Thursday, March 24, 2005

Our dog, the comedian



Jasmine loves sticks. Chewing them, chasing them, playing keep-away.

One of her favorite things, while out walking, is to find a really long stick.

The beavers are her associates in this game. They cut down a lot of saplings and leave them in the path.

Once Jasmine finds the big stick, she nonchalantly picks it up to chew on a bit.

Then, after you walk past her, she'll run ahead with her big stick and hit you on the back of the legs with it.

The first several times this happened, we chalked it up to an accident. An exuberant young dog not watching where she's going, and not realizing the breadth of such a long stick.

At length, when it kept happening, it finally dawned on us - she's doing it on purpose.

10 comments:

Magazine Man said...

LOL! Well, you know what they say: "Spare the rod, spoil the human."

I had a tiny beagle once who insisted on doing full-body checks every time she ran by you (she was so small this amounted to her whacking your calf, but occasionally she got high enough to head-butt the back of your knee and, at least once in my case, bring you down). Thanks for a good morning laugh...

swamp4me said...

Dogs do seem to have quite a sense of humor. They can also be very tricky in a subtle way. My dog plants herself between me and the stove while I am cooking -- she figured out long ago that if I stumbled over her, good things would fall from the sky...

Eva said...

It looks to me like she's preparing to enter the javelin event :-)

sugarcreekfarm said...

I'm so jealous that you can take a walk with her off-leash. As soon as Ike is let off he has to patrol his territory, which extends to all of the neighbors a quarter mile in each direction. Maybe the next Pyr we get should be a female. Of course DH says there won't be a next time, but who drove me 700 miles to pick up this one? Love Pyrs.

happyandblue2 said...

What a nice dog. Mine used to body check me. Then it looked like it was smiling..

Hick said...

My Jasmine (Jazz) does the same thing. She plays "stupid dog", but she knows exactly what she is doing.

Jerry Halstead said...

Zeke does this too. My favorite is when the stick is more of a log and almost too heavy for him to carry. He'll be running with it and his whole body is in a contorted "oh, don't mind me, everything is fine!" attitude.

And then...*whack*...back of the legs with a tree trunk.

The cat never does that...

Rurality said...

Jasmine does the full body checks at full speed sometimes when she gets all wound up. We have learned to watch out!

At one time I had an idea to post a series of pictures with titles like "the bruise that I got when Jasmine pushed me into the fence," "the cut I got when Jasmine leaned on me too hard near the chicken coop," and so forth. There was going to be a dog section, a chicken section, and a duck section...

The off-leash thing works because we've plugged up most of the holes in the fence (on one side) and there is water on the other side, which she is deathly afraid of. She never used to roam at all but now wants out of the fence really really bad.

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Maktaaq said...

Today I saw a dog, not like yours, but big, running around with a big stick. And I thought, "Jasmine!"