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  1. katry Says:

    Quote from Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe

  2. Hedley Says:

    Maggie the Westie and I ride.

    Maggie knows its saturday and so the process begins. She follows me around the house, starts to head butt my legs and finally verbally expressing that she wants to ride in the car. I have been known to take her around the block or down to the Kroger shopping center and back if I do not have a destination.

    Saturday is task day. The Bank or Panera or Home Depot or some combination thereof. Maggie sits on the front arm rest and surveys all around her. If I leave her in the car she will lay down on the front seat but jump up when she hears the doors unlock. The only exception might be Costco where there is just too much action to rest.

    I usually will scrub Maggie’s ears or her snout while we are out cruising. She appreciates this. The carwash means a treat (for Maggie not me) . Saturdays are a good day for the Terrier and me.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I so love dogs and their routines. Maggie knows what she expects from you and is quite insistent on getting it. I love the around the block ruse. Maggie knows she has had her ride and will be content.

      When I put shoes on instead of slippers, Gracie runs around the house running a circle from dining room to hall to living room to door. She knows we’re going our or at least she thinks it is we.

      I talk to Gracie all the time while we’re riding. She stands on the console beside me and will put her face on my cheek. I then pat her, and we’re both content.

      I hope you and Maggie have a wonderful ride soon!

  3. Hedley Says:

    Kat, you have it completely correct, two laps of the neighborhood and Maggie is completely happy….she jumps out of the car and finds Mrs Hedley to discuss her road trip.

    I love the fact that dogs train us to meet their needs. They establish signals, signs and noises that make sure we fully understand what is required.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      I am totally trained to Gracie’s bells. When she was a puppy, she used to stand at the door and hope I’d notice. It is in a different room than where I spend my time so I didn’t. She’d do her business right by the door. My friend gave me poochie bells. It only took a couple of days for Gracie to make the connection between ringing the bells and me running to her and opening the door.

      This morning she woke me up at 7. She was ringing her bells, and I ran downstairs and let her outside. I am well trained.

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