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. Sounds like Eko has been teaching my Buddy behind my back?
    Buddy will grab my hand if I am not scratching him in the right spot. Buddy will then place it where he wants it. Due to Buddies long neck he is able to place my hand any where on his body.
    Oh yeah, Buddy grabbed my hand to help him type this to. Buddy spells better then I do?
    Thanks Eko !
    Buddy & St

    • Steven, now that is pretty impressive (and hilarious)! Buddy accepts nothing less than the perfect scratch I guess.

  2. They are clever, Petals is the queen of manipulation…she will sit and stare at me for 15 minutes until I can’t take it anymore…she wants a Wiskas treat and usually gets one…not a word, but yes she knows if she sits there long enough, I’ll crack.


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