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Well Harriet's twin, Lucy, also has many cat qualities including that slinky feline way of rubbing alongside people and walls.

oooh! harriet does that too. people, walls, and especially the back of the couch. it's insanely cute, because it's usually a prelude to her Crazy Dog Routine.[/nq]Lucy will do it to Pablo, along with merry eyes and a come-hither prelude-to-bitey-face snarl. He'll stand there, clearly intrigued but recognizing that she is a dangerous plaything. Which I guess is the impression Lucy wanted to make. Lucy will do the slinky cat rub when she has a fantastic chewie - the best chewie in the world - and she wants to show it off - especially to Pablo (neener neener). When she does the slinky cat rub on us, she'll often have a chewie or toy in her mouth and will smile (raise her lip so that we can see all her incisors, canines, pre-molars, molars, heck I'm pretty sure I've seen her tonsils too).

I've never had a dog before who did an full dentition smile. If you didn't know her, you would think she was a insane dog ready to chomp but it's companied by merry eyes and a happy wagging tail. Speaking of wagging, Lucy has a very voluptuous wag - the end-half is relaxed so that there's a 'crack the whip' aspect to it - it's rather cat-like as well.

With Lucy, she has two different wa-wa's. When she's telling me about a terrible disturbance in her domain ("There! A cat is in the yard across the street! Look!") her ears are up tight, she has worry wrinkles on her forehead, and her wa-wa has a stiff staccato feel to it. This is the only time she talks back to me but it's more like she's trying to explain more fully. She loves me but can't believe how blindly oblivious I am to the seriousness of the situation. ("You don't understand! A CAT where it shouldn't be! In that yard! Can you not see how wrong this is!")

OTOH, if Lucy's happy, her forehead is smooth, her eyes are merry and her wa-wa is more warbling. It's very charming.
And speaking of Lucy singing the collie-wa-wa blues, we've discovered ... smooth-coated, sable guitar (IOW rub her side and she'll wa-wa).

oh my. now that is cute.

Yes it's darn cute and we've encouraged it. Usually the collies have been most attached to me but Lucy saves her best wa-wa-ing for when Soren gets home. He's thrilled that she puts on such a show just for him. I must say that a certain conniving *** has a 7-year-old boy wrapped securely around her paw. He now says Lucy is his favorite collie. Poor Pablo, he can't compete with Lucy and her sly ways. He can only offer steadfast loyalty & sweetness which is good and all that but isn't as entertaining.

Chris and her smoothies,
Pablo & Lucy
...when she's horrified deep down to the very core of her being ("Look! Look! LOOK! People are Walking on MY street! MY Street! This is SO wrong! OOh the DOGmanity!")..> Chris and her smoothies, Pablo and Lucy

Saskia has adjusted to the idea the people will walk past the front windows on HER sidewalk and she doesn't ALWAYS need to bark at them, and she has even adjusted to the neighbors' setting of their bicycles against said from windows and using the communal front door. That people walk their dogs in HER park across the canal is also OK as long as she gets to lean on the window and drool, but if anyone dares to stop and loiter WITHOUT a dog, especially groups of two or more people who USE THE BENCHES, this is cause for considerable alarm. Oh, and fishing people should definitely NOT DO THAT in HER canal.
Katrina
if anyone dares to stop and loiter WITHOUT a dog, especially groups of two or more people who USE THE BENCHES, this is cause for considerable alarm.

Zoe has always been alarmed by people walking without dogs. It just doesn't seem right to her, I guess.

Catherine
& Zoe the cockerchow
& Queenie the black gold retriever
& Rosalie the calico
Lucy will do it to Pablo, along with merry eyes and a come-hither prelude-to-bitey-face snarl. He'll stand there, clearly intrigued but recognizing that she is a dangerous plaything. Which I guess is the impression Lucy wanted to make.

i like that description! harriet's "come hither" involves scrunching up her face so all her tiny teefies show and she looks like a sea cucumber, turning her back on the object of her display, then throwing her head backwards over her shoulder. there is often a play bow incorporated into the display, as well. boy dogs say it's quite fetching.
She loves me but can't believe how blindly oblivious I am to the seriousness of the situation. ("You don't understand! A CAT where it shouldn't be! In that yard! Can you not see how wrong this is!")

oh, yes. us humans are truly d-u-m and cannot understand the importance of an unauthorized cat/bunny/skwirrl.
OTOH, if Lucy's happy, her forehead is smooth, her eyes are merry and her wa-wa is more warbling. It's very charming.

yep. there's a definite difference between harriet's playful woo-wooing and sassy woo-wooing.
Yes it's darn cute and we've encouraged it. Usually the collies have been most attached to me but Lucy saves ... sly ways. He can only offer steadfast loyalty & sweetness which is good and all that but isn't as entertaining.

tell Pablo it'll be okay. the people who matter know that he's the Finest Smoothie EVAR. it's one thing to have a dog that everyone immediately finds charming like Lucy or harriet but it's quite another to have a dog like Pablo, or elliott, who is deep-down a sweet and gentle soul. both types are thoroughly loved by their people, even though other folks might not recognize the amazing qualities of the "stealth charm" dog.

shelly
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We have motion detector porch lights. The alarm barkers pay attention to the light going on at night and check things out, but the laid back ones couldn't care less.

i expect that's how it would be here.
If she can't be bothered with real live people inside the house, she probably won't care about lights. Unless she learns to care because it signals someone who comes bearing treats or something. Certainly a silly light is no reason to un-burrito yourself!

exactly!
so, yesterday afternoon, my landlord dropped by. harriet, of course, couldn't be bothered to bark or anything. harriet ignored him the whole time he was here, then, when he was walking to his car, she barked at him. twice. then came back inside and started digging in the toy box. WTF?!! what sort of dog barks at people as they're leaving? i swear, someone dropped her on her head when she was a puppy.

shelly
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WTF?!! what sort of dog barks at people as they're leaving? i swear, someone dropped her on her head when she was a puppy.

A relative of mine had a dog that did that. Loved people, didn't want them to leave. So, she'd ONLY bark when visitors to the house left, obviously without her permission. BTW, it worked when someone broke into their house. She barked as the thief was making off with the goodies, and woke them up. The thief was startled and dropped whatever he was carrying. Win-Win.

Suja
i know i've complained about barky, noisy dogs before, but this is ridiculous. one alarm bark especially when people are coming into the house! is all i'm asking for. surely that's not unreasonable?

Sure you don't want Duke? He'll not only alarm bark, he'll make it sound like so much fun that Ms Burrito Butt will want to join in. Of course, you'll be ready to ship him back in a month, but that's okay, too.
She barked as the thief was making off with the goodies, and woke them up. The thief was startled and dropped whatever he was carrying. Win-Win.

now that's a dog with a perverse sense of humor.

shelly
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Eddie Izzard
Zoe has always been alarmed by people walking without dogs. It justdoesn't seem right to her, I guess.

There are days when the weather is yucky, and it's cold and sleeting or pouring rain, when I'll be out walking the dogs and come upon a human out for a walk, sans dog. To be perfectly honest, it makes me very, very suspicious. I mean, what kind of human being in their right mind would be out there unless they had doggie company?
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