Not very long ago, I wrote a Post which included Ray’s morning routine*. Briefly, I am downstairs in our basement until around 8:00am at which time I come upstairs and into our kitchen.
Usually, between 7:30am and 8:00am, Carol will get up and give him his breakfast. When I come upstairs, Ray goes immediately into his crate/den, lays down, and waits for his biscuit from me.
On this past Tuesday, I had to be at the hospital at 8:15am and planned on walking there. I therefore started to get ready around 6:30am and left the house at 7:30am so, with me getting last minute things done together with the timing, Ray never got his biscuit from me.
I was back home at 11:00am on Wednesday. I had asked Carol to walk him before picking me up as I did not know quite how I would be feeling, and did not want to be greeted by an overexcited Ray. He was very good however and while seemingly puzzled over my absence, was very calm considering the circumstances.
When we got home, and while I was sitting in the kitchen, Ray sat right in front of me and stared. I was talking with Carol so ignored him but whenever I glanced back ….. he was staring at me. What was he trying to convey to me?
Ray clearly realized that I was not getting his message so suddenly turned, walked into his crate/den and lay down. This is typically the start of his early morning biscuit routine! Voila! The proverbial “light” went on! He did not get his biscuit from me earlier because I wasn’t there, but now I was there so “Where’s my biscuit Dad?”
Two interesting aspects of Ray came to light here. The first one was that whereas dogs may well live “in the moment”, his memory is very good when it comes to food routines and who does what. The second was his sense of entitlement! I found out, just after giving Ray his biscuit, that Carol had taken it upon herself to ensure that he got his 8:00am biscuit!
Ray is certainly “not just a pretty face”, but also an opportunist of the highest order!
* Related Post “Back to Crate Training” – April 25, 2015