Tuesday, October 18, 2011

What happened???

The other night some good friends came over for a visit.  They brought me some homemade tomato soup and I poured them some wine.  Addie settled on the couch.  I put some music on, and when I did the stereo made a rather loud and obnoxious feedback sound, but soon we were listening to Marc Cohn and chatting away.  About 30 minutes later I decided to check on Addie, and peeked around the corner to see if she was still on the couch.  She wasn't, so I looked around.  No Addie in the bedroom, family room, living room... I looked outside and called her, even though I hadn't put her out.  I called out the window to behind the garage where the dog door leads to, but she didn't come.  So now I was worried.  I started to panic... where in the world was she?  I went out the behind the garage with a flashlight and found her in the very far corner, as far from the house as she could get, trembling and terrified!  She was afraid of me and wouldn't come to me.  What the heck??  I finally went back in and got a leash and was able to put it on her and dragged and carried her into the house.  She was absolutely scared to death and was acting so strange.  I put her in my bed and she cowered into the pillows and just stared at me.  I talked to her calmly and tried to pet her.  She'd slink away.  I was very confused! 

I went back to visiting with my guests and we all talked about how weird it was, when my friend Anne said she saw Addie run off the couch when the stereo made the feedback sound.  That was the only thing we could think of that had happened that might scare her.  After my friends left, I went to bed and it took about an hour for her to come near me.  I kept thinking "I want my feisty little Addie back!"  Then she finally decided I was okay and curled up as close to me as she could get and slept there all night. 

In the morning... it was like nothing had happened!  I thought she might be afraid of the couch, or me messing with the stereo, but she was totally fine. Thank God! 

Today my friends came back.  Addie was outside and they asked me about her, so I took them outside to see her.  There she was cowering and trembling, and all squeezed into a corner!!!!  Then she ran into her doghouse and wouldn't come out!  Oh dear... I guess she thinks that they made that awful noise?  My poor friends felt really bad.  They left and it took about 30 minutes to get her settled down again.

Its a mystery to me!  She is usually so fearless and snippy I would never have imagined her being like that.  I guess she is a much more sensitive dog than I thought...

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

The Ball

Addie loves her ball.  She loves to chase after it, and catch it, and run back to me with it...and she loves to have it, but she doesn't like to give it up or share it.  I think that we have very different ideas of fun when it comes to playing with the ball.  I think its fun to throw it and have her retrieve it over and over again.  She thinks its much more fun to play keep away with it.  So what happens is; she finds the ball and looks at me expectantly from afar, if I try to get it she runs away, so I ignore her.  She gets closer and closer and drops the ball, but she's still not ready and if I try to get it she picks it up quickly.  I ignore her.  She gets closer and closer, and then right up next to me, waits awhile, then drops the ball or rolls it to me.  Ah... she's ready!  I pick the ball up and throw it!  Then it starts all over again.  My husband thinks she's not very smart, but I know she is extremely smart. She just has a different idea of fun.  Hopefully we'll have a meeting of the minds at some point.  Or we can play fetch about every 10-15 minutes!  Seems to suit her just fine.