Sunday, December 18, 2005

Top Dog

Look carefully. There are two dogs in this photo. You can click on the photo to enlarge it.
What happens when there is only one chair that dogs are allowed on in the house and it's a two dog household? The dog who gets the chair first, gets to keep it. Cocoa who is the dog on the bottom usually wins and because she's old just parks herself in the chair all day. Sometimes Kahlil (top dog in the photo) gets it first, but Cocoa has a way to trick him into giving it up. She goes to the back door and whines to go out. I get up, and open the door. Kahlil hears the door open and comes running to go out also. As soon as Kahlil is out the door, Cocoa runs back to the sunroom to get the chair. She never really wanted to go outside. She just wanted to get Kahlil off of the chair.
In the picture though, Kahlil had decided that the old rule about the first one getting the chair is going to be changed. He's over 70lbs., but Cocoa will not budge. If you look closely though you can see that his butt is on one arm of the chair and his foot is on the other arm so his full weight is not on Cocoa.
Every time I see Cocoa trick Kahlil off of the chair, I'm amazed at her thought process. Is she actually planning to get him off the chair or did she just get conditioned that whining at the back door will get me the chair.

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  1. Awww, poor Cocoa. Not respect for the elderly... ;)

  2. I vote for she understands and planned. Remember, they are predators. They plan out hunts and use team work. Their ability to plan lets them work together and with us to manage large numbers of much larger animals, or huge numbers of smaller animals (e.g., chickens). They also understand a lot more of what we say than people give them credit for. Cocoa is obviously a smart cookie.

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