I know, food is wonderful. That’s why I started a food blog, and why I spend my days in the kitchen and reading about food. So, there isn’t much I wouldn’t do for food either. However, I believe my dogs would trade me in for half a hot dog if they had the choice. Okay, maybe not Yumi or Lily, but Jasmine the pug, she wouldn’t skip a beat.
Let me back up a bit.
We have three dogs and a cat. Because our backyard is up against a busy street, we don’t like to let the cat outside, so we take the dogs out every once and a while to go to the bathroom. We then hung up bells on the door handle to the backyard. We would shake the bells when we let the dogs out so they would know to shake the bells if they wanted to go out. When they ring the bells to go out and go potty, they get a treat.
This pug…she learned fast. She knew that if she rang the bells, went outside, and came back in without going potty, that she would get a treat. So now we must watch her, and make sure she goes potty. What does she do then? She PRETENDS to go to the bathroom. Smooth Jasmine…smooth.
Now tonight, she rang the bell, waited patiently and I let her out. I watched her go potty, then gave her a treat for going outside. What does she do? Not five minutes later she is shaking the bells again. This was about an hour ago now; she is still shaking them. That’s okay Jasmine keep shaking them, I can outlast you. I consider this a lesson for when I become a parent. How to outlast someone making an annoying sound for hours with the hopes that I will give in. Not tonight pug. Better luck next time.
I have to say, it is incredible to me how smart animals are, and what they will do to get what they want, especially when it comes to food.
*She has stopped, and is asleep now, snoring like a monster. She did not need to use the bathroom. I would never keep my dogs from going to the bathroom when they really needed it. So please, no hate mail. *