Well trained…

Bodhi is such a sweet, smart dog. I admit that I do still compare him to my previous dog who passed away a few years ago. Funny how with each passing year she becomes ever more perfect. 🙂

But Bodhi is great too, just in different ways. Every morning as we enter the kitchen, I say, “Do you want to eat breakfast, or do you want to go out first?” If he doesn’t do something immediately I turn and look at him and ask again, “Do you want to eat, or go out?” If he drops violently down on his belly just outside the kitchen, I start making his breakfast. This is easy to explain, as anyone who has ever heard me in the house with either dog say “out of the kitchen!” When I am making food, his or mine, he is supposed to get out of the kitchen.

The other night my rumi, Amy was over and she mentioned something about the way I have “conversations” with Bodhi. This got me thinking. Of course they aren’t real conversations, but I usually feel like we are communicating. As I was going in to the kitchen this morning, I suddenly wondered, wait, do I really know which he wants? Or am I just assuming? I mean, I know that some days I make his breakfast and some days I take him out first, that must mean something, right? I decided to put it to the test. “Do you want to eat breakfast, or do you want to go out first?” Bodhi came rushing across the kitchen and sat down behind me. I totally cracked up. I laughed all the way out the door. This is easy to explain too. When we are going for a walk, I don’t let him go ahead of me, and if he does, I stop moving and wait till he hops (he really does, hops and leaps, usually kind of frantically) backwards to more or less the “heel” position.

He’s got me well trained.



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