Listening to Your Dog’s Eyes

Despite my best efforts to teach Eko and Penny to speak English, the pups still haven’t picked it up. Or they just refuse to talk to me. Which is understandable.

But spoken language is overrated. Eko and Penny can tell me just about everything with body language. I love the litany of subtle wags, postures and head-cocks each dog uses to communicate.

I am most impressed by what dogs can communicate with just their eyes.
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With Penny, I know this “thousand yard stare” look (as with most of her looks) means she’s about to explode into action

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Can you blame her? Tackling the photographer is much more fun than posing for a photo

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Even closed-eyes speak. Eko’s blissfully soaking up the sun here

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Although I didn’t need any confirmation, I think this awed-pose confirms Eko’s happiness

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Conspiratorial side-glances are a perennial favorite of mine. When the pups think I’m about to announce it’s dinner time they both remain frozen, while giving each other “Are you thinking what I’m thinking?” eyes

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When dinner is announced, the co-conspirators explode off the couch

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I’m not sure if Eko and Penny are religious, but bath time seems to get them in the mood to pray

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“If there is a Dog up there, I’m asking you to please make this bath quick!”

From wide-eyed stares of shock to happy-squinting to the much famed puppy-dog-eyes, there’s seemingly nothing our pups can’t tell us when we take the time to listen to their eyes.

The above photos capture just a few of my favorite types of looks. There are oh so many good ones to choose from. What are yours?

38 thoughts on “Listening to Your Dog’s Eyes”

  1. Roxy lays her chin on the couch and looks up at us, eyes shifting back and forth between us. She knows she’s welcome to join us on the couch,Mobutu she wants us to invite her up. I think it’s her way of making us beg.

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  2. Kees has heavy eyeliner like the Egyptians on their wall paintings. It literally underlines what she says with those expressive brown eyes. The eye smiles, the “who me?” and the “…yes, are we? yes we are…YES we are going out!” I like the most. Also the look in her eyse when for moments long she will follow something invisible to us on the ceiling. She is then so focused that she forgets her surroundings, loses her balance and falls with her head back on the pillows of her bed followed by the “now what was THAT??” look. Cracks me up every time.

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