My dog, Skyla, is the smartest puppy in the world.
You might think that your dog is in fact the smartest in the world, but you are in denial.
Anyhoo, Skyla has been studying physics lately. While Chris and I are lounging on the couch, she’ll casually pick up her orange rubber ball in her mouth and stroll out onto the balcony.
Then she’ll slide her head between the metal bars, open her mouth, and watch her ball fall into the neighbor’s yard.
She’s fascinated by this invisible force that pulls her ball to the ground. Equally amazing is the invisible force that pulls me to the pet store to purchase yet another orange rubber ball for her.
Not long after she is in possession of another ball, she’ll try to dart out onto the balcony with it. Chris and I try to stop her, but she’s so wily.
She’ll innocently be chomping on the ball in front of the fireplace, but the moment we turn our backs, she’s out the door.
Sometimes we don’t realize we’ve lost another ball until we’re playing with her toys and can’t find it. After a quick look under the bed or in the couch cushions, we’ll consider looking over the edge of the balcony.
Sure enough, there’ll be another orange ball in the neighbor’s yard or flower pots.
Currently, there are 3 balls down there.
**Note: As I was completing this post, Chris informed me that she had dropped another chew toy down there. That brings the total to 4.**
The neighbor’s yard is completely fenced in, otherwise we would have retrieved Skyla’s toys long ago.
The other night, Chris started crafting an elaborate tool out of a broom, a cardboard tube, the vacuum accessories, and duct tape. His plan was to lean over the balcony and use this thingamagig to scoop up the balls.
“Why don’t you just go knock on the neighbor’s door?” I asked.
“I’d rather be passive aggressive,” he said.
He stopped messing with his invention when I explained that we were likely to lose our vacuum accessories into their yard as well.
“So, would you rather buy a new ball or knock on their door?” I said.
“Buy another ball.”
And there you have it.
So, while Skyla continues to astound us with her intellect, it seems Chris and I haven’t learned a thing.
Do you do things the hard way or the easy way?
Got any funny pet stories?