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Friday, October 16, 2009

Milo and I Communicate

Here was Milo sitting outside the Forbidden Area, watching me as I blogged. I must admit that this whole dog training process is quite challenging for me. I don't speak dog language and I could not decipher his look. When the first rain drops splattered onto the patio, he placed 2 paws into the room... and then I understood. He wanted to come in out of the rain. So I went out and invited him into his kennel. He clambered in gratefully and chewed on the pork knucklebone that I gave him yesterday.

He amused me greatly last night because he threw a puppy tantrum in his kennel. Somehow, his soft kennel bedding comprised of 2 or 3 discarded t-shirts had all disappeared into different corners of the patio, and had become wet with the late afternoon rain. There he was on the the hard floor of his kennel sans softness and sans cuddliness, with just his knucklebone.

As I retired for the night, I heard a huge hullabaloo from the patio. There were puppy growls and frustrated barks and a lot of scratching and turning about in his kennel. At first, I thought he was playing some obscure game with his knucklebone and so I didn't interfere. But the hullabaloo continued. I went out to investigate and I finally figured out that he was upset because there was nothing soft to lie on. Spoilt baby! I went and got him a set of fresh bedding and he flopped down with an air that said "It's about time! What took you so long to make my bed, huh?" If only I could understand him better.




But he doesn't seem to have problems understanding me. Last week, this patio had greenery everywhere. As you can see, there is not a spot of green left on this patio except from the hanging baskets which he cannot reach. My monstrous lemon balm with bushy citrus scented leaves has been pruned to stumps. I have carried my echinacea out of harm's reach and as you can see in the photo above, he is having a good go at my morning glory. When I opened the patio door, Milo looked up at my face, decided that I approved of his gardening strategies and went back to work.

I can't believe I wordlessly stood by and watched him decimate my green darlings. In fact, I can't believe that I actually took a photo of him doing plant murder. My priorities in life seem to have changed somewhat. I don't know what to approve of anymore.

13 comments:

Leah said...

He is a handsome boy!!! Lotsa of fun and work...like real boys!

Blur Ting said...

With such puppy eyes looking at me, I would even allow him to chew my toes!

But he is such a cutie.

Open Kitchen Concept said...

Reading about Milo is really tempting me to get a dog, Petunia..

Serendipity said...

This is just the beginning, more to come LOL! I used to grow roses but my dog resented all the attention the roses was getting from me and so she had every single one yanked out.

Blur Ting said...

I know someone who is looking for a home for his female labrador. I understand his Lab is not so big, about the size of a mongrel. Trouble is, his family is moving into a small hdb flat and can't keep her anymore. If Open Kitchen is interested, I can link you both up.

Fresh Fry aka 福星 said...

Milo has stolen your heart! hahahahaha......

petunialee said...

Leah - Did/do you have a dog?

petunialee said...

Ting - I am sorry to hear about Rusty... I guess dogs grow old and people feel sad when they see them suffer.

petunialee said...

NTG - Oh... no regrets! No regrets at all at getting Milo.

petunialee said...

Serendipty - Yeah... the strangest thing is that I don't even mind. It's like my children use to draw on the walls. I didn't mind.

petunialee said...

Fry - He has stolen my heart. When I drive home from anywhere, I look forwards to seeing my dog.

Leah said...

Yes, I had dogs and cats when I was growing up. There were several mongrels, an Alsatian and a Doberman at different periods of my growing up years...all untrained! When my family moved into a flat, my father got a Shih-tzu which was the last pet we had.

My family also had cats, birds and rabbits...yes, my home was quite a zoo then.

petunialee said...

Leah - Wow! That's whole lotta animals!