Yorkies’ are smart dogs, very smart. She understands words and phrases you say to her. She knows your schedule and what to expect when. Best of all, she’s fiercely protective of the members of the family. Despite the fact she weighs only eight pounds and her mouth barely fits around a tennis ball, she has the bark of a Pit Bull and thinks she can take on the world if need be to protect her family.
Maddie has learned that at mealtimes, we will not feed her from the table or pet her. But what she hasn’t given up on is the off-chance that we might play with her. At first, she would drop a ball at someone’s feet, sit back, and give them, literally, her puppy dog eyes, hoping they would give in.
When that didn’t work, she began pushing her ball under the buffet and then barking at us to rescue her ball, hoping, again, that once we rescued it, we would throw it for her. What she didn’t bank on was us being smart enough to watch her push her ball under and not fall for her ploy.
One night, after standing at the buffet, barking, and no ball being rescued, Maddie decided to rescue that ball herself. But there was one little condition she didn’t factor in….. getting back out.
Good Luck Houdini!
P.S. No puppies were injured in the making of this blog.
P.P.S. Maddie did figure her way back out from under the buffet and has made a new game of it.
P.P.P.S. Unfortunately, she has not yet remember to push the ball back out when she goes in after it!