posted on Oct, 16 2019 @ 10:40 PM
Okay, before you go all "that's just operant conditioning" on me, bear in mind I do love my dog and I'm totally biased. However, I'm pretty sure
my dog is a genius. She's an 11-year-old American Bulldog. Definitely a bully, sometimes I think she's so dumb. Then this happened.
Last night she semi-frantically indicated she needed to go outside, so we went out, and her poop was pretty much liquid. I don't know what she got
into, but she had the good graces not to have diarrhea on the carpet, and that's easily explained as being very well house trained. This morning
before I went to work her stool was still loose, but more like a paste, and it was messy, hard to pick up, and all day at work I was thinking "I'm
going to come home to another one like that on the carpet. It won't be her fault, she's sick, and had no other option." I was right.
However, I had pulled a pickup bag last night, and since her leavings were liquid I didn't even try to pick it up and when we came back in I just
dropped it, unused but opened up, next to the door. I keep them outside so I can grab one while I'm watching her, so when I picked up this morning I
just got a new one.
Anyway, when I got home from work, my apartment smelled like I had been right, and of course you check the furthest corners first, the perimeter, you
know. Get all the way around the apartment, nothing, I'm thinking "maybe she just had bad gas." Then, right there, by the patio door I found it. I
don't know how or why, but somehow she had managed to land MOST, not all, of that soft-serve on top of that bag. As in, her first, main push landed
squarely within the borders of the bag lying flat on the floor, then there was some smaller pieces did get on the carpet, but god, it could have been
so much worse. I am blown away and so proud of that pup.
Now, obviously she associates those bags with good poops, but usually she sees the bag only AFTER she poops. I don't think that's how operant
conditioning works? That's a sort of abstract reasoning that I don't think we normally associate with dogs.
This is the honest to god truth. Coincidentally, she just barked at a doorbell sound on the TV. So yeah, she is a little dumb. But goddamn. Smart
where it counts.