Ray is awesome!
With “used and inconsequential dogs” in the past, let’s get back to more heart warming (snow warming?) and less frustrating Posts!
I don’t think that I’ve mentioned this before, but when Ray poops in the garden at this time of year, locating the “treasure” can be quite a challenge. For those of you who do not get the pleasure of snow, there are a couple of things that can complicate matters for the “treasure hunters”.
Noting that poop is initially quite warm, and snow can melt quite easily, it should be no surprise that the poop can bury itself quite fast! A light snowfall is not an issue because the final resting place is generally visible however, with a significant snow fall it can be quite a challenge trying to find the buried “treasure”. Add a gusty wind into the scenario, and there are no signs of anything!
Ray caught on very quickly with “Show me”. He would wander into whichever room I was in and just stare at me. “What’s up buddy? Show me what you want” would usually turn him around and I would follow him to the refrigerator, the back door, the refrigerator, his food bowl, or the refrigerator. The instruction was eventually condensed to simply “Show me!”
(As an aside, somebody once said about their own dog “If he ever finds out how to open the refrigerator door, we’re in trouble!” That statement is also very true here!)
Last winter, there was an occasion when I had no idea where he had pooped. His usual spots were undisturbed snow, so more out of instinct than any calculating on my part I said “Where’s your poop buddy? Show me.” Without any hesitation, he wandered across the garden, stopped, and pointed his nose to the ground. That was exactly where it was! This winter he has taken that level of cooperation to a whole new level.
A couple of weeks ago, Carol let him out so that he could poop, and then started getting dressed for the -10C conditions. She then went out and got the container and trowel. It would seem that as soon as Ray saw her with the container and trowel, he immediately went over to where he had pooped and pointed with his nose.
This process has been repeated so we are quite convinced that it is intentional assistance! Much as he complicates our lives (and he’s really good at that), we have to recognize his efforts to help out and be a contributing member of our family.
Ray is awesome!
So how do we get him up to the next level? That is where he collects the trowel and container on his way out; scoops his poop into the container; empties the container into the garbage bag, and puts the container and trowel back ready for next time. I guess that may take a while!