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Monday, June 16, 2008

The "DG"

Our Shih Tzu, Tucker, has ESP. It is the only way to explain how he knows the dog groomer is coming to our house to give him a haircut.

Kim is a nice young woman who grooms little dogs on the side while she attends school. The last time she was coming, Tucker refused to get out of his kennel (which, by the way, has no door so he goes in and out as he pleases). The kids came home from school and he would not go out into the yard for his daily “relief”. They tried coaxing him with cookies. No go. They tried his toys. Nope. Finally my husband called me at work: “He knows she’s coming today”.

What? ”That’s ridiculous!”, I replied.

“Tara, he knows. We can’t get him out of his kennel.”

“Well, does he read the family calendar and know she’s coming? Can he understand ‘Dog Groomer’? Does he even understand English?”

“I’m telling you, he knows."

When I came home he was on the driveway being groomed. My family explained to me they tilted his kennel cage a little so that he finally came spilling out and Kim grabbed him.

She comes again this afternoon. Last night, this set off family trauma.

When the phone rang last evening my 7 year old said with a wink, “Mom, it is the DG on the phone. You know who!”

“Oh, yeah, don’t say the word!” said my eldest daughter. I protested how crazy this all was. “Mom”, said my college guy, “Somehow he just knows. Don’t talk about it in front of him”. I shook my head, looking to my husband for backup.

“It’s true”, he said, looking dismayed, “That dog just knows.” They all nodded in agreement.

Is it me? Is it possible? I wonder what will happen today when I come home from work. And can you believe this—they turned the family calendar around so he can’t read it!





29 comments:

Cottage Contessa said...

LOL! Oh Tara, this post had me laughing because yes, they certainly DO know! I can't find our cat or dog when it's time for groomers or the Vet, and when we are just driving by the Vet's office with the dog in the car, with no intent to actually go there that day, the dog will start crying really loudly and hide her face in her paws! lol Sweetie, I just wanted to thank you for your GORGEOUS tea set give away. I sent you an email last week when it arrived, but I don't know if I sent that email to the right address. Tara it's so beautiful and I love it so very, very much!! Thank you thank you thank you! I hope you're having a wonderful week dear friend!
Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

amanda said...

Oh, they are sooooo smart! Mine used to know when it was vet day. He would hide in the weirdest places!

And the yard looks wonderful! The gazebo looks like the perfect place for sipping tea and relishing late summer evenings.

Amanda:)

KarenHarveyCox said...

Tara, you really gave me a good laugh, especially about the calendar turned around. Your family sounds so cute that they care about him so much. They are such smart dogs, who knows but your kids might be right! Karen

Janet said...

We have a "hHuse Call Vet" or as we call her The Drive Thru Vet and my cats know her Volvo, I swear and they certainly know her voice. If they are not corralled in the bathroom when she arrives for the annual visit, you might as well send her on her way because they have hidden and are not about to be found.

Janet

karlascottage.typepad.com said...

I am convinced one of my dogs can read my mind, she always knows what I am going to do before I do it!

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

Tara, my dog is the same way...only it's about getting his nails clipped. He is such a big baby about it. Love, love, love what your DH did to the big yard. Looks fabulous dahlin!

Donna said...

How funny, Tara! Your family sounds so great!

Dogs do know, you know.

Hugs,
Donna

Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...

HA, I am cracking up. That is so funny. Especially about turning around the calendar, just in case he can read! LOL!!!

Carletta said...

Tara this was too funny! I was giggling about turning the calendar around :)
Hope you're having a wonderful day.

Connie said...

Sweet lady, you're life is even funnier than mine and mine is pretty humorous!!! Love your blog and am adding you to my Google Reader and blog list! Visit with me, won't you, my sweet chickadee?????

Smoochies,
Connie

Deb said...

Yes, I really think Dogs DO know :-}. Such a cute story Tara.

Paul Sears Photography said...

Too funny! Animals have 6th sense...

Cori G. said...

Hi Tara,
THEY KNOW! THEY KNOW! My little Elmo has a huge vocabulary. There are certain things my hubby and I can't say because he knows what we're saying. Your dog is probably super intelligent and knows everything you say.

Joy at Cupids Charm said...

Hi Tara! Oh yes they know! So glad to see someone else post about this. Mr. Cupid and I have taken to S-P-E-L-L-I-N-G things out. Our little Barkley is always one step ahead of us! Enjoyed your sweet post! ~ xoxo ~ Joy

Life on Bonnie Lane said...

This was so funny. I wonder how they know, but they do! We can't say OUT in front of the dog, and now we can't even spell O-U-T or he knows.

When I used to put my dog in the crate, he would automatically go into the crate before we were about to leave. I wondered how he knew then realized that as soon as he saw me brushing my teeth, he knew I was leaving the house. Crazy what they pick up on!

Kady

Tracy said...

Soooo funny, Tara! It's IS TRUE...dogs know...they KNOW when they have to go to the groomer or the vet. Out cat is the same way, he knows when it's vet day. We've tried spelling too...nope, he knows! LOL! Happy Day ((HUGS))

Rosie's Whimsy said...

The poor dear! Our little Lucy loves going to the groomer and wiggles with delight when we walk through the door. I wonder if she gives Lucy cookies?!

:-) Rosie

Sandi McBride said...

Tara, they know...take it from me...even cats "know" when something they don't like is about to take place. THEY KNOW!
Sandi

Mary said...

Oh Tara, that is just too funny! I totally believe it, though. They CAN sense a visit to the vet, or the groomer. He's a real cutie, btw!
xoxo,
mary

Joy said...

LOL....just too funny! Dogs do sense things like that don't they?

CIELO said...

They're so smart! I know exactly what you mean, mine is the same--he's so smart he even speaks in two languages; he is bilingual!

Haven't seen a pic of your garden yet--hope you can participate.

Hugs

Cielo

bluemuf said...

Yes Tara, they know!! I'm not sure how but it's true. And, it's the same with cats. Many times I didn't think I would make the appointment on time because they hid on me. You have to love them.

Hugs Karen

Magnolia Street Style said...

I'm a cat person, but yes I do believe that our pets can read. It's time to learn a foreign language. We just tell our cat what she wants to hear and hope that she believes it.

Pat said...

Some dogs are very smart aren't they? It's so cute how Tucker held fast in his kennel! I hope he will enjoy his summer haircut after it is done :-)

Hugs, Pat

PS Please come by my blog and enter my 100 post give away!

M.Kate said...

Hi Tara, REALLY??? maybe he has ESP, what a funny post, I was laughing all the way hahahaha..no dog grooming for me, just rabbits, way too many of them!!

SilverBell Cottage said...

Oh, that is hilarious. What a precious pooch, having to be "spilled" out of his kennel for a new doo.
Alexandra

spot said...

dear T
of course we know, we have spent thousands of years training you to go for walks, prepare food etc. Your minds are but a blank page on which we can write the necessary instructions. Can I recommend a book for your dog, "One Hundred ways for a dog to train its human" ghost written by Simon Whaley.

Alicia ~ Time Worn Style said...

Oh that is SO funny, yes I think they do have ESP. I remember reading an article to explain this in that the experts say that dogs can read the tiniest bit of body language and put two and two together. I just think they really do have ESP.
Alicia

Firefly Nights said...

That was a cute story, and yes, they do know about such things.