We knew a long time ago that Ray loved to clean out our yogurt containers, and it had become a regular treat for him. Whenever we reached the bottom of a container, Ray was close by just waiting to get his tongue into it!
The other day was very typical. We had lunch around noon during which time he lay on the floor close by, just in case we needed his assistance! For dessert I opened a yogurt container and, after taking what I wanted from it, gave it to Ray to clean it out. What I had not realized was that, while I was distracted with Ray, Carol had gone into the refrigerator and taken out another yogurt container which was also nearly empty. She simply took what she wanted and left the container on the counter knowing that Ray would like to take care of it.
An empty yogurt container will keep Ray occupied for quite some time as he chases it around the floor. He will eventually trap it between his front paws but then, as soon as he starts twisting around to reach those “hard to get” areas, he generally loses control of it and chases the container around the floor once again. As remarkable as he is with using his paws, an empty yogurt container will still keep him busy for at least 5 minutes!
The first clue we had, that something was not quite right, was after lunch when Carol and I were chatting. We noticed that Ray was just standing a short distance away and staring at us. We carried on with our conversation as Ray holding eye contact is not an unusual situation however, when I looked up later, he was still staring at us. A few moments later, he turned around and we thought that he was going to go and chill out somewhere but no. He now seemed to be staring at the kitchen sink area.
Ray does odd things like this on a regular basis, and it always gets our attention as we try to work out what he is trying to tell us. In the absence of any conclusion, our general “last resort” comment to each other is the rhetorical “Who knows what he is up to?”
We carried on talking and, when I looked over at Ray, he was once again standing facing us. Seemingly as soon as he realized that he had my attention, he turned and faced the kitchen sink cabinet again. He turned back to me and repeated the process but this time, when he turned to face the sink cabinet, he moved closer to it such that his nose almost touched the counter top … and then everything was explained. Close to the edge of the counter top, was the yogurt container that Carol had put on one side for him!
I had one of those “Duh!” moments (slaps side of head)! Ray was successful in his goal to get the second container but he must wonder, sometimes, what planet we are from!