Angel Jake at the RBC (Rainbow Broadcasting Corporation)

Angel Jake at the RBC (Rainbow Broadcasting Corporation)

Monday, February 28, 2011

Clever Dog? Naughty Dog?

Here's a "clever dog? naughty dog?" tale about my adorable ever-loving, ever-enthuastic, often skittish, but always curious, Just Harry.

First the "clever dog." Saturday morning, we all slept a bit late. Usually that's not a problem as the Boyz can "hold it" without any difficulty. But as I stumbled out of bed and went into our bathroom, whom do I see stepping out of the shower but no other than JH himself. "Hmm," thought I. He rarely goes in there. The last time was last winter when some kind of four-legged intruder apparently had made his way into the attic, causing JH great consternation. Even though it was in the middle of the night, he barked and barked and barked until I managed to reassure him that we were not under attack. Nevertheless, he spent the rest of the night paws crossed in front of the bathroom door -- just in case.

So "hmm," I thought. And then I looked at the shower floor and saw the grout between the tiles where he had been was a bit darker. "Hmmm," again. Yep, Just Harry had gone into the shower stall to relieve himself, rather than on the bedroom rug. Clever dog!!!!!

Ah, but Sunday is when my little wirey boy showed his other irrepressible side. We had taken my dad out to lunch and he had given us a little plastic bag of rugelach -- a delicious often jam-filled pastry that is a Jewish favorite, especially on certain holidays. We had that little bag and a few other things in a larger bag that I set on the floor of the foyer when we got home. (You see where this is going, right?)

Both dogs sniffed the bag when I set it down, but I forgot about it until later that afternoon when I was thinking about dessert for dinner. "Jack, did you move the bag with the rugelach?" "No," replied husband. "Where did you leave it?" "In the bag in the foyer. And it's not there."

Search party assembled, we didn't have to look too far before we found an empty plastic bag on the sofa in the living room, nary a crumb left to tell the story. Only the tooth marks on the plastic (fortunately still 99 percent whole), bore witness to the feast.

Fortunately too, no chocolate was involved. And no tummy aches or other disturbances. No dessert for the humans, either.

When interviewed (on the very scene of the crime), Just Harry simply said, "Hey, a dog's gotta' do what a dog's gotta' do!

(How did I know it was Just Harry and not Mr. Jake? Sometimes a mom just knows.)


Barbara said...

Peed in the shower? Good dog!!

Rugelach? I miss good rugelach! Finders Keepers!

♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥ said...

Oh yes, sometimes the Mom really just knows. She loves rugelach too.

But clever boy using the shower. At least he was in the proper room:)

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

George The Lad said...

Harry, your one clever dog, I don't blame you for taking the rugelach, its a good pay off for not going on the bathroom floor.
Maybe next time you go in the shower mom will give you a treat, so you don't have to go and find one!
See Yea George xxx

Bouncing Bertie said...

Wow, that sounds like a great home you have there JH. The humans leave bags of food on the floor? Available and unattended? Oh please, can I come and live with you?
Oh and well done about the shower thing!
Toodle pip!

Two French Bulldogs said...

You are clever and very smart Harry. BOL Rugelach, huh
Benny & Lily

Gus said...

We like his solution to humans who sleep in. Could he come and give Teka Toy lesson please?

Bocci said...

Ha! We're trying to decide which story we like better...! That's a wire for ya-only mine (the late Carson) would have eaten the plastic bag, too!

Asta said...

Just Hawwy, not only awe you bwilliant , but so considewate. Not waking anyone and going to the most logical place to welieve youwself.BWAVO!
As fow the wugelach, well, good gwief, who could have wesisted that yummilicious bag full of them.I suwe couldn't and I don't know anyone else who could eithew.
I say"you snooze, you lose"hehehehe
smoochie kisses

Kari in Alaska said...

I wish Big Carl would use the shower if he had to go...


Molly the Airedale said...

How clever you are to tinkle in the shower, JH!
We've had rugelach before and it's good stuff!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

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

Rugelach...oh my that sounds fabulous...Boyz...did ya save us any???? peed in the shower? Hmm...when Scruffy lets it fly, it's pretty standard...carpet, throw rugs etc...but Mumsie's last foxie jumped into the bathtub one day and um made a puddle.

Strong work, Harry!!!

Oh, we would like some warm weather if you have any to spare!!


Miss Lacie

Lorenza said...

I would say... Good boy... and good boy... on both of those events!
Kisses and hugs

The Boston Lady said...

Oh my that's funny. Clever, clever canines. Ann

Maxmom said...

Hey there guys...
I can't say I blame the poochies for that delicious, delectable theft. Had that bag been hovering around my nose, I don't think I'd be able to resist either, :). (And do you have to show me that photo when my mouth is already watering?!)
As for the 'making a plan' about the slow humans...I think Jake's shower answer is priceless. Well done!
Sending lotsaluv to you all.

Agatha and Archie said...

Neither clever or naughty but simply BRILLIANT MY CHAP BRILLIANT!!!! Oh she does not know what went into this whole thing does she???!!! First you do something so FABULOUS like peeing in the shower to MAKE HER NOT MAD WHEN YOU GO FOR THE RUGELACH JACKPOT BRILLIANT except for one small thing.... YOU DIDN'T BREAK THE PLASTIC DEAR BOY Call Archie on his cell IMMEDIATELY for the next time He is the master at this.. Love A+A

Lacy said...

w00fs, heehee, Jodee jumps in the tub, but not to pee, she likes licking the water or eating the grout stuff..

b safe,

Yeaaa, JH, u scored big time..


Sounds like a very smart WTF to us.

Essex & Deacon


The quote is from the movie "The Replacements."

Not sure why we wrote Wikileaks Task Force, when we were thinking Wire Fox Terriers.

Hope you had a great weekend.

Question: Do you think the Redbirds will resign Albert?

Essex & Deacon

Ina in Alaska said...

Dear Joan, just saw your comment about Wasilla (!) in June.

I would love to assist your brother & sister-in-law to some fun while they are in the area. There is so much to do and I have lots of ideas but in order to be super helpful, let me know how much time will they have on their own after the wedding festivities, what do they enjoy, etc. (Alaska is super casual by the way, one can never be too under-dressed for any occasion) They will definitely want to rent a car!

My email is

Also, I would enjoy meeting them for a glass of wine or champagne and to say hello! I look forward to hearing from you/them!

And JH was so smart to take care of his emergency in the shower!!!!

The Black and Tans. said...

Just Harry you are one smart Terrier, well done for using the bathroom and hunting out good food.

Molly, Taffy, Monty and Winnie

PS. Thank you for our lovely Christmas card, we received it on SAturday! lol

Pippa said...

Ha! I bark no more. Lost in admiration at both strategies.


Sunshade said...

Clever clever dog on BOTH accounts!!!

ps. mum says seeing your pictures makes her want to give you scritches through the compooter screen!

Love nibbles,
Miss Sunshade

Asta said...

Welcome back Boyz
I know you will miss ouw wondewful pal Lenny too.
He is waziting fow us in heaven along wif too many of ouw othew fwiends, but staying hewe in ouw heawts
smoochie kisses

Moco said...

A man for all seasons.

Angus said...

Oh Harry !

Asta said...

Dawling jake and just Hawwy
I'm vewy vewy gwateful that we met and awe fwiends and got even luckiew cause we got to acshooally meet youw pawents in pawson!!!!!!!
I do miss youw posts, but we know how busy life can get. I will just be patient until you have time to come back
until then, smoochie kisses and happy Passovew