|He probably didn't even realise I was giving him a ponytail. He only has eyes for my dinner in this moment.|
|My parents sent over a load of pictures recently. Most of them were the dogs begging.|
|"No really, tell us more."|
SO. Onwards with the Mollie tale. So, when she's in the mood for begging, she will sit patiently. For about five minutes. After that, she'll occasionally let out a small, high pitched half-bark (see: the fox post part one for a barking guide). This is quite a non-threatening sound that is designed to remind you that Mollie is in fact, right there beside you and wanting in on your food. If this does not work, a short growl is uttered in order to gently urge you to give over some food as Mollie is growing impatient. I should remark that it doesn't go any further than this, as she knows not to push her luck too much. But she may bark a little more at you. I should also mention that during all of this, Bingo is silent.
|Now she's a little older she knows how to work the puppy-eyes. A lesson that we can all learn from.|
But this is nothing compared to what happened one day when my nan came over and Mollie was still in full fledged puppy mode. Though she was still growing, at a year old she was big enough to know the ropes of the household routines, and manipulate them to her will. Picture the scene: the family goes to sit with a steaming hot plate of pork chops and other yummy things. You want in, right? So did Mollie, and begging wasn't on her to-do list that day.
|Sometimes, she really does have more important things to do.|
|This isexacty what a victory lap looks like. The item in her mouth is interchangeable.|
|Even the barbecues aren't safe.|