Monday, May 9, 2011

Dogs Are Sociopaths -- Part 5 -- Intelligence

Doesn’t a dog notice that when it goes from one room to another it walks freely through an open door? When that same door is closed, do they really think they can simply scratch through it? Or better yet, dig under it?

How about when they go outside? Even if there is plenty of unplanted dirt around, why do they have to dig up your flowers, garden, or your entire lawn?  What about swallowing rocks? And last but not least, what about that nasty little habit some of them have, that involves eating their own poop? Some dogs are not very smart…

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This is the last entry on dogs for a while. I do, however, have a few things to say about my favorite (truly) animals. Cats...

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34 comments:

Lolamouse said...

If I'm sweeping the floor, my dogs will be sure to walk THROUGH the pile of dirt and debris before I've swept it up so I have to sweep it again. My dog eats Chapstick.

Cheeseboy said...

Eating rocks? Why have I never heard of this? Strange.

laughingmom said...

Our dog scratches at the door if we purposely close him out to let us know that he is there and we aren't. But, when accidentally shut into the closet, he'll just patiently sit there and wait for someone to find him.

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

i had an appreciation and a high opinion of the intelligence of dogs but after reading your post/pots... i'm not so sure.

are you a cat fan, Pat lol!

betty

Ren- Lady Of The Arts said...

I think the eating shit issue is one of the main reasons I hate my dog-

Brian said...

I never heard of eating rocks either, doesn't sound too tasty!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Looking forward to the cat ones!

Ms. A said...

Dogs DO eat some strange things! In their defense, when they love you, they love you... no matter what. People, on the other hand, not so much.

Sally in WA said...

You have definitely touched a nerve with me today on dogs and doors and dirt. Can't wait for your insights on cats.

Marlene said...

So true...all of it! LOL! I still love my dog. (And I'm a cat lover too, so it will be interesting to see what you come up with for them!)

Chuck said...

My male dog has tried to eat rocks on several occasions and keeps forgetting they are not edible. He does however find other animal's poop worth trying to eat.

Cornelia eats wood...TV table legs, chair legs, cabinet corners, etc. And God don't let her find the seam of the carpet!

Clarissa Draper said...

Yeah, my dog does that! I love him though, as stupid as she is.

I also love cats.

Pat Tillett said...

Lola - Yep! they are just like kids... If I remember correctly, I once ate a tube of chapstick.

Cheeseboy - Oh yeah! It's very common (especially larger dogs).

laughingmom - He's not really sitting in the closet quietly, he's contemplating what he's going to do to your stuff next time you leave him home alone!

Betty M - I love them also, but I always keep an eye open, because I understand them better than most.

Ren - Maybe he's lobbying for a tic-tac or something! It is kind of gross though...

Brian - Not even the vets have figured it out.

Alex - I won't make people suffer through several posts on cats, it may only take one of two. I don't want to say much because they can read our minds you know...

Ms A - They are loyal, that's for sure. More so than most people!

Sally - We only know as much about cats as they let us know...

Marlene - If our cats don't cut the computer cables, it will be soon!

Betty -

Peevie Juice said...

I don't like dogs. This whole notion of pets turns me off.

Humans live in houses.

Animals live in forests.

Bah.

Pat Tillett said...

Chuck - It sounds like youg pooches have all the major non-food groups covered!

Clarissa - I like them all, but I couldn't live with a dog again...

Peevie - And where do they live if there are no forests around? I like dogs, but they remind me of uncontrolled children!

Ricky said...

Luckily my dog doesn't do those things....but he does lick himself which isn't a nice sound to hear in the middle of the night (his bed is in a corner of my bedroom).

SquirrelQueen said...

Ew, another reason I don't have any dogs around.

Be careful that the cats don't see what you post, you could be in for some serious trouble if they do! MOL!

Cake Betch said...

While all of the things you say do have some merit, you just can't beat the bond you get with a well behaved, loving, well trained dog. I OBVIOUSLY don't have one of those, but I still love him to pieces anyway.

Genie said...

When Jack, our "developmentally challenged” schnauzer goes to the happy hunting ground for dogs, it will be a done deal. No more. He cannot ever turn around and walk out of the bathroom....he backs out. And he is trying to dig his way to China in our dining room. Ah, the life of a pet!

Marguerite said...

And the worse part is after they eat their poop and lick their behind and then want to lick you! Gross! lol

Copyboy said...

Swallowing rocks? No way. Way?

altadenahiker said...

Then again, I never knew a dog who invested in Enron, believed in a ponzi scheme, or listened to Palin.

John McElveen said...

Brilliant observation!!!

Except the last one--That can come in Handy!

J

Stephen Tremp said...

Ever seen a cat chase their own tail? I haven't. Cats are very smart. In fact, they're plotting together to take over the world. If you could open up their heads, you'd see a little green man at the controls. Then they'll strike in unison, and there's nothing we can do to stop them.

Bossy Betty said...

OK, OK, You've finally convinced me!

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

Glad I don't have a canine. They are too much (too much of everything).
xoRobyn

Shrinky said...

Jake eats rocks, and snotty tissues (thankfully not shit..), and he bays at my elbow - loudly - every time I try to talk on the phone. He also can successfully batter every door in the house open when he wants to come through, but can he ever CLOSE one?? Nahhh, that's for us, his servants, to do! Good job I love him, eh?

Sharon Wagner said...

Cats rule.

Chris Phillips said...

cats are way worse than dogs.

Pearl said...

Liza Bean Bitey (of the Mpls Biteys) and Dolly Gee Squeakers (formerly of the Humane Society Squeakers) eagerly await your pieces on cats.

And if the pieces are, shall we say, less than complimentary, I wouldn't accept any packages for a while if I were you. I wouldn't say they can be vindictive, but they can get pretty imaginative with a hairball...

Pearl

Steadfast Ahoy! said...

I once had a dog that ate an arm and leg off a sofa!!!! and lived to tell about it. The dog that came before that one, ate a plastic, magnetized pin collector, pins and all. She loved me--I took her to the vet and paid a million dollars for said vet to feed her a dozen soggy donuts to help the pins pass. Go figure.
Rosemary

tapirgal said...

I wish you wonderful travels, and I look forward to the PHOTOS!

Arjan said...

I love both cats and dogs. They both have their own positive and negative habits which most of the time can only for a part be prevented by training/punishing.
My sister has these movement sensor watersprays. When a cat dares enter their open kitchen it gets sprayed with a bit of water and sometimes..the cats remember that when they enter the kitchen they get sprayed..so they don't.

Baby Sister said...

They're just kind of...dense or something.