Angel Jake at the RBC (Rainbow Broadcasting Corporation)

Angel Jake at the RBC (Rainbow Broadcasting Corporation)

Monday, March 16, 2009

The Professor Answers Several FAQs

In your comments on our recent videos, many of you asked questions that I thought needed an answer. So here goes.

The first question had to do with our Dogdad's phenomenal and inexplicable ability to let us run on leash without getting all tangled up in a knot, as seen on the second video.

Gussie: And can you have DogDad explain how he keeps you from getting all tangled up?
Asta: How do you get to wun so well on leash????and not get into a knotted mess.
Penny, Poppy, and Patches: We ALSO would like to know how you run so much without tangling DogDad in your leashes. Does he get dizzy?
Jackson: Dogdad deserves some sort of medal for not getting you both all tangled up. How does he do it?

We think it's truly inexplicable, but our Mom has come up with some other examples of his ability that might help explain. Mom, what do you have to say?

Jakey, It's like this. The best way I can explain it is that your Dogdad has a very interesting three-dimensional mind. He's used to planning highway interchanges and ramps, and when he looks at concentric circles on a flat piece of paper, he actually sees cars moving along roads up and over and under!! In addition to its professional applications (i.e., his job!!!), this ability has very practical applications. For example, when it comes to loading a dishwasher or packing a car trunk (as when we stuffed the car full of your and Just Harry's things for our road trip over Christmas). You may have noticed how I often call for help when we have too many dishes and glasses to fit in the dishwasher and he always manages to get everything in.

So, when you and Just Harry are on your leashes and running at full speed, he somehow anticipates how you're going to intersect each other and whose leash needs to go up and whose down and how to keep you going. But, like everyone else -- I see it, but I don't believe it - BECAUSE, as Martha Basset notes:

Martha Basset: Our mum can hardly manage a walk without being strapped to a lamp post.

Martha, It's a good thing no one has a camera on those rare occasions when Mom tries to walk the two of us together!! You would die laughing at the hysterical results. She's been wrapped around a pole. Her arms have been pulled out of their sockets. And you'd hear her pathetically whimpering, "Can't you boys walk in the same direction?" Sometimes we do, and sometimes we even pee symmetrically, but often we just like to tease her by my going forward and JH's going backward. BOL!!!!

Faya: Do you find golf balls sometimes ?

Faya, We've found tons of golf balls -- most of which we've given to our human brother. They aren't fun to play with, so we just accumulate them as a point of honor.

Amber-Mae: That fountain over there looked like FUN! Did you boys get to play in it?
Maggie and Mitch: Did you boyz consider running through the sprinklers and getting soaked??

I love, love, love biting the water in the sprinklers and sometimes Dogdad lets me do that. JH is more indifferent to the water. But sometimes, 'specially when we're with Dogdad, we do get soaked cause he understands what boys like to do.

Joey: Looks like you had as much fun on the golf course as my dad did today!

Joey, Yep!!!! We love your dad's golf course -- but we only go there late in afternoon or early evening after everyone has gone home.

Snowball: It will be great if you are allowed to run off leash, isn't it?

Snowball, We don't think that will ever happen except in a fenced yard or at the dog park. How sad is that!!! We see Eric and other terriers running loose, and we're pretty envious -- but we don't see that happening to us.

So pals, thanks for all your questions!!! Just to give you a glimpse of our next post -- the Heron-Cam has been called up for reporting duty and we hear it may have something to do with Spring Training!!!

Lots of wirey love,


And, oops. I almost forgot one:

Mango: Why oh why oh why do they ALWAYS ASK if we are hungry? Of course we are! You are very patient.
Jackson: What a silly question! OF COURSE YOU'RE HUNGRY! What dog isn't?

You're both so right -- why oh why does she always ask? In the interest of full disclosure, I think it's because she likes to tell everybody (or show them), what her boy can do and how clever he is to answer her silly question with a little flick of the tongue. She's even taken it to new levels now by giving me a choice sometimes: "Jakey, Hungry? Outside?" So I indulge her by choosing one -- and if I head for the door instead of to my food bowl, she is whacko with joy at how clever I am!!!! Moms, gotta love 'em!!!


Martha said...

Thank you so much for that interesting post. It certainly answered many of our queries. We now know that your Dogdad has a superior mind!
Of course that is often the case and it is interesting that your mom, like our mum, is not quite so clever!
We are sorry you cannot run off the leash cos this is what we like best. We hope you do get the chance. You at least should have that magical thing called recall - bassets dont know anything about that!
Martha & Bailey xxx

Gus said...

OH Boy oh boy...Spring Training. We gots tickets for when the SLC are in Mayemphis next month for X Bichon games. Must be maybe we get to go, cause we are as well behaved as any old Bichon?

Time will tell.

Hope the heron gets a good look at the prospects.


Faya said...

Waouw this was a very interesting post.... I think Dyos acts more like a WFT as like an airedale. He is on leash most of the time but he is going for private education lessons and we will see if it helps....
Kisses, Faya

Anonymous said...

Hi Professor Jake! That definitely was a very informative post. Your dad has an amazing talent - my parents still haven't figured out how to walk Zeke and me without us getting tangled, and that's with each one of them holding a leash! My dad likes to find golf balls, too, but he hasn't found many lately. He said he thought it was because of the dry weather, but maybe you've got 'em!

See ya!

Princess Patches said...

Thank you, sooooo much, professor, for clearing that up! Now we know...our mom needs to learn how to build highways before she tries to walk all 3 of us at one time. Somehow, I don't see that happening!

Poppy, Penny & Patches

Lorenza said...

All those are interesting questions and very interesting answers!
Kisses and hugs

Noah the Airedale said...

Your dad sounds very clever boys. We get asked the same sort of questions when we go walkies. Must be a dad thing.


NAK and The Residents of The Khottage Now With Khattledog said...


Our heads are freshly khrammed with khool information!

Tank woo fur sharing!

My mom smiled bekhause she was always the one in her family to find room in the dishwasher when others had given up hope!

PeeEssWoo: The Harrisburg Pawsylvania Peregrine Falkhon kham is live as of today!

Eric said...

Barkalotz. Boy your Dad is clever but I'm still thinking he was probably a circus ringmaster in a former life. How COOL.

When you were talking about Spring training I thought you meant doggie training.He,hee!!I see it's an over the big pee thing now I read others comments. Haaaaa!! Happy training pals.

Wiry wags. Eric xx

Agatha and Archie said...

Boys,very informative post indeed.Pl1+2 tried once with the long leash thing( we too if allowed off lead would be in Canada in 4 minutes) and the 4 of us got so tangled it took hours to get it all undone.....Kudos to Dog Dad..... SPRING TRAINING!! WOOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Love A+A

Joe Stains said...

Thanks for answering all the questions, I want to go find a golf course to cruise around on.

Scruffy, Lacie and Stanley's Place said...

WOW...Mumsie walks the three of us...we don't get too tangled cuz she usually drops all the leashes...then she has a heart attack. One time a flock of crows took off right in front of us...Mumsie almost took off with them, cuz we tugged a bit too hard.

What an informative time we need dishwasher aid...we'll know who to call!!!

Love ya lots, Boyz!


NAK and The Residents of The Khottage Now With Khattledog said...

Mom says to make sure your dad sees Turbo's post fur today!

Khyra O'Husky

Moco said...

We are so glad that you cleared a lot of those questions up for us.
But, we are sure your dogdad is really one of those aliens that the crazy old bat is always talking about.