Someone told me years ago that dogs do not reason (think). I always believed it and when I considered anyone’s dog I didn’t think much about the tricks they learned. Any dog can learn tricks. Not until Butch and Buffy came into my life did my opinion change. These are two Jack Russell territories were amazing. Sweet brother and sister, and both fighting for dominance. (Photo: My niece Laura with Butch and Buffy)
I began watching how they seemed to know the things I was saying and doing. Like when I would ask my husband, “Do you want some popcorn,” they would get all excited and start happily scurrying to follow me into the kitchen. Ordinarily I could go and come from a room without them doing anything, but not when the word popcorn was said. I didn’t think much of it, but I did tease and say the word popcorn occasionally just to watch them get excited. If I spelled the word to my husband, they stayed quiet, but when the wonderful smell of popcorn hit their nose, up and away!
One evening Buffy showed just how smart she is. We amazingly saw that she does think and can reason. Here’s the story:
Butch was sitting with my husband on a recliner in our den. Buffy would not dare to intrude, she knew better. But she desperately wanted to get up in that chair and sit with her Papa. We noticed her standing in the middle of the room, looking at Butch as though she needed to do something to get him off her Papa’s lap. Truly, I had no idea she was thinking and reasoning what to do. She turned and left the room and went to the front door and started barking, as though someone was there. No one was there, but immediately Butch jumped out of the recliner and raced to the door to see who it was. While he charged to the door, Buffy ran into the den and jumped up on the recliner and into my husband’s lap. My husband and I looked at each other in amazement and said, Wow.
Poor duped Butch walked back into the den and stood there looking up at Buffy sitting there like queen of the recliner. If dogs could talk I’m sure Butch wanted to say, “Don’t try that again”