Sometime ago, Ray initiated a desire to wash our hands after dinner*. We never really understood why, particularly as we rarely have “finger food”, so concluded that either he simply believes that our hands need a good licking, or it is a grooming sign of affection thing!
Just recently, the evening hand wash routine has been a little inconsistent and, as before, we have no reasons that would explain it unless perhaps he likes us a little less due to being reprimanded for coming within “tongue reach” of our dinner plates?
Ray’s problem (our problem), is that he uses his face, his eyes, and every other weapon at his disposal to achieve his own agenda. At dinner time, his agenda is to get as close as possible and watch very carefully. If I even wave food remotely in his direction**, he sees that as an offering which would be rude to decline … and suddenly a piece of food has disappeared!
He has even been known to wait until we are distracted***and then help himself to whatever he can reach. Those designers of “stealth” military weapons should come and observe him because he is very good at it!
Ray is therefore constantly being told to “Go to your chair” or “Go to your bed” which he generally does and watches us from there! Periodically he will get up and come back to us but this time, knowing the limitations, he will go into a “down” position (“Look … I‘m no threat! I can’t reach your food from here”). Then he will use his full arsenal of cuteness to try and weaken our resolve. We try to ignore him.
This is probably the excuse for his recent desire to wash my legs! He started doing it from his “down” position in front of me and, while being washed by a dog’s tongue is not the “smoothest” of experiences, I have no problem with it if it makes him happy.
This was the routine for a few weeks but then things changed. While I was finishing my dinner, and having a leg wash, I suddenly realised that he was now washing my knees. He cannot possibly wash my knees from a “down” position! As soon as I realized how close he was getting, it was a “To your bed” directive. He went back and voiced his objections before settling down once again!
Never under-estimate a devious dog!
*See Post “Hands Washed Anybody?” – April 19, 2015
**See Post “Pumpkin Pie & Whipping Cream” – November 8, 2014
***See Post “An Impressive Tongue” – May 5, 2015