Humans’ only function is as labor-saving devices for dogs.

All else is illusion.

Also: The things I see when I’m not holding a camera, if you only knew…

So it’s post-walkie and Tobie is playing with the remnant of his knuckle bone before the morning nap. It takes a bad hop and winds up behind the far front leg of the woodstove, which is rumbling dangerously away at that moment. Tobie moves in for the retrieval, only to find every part of the approach uncomfortably hot. He tries again and then deploys his tool: he walks over to me and gives me the Stare of Expectation which, since I watched the whole thing fearful that he was really going to burn himself, I immediately understood and acted upon. He took the bone from me and headed back to his bed without a hint of thanks. One doesn’t thank a hammer for correctly planting a nail.

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10 Responses to Humans’ only function is as labor-saving devices for dogs.

  1. Anonymous says:

    Ah yes, the famous “Stare of Expectation” that any one with a dog knows. Our little fur ball walked up to me the other day and gave me the “stare” and it took me a few minutes to figure out the water dish needed to be filled. The other common “message” is the top-of-the-stairs-stare – that is always time to go out.

  2. ka9vsz says:

    Is Tobie part cat? I get that look and no thanks from the feline constantly. Although, being a cat, no matter how I respond, it’s not what she wanted even if it was.

  3. Joel says:

    I sometimes suspect that all dogs are part cat. Or at least attend cat behavioral training at some point in their early development.

  4. ka9vsz says:

    Joel: You’re on to something there. Too bad most dogs fail the Litter Box Use portion of the course.

  5. Ben says:

    Both dogs and cats are great students of human behavior, that’s what makes so damn successful on an evolutionary scale.

    Also, who is training who? Are you teaching your dog to do tricks for treats? Or is the dog teaching you to dispense treats on command?

  6. matismf says:

    At least he did not fart as he went away.
    Or did he?

  7. Anonymous says:

    Hey, he tried to do it himself before the big, sad puppy eyes were turned on you.
    So there is that.

    boynsea

  8. Anonymous says:

    The fact that he waited without barking was the courtesy. If you would have retrieved it before he had to ask, which is what humans are supposed to do, he would have given you a thank you look over his shoulder.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Have you seen those talking buttons for dogs and cats? I am tempted to try them

  10. VietVet says:

    Now that’s funny 😄

    My fur ball lives outside
    The colder it is the better he likes it.

To the stake with the heretic!