Pretty Clever, Dude!

September 3, 2009

I mentioned that Phoebe takes Chase’s toy, puts them in a dog bed, and then lies on them so he can’t get them.  If he comes close, trying to talk her into releasing a hostage or two, she curls her lip at him and he backs off — you do not mess with a pregnant bitch.  He comes to me, but I think they need to work it out — I don’t plan to be the go between for a pair of bright dogs.  Last night, Chase finally had an epiphany.  He went outside.  When he returned, he was carrying one perfect apple — by just its stem.  He carried it around Phoebe until he was sure she had seen it, and wanted it — if for no other reason than because he had it.  He stood about two feet in front of her and gently laid the apple on the carpet.  Then he stood back, made a wide circle around the apple and Phoebe.  He stopped about four feet to the side of the dog bed.  It was the Garden of Eden all over again.  Phoebe could not resist the perfect apple.  She stood up and walked over to get the prize.  Chase darted in and grabbed one of his toys, raced over to the couch, leaped onto the back behind me, shaking the toy as he went.  Phoebe gave him the evil eye and took the apple back to the dog bed.  She laid back down on the rest of his toys and ate her apple.

I laughed until I had tears in my eyes.  I think these puppies might be very tricky.


  1. Holly says:

    I love how intelligent our breed is! Good boy Chase!

    When Demi was pregnant, and she had a coveted bone, she had an invisible “zone” where no other dog was allowed. Sabrina was waiting on the sofa for that bone. All of a sudden, she made an “alarm bark” that there was an intruder. All the other dogs went running, barking to the door as Sabrina jumped off the sofa, grabbed the bone left behind, and brought it back up to the sofa, very proud of herself.

  2. Dawn says:

    Oh Dear, what a clever boy. Lets hope the puppies don’t get too much smart thinking from this pair, or they will take over the world! WOW!

  3. Haha! Smart boy! Sometimes boys can be smarter than girls *G*

  4. Taryn says:

    And “they” say dogs have no conscious thoughts…….Yea, right!!!

  5. Sharrie Brockhaus says:

    That sounds like a well thought out plan. Now, I hope those puppies do not get TOO smart before they go on to other homes, or you will have a real handful.

  6. baledwr says:

    It’s a good thing they don’t have thumbs…that’s all I can say….

    And yes, I’m at work cracking up over imagining Chase working this thru…no wonder my co-workers think I’m odd

  7. Dawn Small says:

    LOL!! What a smart boy! And yes, it’s a good think Cardigans don’t have opposable thumbs — they WOULD take over the world. Let’s hear it for the “Garden of Eden” litter. 😉

  8. Kathy says:

    Priceless! I can just see Chase setting that apple down and Phoebe giving him the hairy eyeball! Sounds like they’re quite a match for one another!

    OK, clearly these puppies are going to be SMART little dogs. Perhaps the litter theme might need to include names of famous intellectuals..Einstein, Marie, daVinci, Newton…?

  9. Carol says:

    ROFL! That Chase is something else!