No one loves their dog more than I love Coco Loco. She is simultaneously the most amazing and equally annoying dog on the planet. It's scary how much time I spend serving the needs of this creature.
I've addressed her ball obsession in the past, but let me just refresh your memory: she wants to play ball all day...all stinking day...without a rest. She'll do endless tricks for the pleasure of your best throw. If you decide to do anything else she will give you a hard nudge - she will not be denied.
To drag out the ball game, I'll ask her to drop it in a specific location and then say, "I've changed my mind...can you put it here instead?" and point to another spot. She has moved it up to twenty-eight times before she just stands and stares at me. I counted, of course. I care about accuracy. Scary...that I actually counted it.
Coco would like for her bowl to always have food in it, even if she is not hungry. As soon as she eats in the morning, she leaves the bowl and scratches on the refrigerator. Why? Because we keep the dog food on top of the frig. I can almost read her mind as she glares at me: "The bowl is empty! Fill it immediately! Why do you people wait? What if I want a nibble before supper?"
Once I fill it, she walks away, disgusted by my lack of attention to her dietary compulsions. It's scary that I've played along for years.
If Coco runs out of water, she'll grab the bowl and throw it at me. Apparently, low water level in the bowl is a very touchy, hot button, deeply personal issue with her. She may have read that you can survive longer without food than water.
It's scary that I'm trying to rationalize my dog's obsessive quirks.
One of the great things about Coco is that she is always game to dress up for Halloween. In fact, anything that involves kids thrills her. Trying on the costume for a picture was a hassle, though - there were no kids! What is the point? She was totally disgusted, once again, at my demands that were not in line with her expectations. She pouted (the other thing she is really good at).
When Coco remembered that the costume had a BALL and chain for her foot, she didn't want to take it off - now it was interesting! She nudged my hand away. Note the blue ball, ever present, tucked away by the chair. Scary fixation.
The scariest thing I do with my dog is talk to her like she is human, take her picture, blog about her, yada, yada, yada... Pick one.
|Coco: "I must sleep now, human. No more interviews."|