What’s Layla Thinking?
Do you ever wonder what your pet is thinking? I do – probably too often than normal. There are times when she is acting particularly bizarre and I find myself guessing (in my head) what she might be thinking. Here are a few examples.
Sometimes when I let her out of her cage in the morning, she lays prostrate on the floor, flips on her back, and rotates around and around while making odd, not quite barky noises. What can she possibly be thinking? How about this? “I am so tired of being in that cage – now I can stretch and move and the cold floor feels sooooo good!
The other day, she was on the couch barking at no one and nothing in particular. She was not looking out the window, or following the path of a moth, or trying to find a toy, or standing near the “treat cabinet” or warning us of someone approaching the house. For no apparent reason, she began to bark somewhat conversationally. When I asked – what do you want Layla? what is it? She only continued on her canine verbal rampage. What can she be trying to tell me? Maybe she’s complaining about something from yesterday like when she was confined to her cage while I went shopping, or about the time I threw out her squeaky toy because I could not stand the noise any more, or protesting about my new campaign to withhold table food from her; maybe she’s just testing out her bark range.
Here’s a good one. I was sitting on the couch folding clothes, she rushed up next to me and for no apparent reason lunged her full weight on me (70 lbs), pushing me into a horizontal position, and proceeded to lick my face, my ears, nibble my nose while wagging her tail furiously. It was a rare and random act of affection. This went on for at least three or four minutes and then stopped, at which time she left the couch, jumped on the love seat and went to sleep. What was she thinking? Maybe – “I don’t show enough affection. I really love her, and I think I will shower her with doggy kisses. Now I’m tired, time to stop and take a nap.”
Just about every night, usually around 9:00 PM, she does her crazy dog routine. She runs inside (from the yard) at the speed of light, jumps up on the couch, jumps down, jumps on the loveseat, jumps downs, sprints around the living room and dining room into the kitchen, back up on the couch – a sequence she repeats at least four times, until someone hurls themselves on her to stop the insanity. What is she thinking? My guess is that she knows the night is winding down, that soon she’ll be given her last treat, escorted to her cage for the night and she wants one last whirlwind of activity. It’s probably her way of ridding herself of stress until she peacefully sleeps for at least ten hours. What a life – I often say that I want to come back as Layla. She’s always happy, eats with gusto, sleeps like a content baby and everyone loves her. What more can you ask for?
Sometimes, when I let Layla out in the yard, I realize that she’s been out for a while, and I don’t hear her. I go out to investigate and find her standing or sitting on the grass in the middle of the yard – not sniffing, not barking, not digging – motionless. What can she be thinking? This is a hard one, but I think that maybe she’s reflecting on all of her interactions for the day. “Boy, was that leather shoe under the bed a great find – so soft and chewy”. “I wonder why they insist on giving me that awful dry food – I know she’ll give me some real stuff, if I hold off on eating it long enough”. Is that a bunny I hear, or a squirrel, or some other yummy small animal. If I stay quiet, I’ll catch it before it even knows I’m coming”. “I just love the cool (or warm) air – what a day!”. Well, that’s my attempt and doggie mind-reading. Signing off for today. Lorraine