhymeswithplague said...

Thanks, dr.john, for coming to my blog yesterday. I like your post a lot. My dog Jethro, who is a Havanese, must be related, if only in temperament, to Maggie. We have figured out that he is Mrs. Rhymeswithplague's dog and I am only his walking partner, handler, pooper-scooping friend, etc. I am frustrated. He is happy as a lark.

6:10 AM  
Blogger rhymeswithplague said...

Oh, I almost forgot. Thanks also for making me "Today's Link"! An unforeseen honor.

6:11 AM  
Blogger Russell said...

What a great dog!

My dog, Bailey, has me trained to a large degree, too! He knows about how much he can get away with but keeps pushing the limits trying to expand his horizons (his never ending effort to train me!).

When I am on the phone he believes he can get away with pestering me until I give him a treat. However, recently I have just started ignoring him when he acts up and then I give him a treat when I want to and when he is behaving! Heh!

I think he is, in a way, sort of like those hardened criminals in prison who claim they have accepted Jesus (and if that is sincere that is good of course). Often it is a game to say the right words and act out a role to get out of jail earlier...

Bailey is a great dog but he is smart, too. He and I have a great time trying to train the other!! But I agree with you, I think the dog is winning!! Heh!

6:47 AM  
Blogger juliana said...

oh, but it's so easy to fall for those doggy eyes... no wonder they can train us so easily, the sweet furry tail-wagging beasts!

(i don't have a dog now - no room but had a poodle some years ago)

8:46 AM  
Blogger Melli said...

Oh WOW! I forgot all about the Happy Pigeon opening today! Well... breakfast AND lunch at Nancy's only cost me $10 - with all the free coffee I could drink! I'm ready to float away! I better go to the gym and work it off so I can stop in at THP tonight for dinner! Ah! MY kind of day -- NO home cookin'! Hehehe... Makes ya wonder why I'm spendin' sO much time in the kitchen, huh?

Everyday huh? I NEVER would have guessed!!! You are WELL practiced... I hope you have ONE more in ya for tomorrow!

9:22 AM  
Blogger Melli said...

Oh... by the way... Jewl and Maggie are related too... somehow! Labs... Spaniels -- they're both dogs! Jewl will NOT drop a toy unless there's a treat involved! She's the best Trick-or-Treater I know!

9:24 AM  
Blogger Lori's Minute said...

It wouldn't be so bad if she were your dog and not Pennie's!Poor Betty....

11:51 AM  
Blogger Dragonstar said...

A dog is a dog is a dog... They know just how to get under our skins!

You'll do a great wordzzle, as ever, and I've really enjoyed your practising. Practice when ever you like.

2:01 PM  
Blogger Janvangogh said...

I think Tommy UK and Mrs. Trumble should run a build the rabbit workshop along side the build a bear one.

4:26 PM  
Blogger The Crazy Object B. said...

he he why does maggie look so guilty?
I might have blogged no promises.

4:54 PM  
Blogger Carletta said...

Practicing for the wordzzle - I thought I read a word or two earlier. I just know when I come here tomorrow you have an absolutely fantastic one to share!
Loved Maggie's story - pets do tend to train us for sure!

11:17 PM  
Blogger Chatty said...

I especially liked the opulent fella who dated Aunt Stella, and sneeze...knees
And, the denizens of Pigeon Falls are starting to get in my blood. But I have to disagree with Bob, because I love to get free pickles!

2:47 PM  

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