Some days I just love how in tune with my dogs I am. One day last week, Cricket was wandering around aimlessly and I felt like she wanted something. I went in the dining room where she had been and realized what she wanted. The warm sun was streaming in the windows, and both dog beds were in front of the wood stove. I moved one to in front of the windows, and she went right to it to lie down!
Now, I know you’re all wondering the answer to Monday’s Mischief Mystery “Mischief Denied“. What was on the other side of “Door #1” (as Beth from the Daily Dog Tag so cleverly put it in the comments)? I enjoyed everyone’s great guesses from food/treats, to her ball or another toy, to someone wanting privacy in the bathroom. We don’t even bother trying that around here….we just leave the door open since it’s just my hubby and me! Most people guessed correctly that this was the bathroom door, and many thought she wanted to get in there to unroll the toilet paper, or get into the toilet, kitty litter, or trash. That would be Luke….he’s our tissue lover and trash picker. Cricket has other favorites.
The big reveal:
Our friend Flea, blogger for Jones Natural Chews, was the closest correct guesser when she said “A cat! A cat!”. The cat alone wouldn’t have interested Cricket, but the cat eating definitely does. Second closest was my sister Karen who guessed that Sheba, our golden retriever, was in the bathroom eating. Right activity, wrong pet.
When I open that door to get Conrad out, I have to hold Cricket back or she’ll dive right into that bowl and scarf up as much cat food as she possibly can! Once in a while she will listen to me when I tell her to “stay” but most times her desire for that food will override any thoughts of being obedient. Conrad eats pretty slow and she will often sit outside that door for 15-20 minutes just waiting (she was actually lying down before I got the camera), in the hopes that I’ll either forget to hold her back, or that she’ll at least get the 2-3 little pieces of cat food that I’ll let her have. I think you have to be a beagle to understand that.
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The sunbeam,,,,Mother Nature’s comforting blanket of love !
Yes, that’s the perfect description for it!
Donna O. says
Nothing like a sunbeam to lie in, other than lying in a sunbeam with a thoughtful, well placed bed, that is.
🙂 It doesn’t get any better as far as Cricket is concerned!
Well I was wrong! LOL
When our daughter’s cat lived with us, I fed him in the spare room behind a gate. A certain big-headed dog managed to push the bottom of the gate with his head and work on eating the cat food. LOL you are smart to put Conrad (and his food) behind closed doors. 🙂
Samantha eats up on the kitchen counter, but Conrad is not very steady on his feet these days, so we have to keep him on the floor. The bathroom is the closest room to the kitchen to use. But once in a while the door doesn’t latch and Cricket pushes it open! She’s a happy dog then. 🙂
I can understand that – cat food is very tasty!
This crew certainly thinks so too!
2 Brown Dawgs says
LOL that is funny. I guessed food but never would have guessed a cat with food. We have kitty’s litter box in the basement. We have to leave the door to the basement open so she can get there, but dogs are not allowed in the basement without us. When the cat is in the basement Freighter will stand at the top of the stairs looking down into the basement for as long as she is there. Sometimes it is a long time because kitty likes to mess around down there too. I guess he and Cricket are a lot alike. lol
Our litter is downstairs behind closed doors too. There’s a hole in the door for the cats to go through. Dogs are often seen camping outside that door waiting for a cat to come out!
Tenacious Little Terrier says
Mr. N is very curious about cat food too although it makes him sick.
Beagles have pretty tough stomachs. Even when she does on occasion get to dive in, it doesn’t bother her.
You are very well trained!
I certainly am! 🙂
The Island Cats says
Woofies love sunpuddles as much as us cats! And we never woulda guessed it was a cat behind Door #1.
I know, right? A surprise for everyone!
Sometimes the cats and dogs will share a bed in the sun too.
Sand Spring Chesapeakes says
The cat it was the cat. Such cute pictures of Cricket enjoying the sun.
Always the cat, right? Cricket is a sun worshiper as well as a cat food lover!
Nothing beats a good sunspot!
You’ve got that right!
I really believe that dogs have an ESP that they can connect with to get us to do their bidding without too much effort. My Beagle could do that in days past and my Poodles can do it today. I find myself doing something without knowing why.
Do you remember that commercial where the dog put his owner in a trance, and they drove around the neighborhood picking up other dogs? It was classic, and probably closer to the truth than we think! 🙂
Jackie Bouchard says
Having had beagles, I TOTALLY understand that! Cute pics of her napping in the sun!
I knew you’d understand! 🙂
Once the cat food is put away, she can finally relax in the sun! LOL
Groovy Goldendoodles says
Never knew the bathroom was such a popular place until I got dogs. My goodness, you would think we were giving away free treats in there or something!
It does seem to be a fascinating room, doesn’t it? 🙂
Ann Staub says
Aw how cute! And funny… maybe Shiner has a bit of beagle in her too… I have to run to pick up the cat’s food bowl now if it’s on the floor before Shiner eats the whole thing.
The joys of living in a dog and cat household! LOL
Talent Hounds says
Getting a tan?
We wish! The sun is definitely not hot enough for that yet, unfortunately!
A cat, yes! Darn, my guess was way off, lol. Cricket sure looks comfy in her sunny spot. Happy Wordless Wednesday!
Well, it’s probably not normal to have to feed your cat behind a closed door! LOL
Nothing like a good sunbeam. Garfield taught me that.
Jenna,Mark “HuskyCrazed” Drady says
hahaha! Crazy pup!!!! mine would love to get their paws on some vat food too! I have to feed my kitties well away from them!
It’s a nice feeling being in tune with our pets isn’t it?
ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!
It sure is!
Yes, dogs are definitely obsessed with cat food. I’ve read that it’s because it’s strong smelling!
M. K. Clinton says
It is hard to enjoy a meal in peace with a Beagle around. That is too funny!
M. K. Clinton says
P.S. I love the sunbeam pictures too! LOL!
Thanks! Yes, poor Conrad. Especially if Cricket manages to get in there ahead of me…she’ll just plow right through the poor old guy (she doesn’t hurt him though).
Golden Woofs: Sugar says
For sure the SUN feels good after a cold long winter.. Golden Meow to Conrad. Golden Woofs
It sure does!
Golden Daily Scoop says
BOL!!! A cat and cat food, now that’s a bonus! Enjoy your sun puddle, Cricket!
I’m pretty sure the dogs think the best thing about having cats is their food. 🙂
Dolly the Doxie says
I love how us doggies communicate to let you know what we want! Our kitty eats on the back porch, he has a perch where we can’t reach his food, and his litter (which had to be moved up recently). Love Dolly
I wish we had one room where we could keep the food, and the litter. We have a room where the litter is, with a kitty door in the door going in, so the dogs can’t get to it. But we can’t leave food out because Sam would eat it all. Elderly Conrad is not real steady on his feet either, so we have to keep him somewhere on the floor for feeding! The bathroom is just the easiest place. 🙂
easy rider says
Oh that was the reason: Conrad :o) Cricket that’s a brilliant idea to get some extra food :o)
Have a great wednesday, maybe with that song by Terry jacks… We have joy, we have fun like a Beagle in the sun :o)
Ha ha, I first read your comment at work the other day, and then I was singing that song in my head the rest of the day (your version, of course)!
Haha Oh yes, the forbidden always tastes better! 😉 I love those “in sync” moments with animals, it’s amazing how in tune they become with us and we become with them.
It really is amazing. I think I’m better at it than my hubby too, but I don’t think men are as observant and interpretive as women are either.
LOL My pack is convinced that cat kibble is way tastier than dog kibble 🙂 Love those photos of sunbeam seeking Cricket!
That seem to be the general consensus around here too! 🙂
Mom says she knows us pretty well, but when others are around out house and see how she interacts with us, they are always amazed at how she knows exactly what we want. Good the cat got unlocked from his situation!
I think it’s a good sign of how bonded we are with our dogs, and how good you dogs really are at communicating without words.