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You can’t teach an old dog new tricks | Personal


Look at my little puppy. She is just so cute I can’t stand it.

You would think that being 15+ years old would have taught her a few things over the years. But oh no not Pooch.

She embraces thinking something is there but it isn’t. She has done this since she was a puppy. She will convince herself that she remembers something being somewhere once. That once could have been years ago. But she will try to disprove herself, over and over.

In this instance, she is convinced there is something to eat on this table. Yes, over a week ago Isabella had made a spa product as a favor for her birthday party. The lavender sugar scrub was in a mason jar, wrapped in tissue paper and tied with ribbon. But to Pooch she had hit the jackpot. After knocking a few of them onto the ground and trying her best to get into the mason jar, she was discouraged to find out that there was nothing edible in the packing, nothing at all!

But she will keep trying.

Anyone who knows Pooch knows this habit of hers. She will scratch on a cabinet for hours on end. You can open that cabinet and show her what’s in there but that doesn’t help. One day in her life there had been something behind a cabinet door that she wanted and that’s all she can remember. Who knows when, who knows what cabinet. It doesn’t matter.

She will sniff under the oven for what seems like days (once when we lived in NYC a mouse ran under our stove so she has had this fetish ever since). She is just hoping with her Jack Russell genes that a rodent is somewhere to be found.

She is relentless, she is persistent. She is our little Poochie Pitts and we wouldn’t have her any other way!

Caroline Barkley - August 20, 2014 - 1:26 am

Yes, I know Poochie well and everything you described is true. But who wouldn’t love Pooch ?

Thelma Dugan - August 21, 2014 - 11:10 pm

Ditto, on my best friend’s post!
When pet sitting for “Herself”, I had the honor of sharing the guest bed each night (the Pitts’ taking a weekend off), with Pooch curled up under the covers with me each night— another one of her charming idiosyncrasies!!

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