I don't want them to grow up too quickly and miss what being young and carefree is all about.
I want them to enjoy it all. But being their mom, I want to be part of their enjoyment too...So far so good.
My other children- the Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers

Friday, 11 February 2011

I don't speak 'Puppy" and my 'teen' is a bit rusty

A big transformation has happened in our home. Our puppy now speaks. At nine months, she has found her voice and though I don't speak 'puppy', I do get some of the things she wants by where she stands in the room. Something else new- The teen chicks have regressed from speaking out loud. They will have arthriatis in their thumbs by the time they are 25 with the amount or texting they do.

Puppy transformation is fun if not a bit of a game for me. I am easily amused so puppy tricks are fun for me most of the time. If she stands near her food bowl or by the water bowl are easy ones. She stands staring at me near these spots and growls in a sort of ruff whinny sort of way. I feed and water these noises. 

She does a similar sound with a higher pitch ruff when she wants to go out. Again, easy. 

Then there is the waking me up out of bed noise which I think I only hear part of as she does it at a very early hour to wake me up so I don't catch the whole noise, I just get some and then the action to go with it. Little black tongue up my nose. Yuck first thing in the morning. I never should have brought her up to our bedroom when Rooster got stuck in New York at Christmas time.

Tonight was a new noise and I am clueless. There she stood while I was catching up on blogs, and ruffed in a quizzical way while staring straight at me and added a little bounce. She'd been fed and watered and had been out so really what was left but to annoy me. she has two other dogs to play with so I really didn't feel the need to get down on my knees and play with a pull toy with her and she's a fat little thing so I wasn't going to give her more food.  Oops, she just swung and smacked a rope toy in older dogs face and sent older dog off in a huff. Glad I don't speak dog as I think dog just gave puppy the

Thinking about it, My chick teens are like the puppy. They don't really speak but do a lot of starring at me. They stand in front of the fridge or oven magically expecting food to materialize. They drink from cartons and taps. Puppy tries to drink from the downstairs loo like the big dogs, so cute. I hope the teens don't pick up on this habit. 

The teens sometimes just say 'thank you' for no reason and out of context. This really throws me. "For what?" I say but then get nothing. Sometimes they even say 'hello'. I throw them a biscuit for that. 

Sometimes I talk to the teen chicks like I talk to the dogs, that does not go over well and I get a lot of noise from them, especially the girl chick.  A 'good girl' or 'clean puppy' doesn't wash with a teenager. 

Yes, sometimes I have better conversations and more fun with the dogs then I do with the teens. They are instantly gratified with a treat and I don't get back talk. 


  1. Oh this made me laugh! Thank you so much someone who gets more from their dogs at times than from the family - I land up having highly satisfactory conversations with my dogs!

  2. I loved this! I have great long conversations with my cats who listen patiently then yawn. They know to indulge me because I offer so many nice things in return, especially a lap.

    The teens on the other hand are like the tide--sometimes completely 'in' and in conversation mode, and at other times 'out' and not in the mood for English as we know it.

  3. I'm so glad that there are other pups and cats talking to their owners too!