Saturday, January 28, 2006

Thief

Most Beautiful Dog is not only beautiful. He is a problem solver. From the time he was just a tiny dollup of a pup, you could look in those scintillating amber eyes and tell his little gears were always turning - always putting things together to find a means to some devious end.

As I have comfortably grown into my thirties, making emancipating decisions about what's important and what isn't, I have abandoned the high maintenance hairstyles of my youth. For many years I have simply let my hair grow as it may, wielding arguable control over my locks with a variety of hair accessories.

MB Dog is obsessed with my hair ties. He must love the smell of my hair or something, but he has always confiscated any scrunchie, band, or barrette he could get his mouth around. I have to be sure to put all hair notions away in order to prevent this. Still my hair ties continue to steadily disappear for a few days, only to reappear ... in the back yard.

The Hub's been after me about it, and rightly so. I agree, it's not good for him. It could make him very sick. But I swear, I put that stuff in its designated drawer in my bathroom, and am sure to close the drawer. Always.

The Hub eyeballs me suspiciously at that. I get the feeling he doesn't believe me. But I swear it!

The other morning, I just happened to catch what's going on.

I had gotten myself ready for work and was getting Incrediboy up and at'em. As always, I was careful to close up my hair fixins drawer. As we shared our morning chortles while I changed him into his clothes, I heard a very soft, almost undetectable sliding of tracks in my bathroom. Being that the Hub is out of town this week, I had a sneaking suspicion who was rooting around in there. I made sure Incrediboy was secure and tip toed into the hallway to see what was going on.

There, in my bathroom, stood Most Beautiful Dog. Face buried deep in my hair notion drawer. Apparently, he has figured out that if he takes his lovely, obsidian-nailed, bespeckled paw and places it just so on the drawer handle, he can slide it open and reveal the goodies therein. A virtual bad dog buffet.

Mystery solved. Little sneak.

I said his name in my stern mother voice. He pulled his head out quickly, nonchalantly starting to close the drawer by leaning on it, and gave me the "(Uh-oh ... ) I love you, Mom!" face.

I was bugged, but I couldn't help but crack a grin. What can I say - he's the furry peg of my heart. And how can I not be impressed with his problem solving skills.

Hm, looks like I'll have to get myself some kind of makeup bag to put it all in now as well. Until he figures out how to operate a zipper.

18 comments:

Bainwen Gilrana said...

Dogs are amazingly brilliant just when you don't want them to be! I love how he tried to close the drawer when you caught him.

Nelly said...

How funny! Pets are way smarter than people give them credit for. Hope your weekend is going good Clew!

Rebecca said...

Gotta love those furkids!!! They're smarter than we give them credit for... :)

So funny that he does that! And it's true - it carries your scent and he just LOVES LOVES LOVES you. That's why dogs are attracted to socks, nylons - dare I say underwear - and now clearly, hair elastics and such. It carries your scent!

crallspace said...

Dogs rule! As does Pantera!

Lori said...

This really is pretty cute, the little rascal! It remind me of one of our cats, Baby J and her antics. I was finding candy wrappers (Hershey kisses) lying around the house and thought it was the kids until one day I saw her jump up on the washstand, take a kiss in her mouth, unwrap it an devour it in true female style! I have no idea how she never got sick!

martie said...

MBD is a very naughty boy.....do you think we will have to call Nanny 911? LOL

Gotta love 'em!

jgf said...

Too smart for his own good!

BTW, I finally got my links up to date and you are on there now...

Nicole said...

What a riot! And so smart too!

Jilly had a thing for my stitchery for a little while when she was younger. Funny little furry creatures...

:)

FTS said...

Isn't it amazing? These are the same animals who use their mouth to wash body parts we can't even reach with ours.

rosie said...

Oh this is the exact reason I love pets! I miss my little crazy bird. He didn't hide things from me. But, he would try and mess me up while I was doing my homework. LOL I would be laying on the floor reading one of my textbooks and here he would come running up and jump onto the pages to block my view. It is really neat to see a parakeet run. LOL He would fetch a ball just like a dog. rofl! Although he was bad to not bring the ball back.

theresa said...

I have a place in my heart for all who are a little naughty.
Great story.
Funny Dog.

bigwhitehat said...

Forget the scrunchies. It is those fire starting eyes that scare me.

Michael said...

That would be a great for "America's Funniest Home Videos"

At least you know you're not going crazy!

Bougie Black Boy said...

Every time I hear about MB Dog, I think to myself that you'd be a great children's author.

Pete Mitchell said...

I love this story!!!!! What a great dog. Any chance of a pic?

Nunzia said...

now i REALLY want to get a puppy! i'd love to see a pic as well!

Tirithien said...

I didn't do it... there are no pictures... I am not the MBD you are looking for...

Kodijack said...

I love animals that figure stuff out. My mother's cat figured out how to open doors using the handles. And Kristi's cat knows how to retrieve. I am so about animals showing human tendencies, makes me giddy.