I got the funniest email from one of my blog readers, Ellen O’Brien, describing how her dogs played “The Shell Game” described in last Friday’s post. It was too good to keep to myself, so with Ellen’s permission, I’m going to share it with all of you to give you a little pick-me-up for your Wednesday! Here it is, in Ellen’s words:
“I have a funny story for you! We have a foster failure Corgi named Dooley who, for several of his 6 years was just in a backyard kennel being used as a stud. Never knew toys and such, so we are trying to stimulate his brain and teach him how to play. I should add that we have anther rescued Corgi who is more reactive but smarter. I read the blog about the treat game with the plastic containers and decided to do it. Containers with treats underneath and Dooley in the room. I lift the container a wee bit and show him the treat. He starts to nose it around but doesn’t succeed immediately so I show him the treat again and he looks at me with the big brown-eyed look of “I don’t get this game, Foodgiver Lady.” Roscoe, the smarter corgi come in the room and knows this game immediately! He pushes the container into a corner, lifts the edge high enough to grab it in his teeth and goes trotting off with the container into another room. Dooley the” Not-so-bright-Corgi” immediately snatches the treat! This repeats for all three containers I’ve put out: Roscoe takes off with the container; Dooley snags the treat underneath. I reevaluate my idea of who’s the smarter dog! Thank you for the blog- we enjoy it and I learn much!”
Apparently, Dooley has been learning much too!! His mama sure didn’t raise any dummy, that’s for sure!! Ellen writes that Dooley came from Corgi Connection of Kansas, a terrific Corgi rescue group! She reports that he is a real “love bug” who is a neighborhood ambassador, and guardian of their kitty “Tucker.”
Roscoe was rescued from a shelter 600 miles away from where Ellen lives. She has spent four years training him through leash reactivity with other dogs, which has been her biggest challenge with him. He’s doing much better and is able to walk past many dogs pretty calmly! That’s fantastic work, and I sure know the blood, sweat and tears that goes into working through leash aggression!
Thanks, Ellen for sharing your dogs and your story with us! We love hearing from our readers!! What great stories can you tell us about your own dogs?