Pets Don’t Need Language To Be Persuasive

In life, our friends and family often talk us into doing things we hadn’t planned on doing.  Whether we are glad we get talked into these things is an entirely different matter.  However, those of us with pets know that you don’t always need language to “talk” someone into doing something.  Pets are masters of looks, nudges and exasperated sighs that perfectly get the message across.  Here’s a classic example from Eko last night.

Rhodesian Ridgeback, pet blog

After a balmy few days, the temperature dropped in Chicago.  Eko was looking to get toasty so his first move was to sprawl out by the woodpile and look at it longingly 

Rhodesian Ridgeback, dog blog


Normally, Eko is content to snuggle up with some blankets on the couch, but he quickly shrugged them off.  Eko know my attention was on the TV, so he put his big head right in the way and took turns staring at me and the fireplace

Rhodesian Ridgeback, dog adventure

In a final act of desperation Eko flopped down in front of the fire place and began to paw at it.  He made a pretty convincing case, or maybe he’s just a good actor, but either way I knew exactly what I needed to do

Rhodesian Ridgeback, dog blog

Basking in the warm light of success 
Rhodesian Ridgeback, dog adventure

Bossing humans around is tough work

Eko didn’t use a single word or even a single sound, but he got just what he wanted!  Anyone else get “talked” into doing things by their pets, or am I just a total sucker?  Probably both.


25 thoughts on “Pets Don’t Need Language To Be Persuasive”

  1. Eko is one clever pup! And persuasive too 🙂 He sure looks content after finally getting his fire!

    My mom and dad do not let me talk them into much, but when they do they try to make it seem like it was their idea. Of course, I know better 😉

  2. Dogs are masters of unspoken communication!

    Boomer and Dottie “talk” to us all the time. Boomer is king of getting shoes out of our closets and stacking food bowls in front of us when he wants to play while Dottie will get in your face and put her paw on your leg and stare at you until you pet her.


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