Clothes Make The Man

We have something of a direct democracy in this household. Eko and Penny submit their votes directly to me.

Although they’re independent parties, they both usually tow the same party line – “Feed us earlier. Feed us more. Take us out ASAP. No, even more ASAP than that, hurry up!”

I think I’m an accommodating president/tyrant, but there are times when the pups don’t get what they want, exactly when they want it. For some reason, Eko likes to formally lodge his complaint of mistreatment by sitting on my clothes. Rhodesian Ridgeback, blog, chicago, cute, puppy

When Eko doesn’t get dinner 30 minutes early as hoped, he huffs and puffs and pouts by laying on my gym clothes

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I’m not sure if it’s a passive-aggressive act,  or an attempt to gain my attention, or something else entirely. But I do know it’s quite deliberate

Eko is also savvy enough to know when I’m leaving on an unsanctioned trip without him.

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So when he sees me pack up for soccer he’ll nonchalantly flop on my stuff

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“Oh, yes, by all means, leave poor Eko at home and go have fun at soccer”

My favorite form of Eko’s sit-on protest is when he tries to wake me up ahead of schedule. If I admonish him for an early morning nose-poke to my face and tell him to get back to bed? Eko chooses another destination for his robust rump – my clothes.

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Trying to drop a hint?

When I do get out of bed, Eko quickly hops up and gives me his best puppy-dog eyes.

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“Sorry for waking you up, I warmed your clothes for you.”

I know “dogs sleeping on clothes” is a common behavior, but I can’t quite make sense of exactly why Eko does it.

He never does it when Emily or I are gone. He sometimes does it because he wants me to do something. Yet other times he does it because he doesn’t want me to do anything or go anywhere.

Maybe it’s a passive-aggressive pout or maybe it’s a way to muster up some attention and love from me. One thing I do know for sure is that Penny doesn’t buy the act one bit – she’s never laid on my clothes a single time.

Anyone have guesses for what motivates Eko (aside from a love of fashion)? Or if you have a fellow clothes-hound, I’d be interested to hear about when/why they like to use your wardrobe as a bed.

30 thoughts on “Clothes Make The Man”

  1. My guy loves nothing more than a fresh just out of the dryer pile of clothes, the hotter the better. Of course this makes for difficult folding…

  2. I think it’s their way of showing their displeasure. Axel, my lab, is drama with a capital D. He over reacts to everything! One day I took him to the park to play….and because he doesn’t pace himself…he got too overheated. I thought he was having a heatstroke or had something going on with his heart that hadn’t been diagnosed. He fell over on his side and refused to stand or walk. I had to carry him 6 blocks to the house. I was crying, stressed, panicked, and exhausted. Once I got home I layer him on the bed…put a fan blowing on him, and wiped him down with a wet washcloth. Within 10 minutes he was running all over the house like nothing happened. This was the first demonstration of his drama skills…there’s been many more sense. He screams EVERY time I take Ariel (my german shepard/retriever mix)out to potty. Three times a day…every day. It sounds like someone is cutting his legs off. He will run and jump on the bed everytime he gets in trouble….and put his head under the pillow while making these God awful wailing sounds. All because I told him No …to whatever. When he has his electronic collar on…..I set it on level 3 tone (goes from 1 to 15)…if I set the tone off…he will stop, turn around like “what the ! $#!, and kick both his back feet like a mule. Every single time…needless to say I keep laughing so hard..we are not getting much training accomplished. He hides his chew bones in the dirty clothes hamper too.
    Ariel is the complete opposite. Laid back, easy does it, happy to quietly lay beside me on the couch all day, etc. Yet, they are so devoted and attached to each other, I truly believe either one would grieve to death should something happen to the other. Thankfully, they are only 3 months apart in age difference.
    Our pups communicate with us all the time and with many different ways every day. The owners who spend time and treat them as a family member knows this. Because of this, we become extremely attached and devoted to them. In return, we are shown what unconditional love really is while having a relationship that can never compare to the ones we have with people.

  3. Dogs are such awesome creatures. If I leave the door open to the laundry room Gambler will kick the closet door open and pull out my winter clothes and bring them to me, if I don’t grab them and take him outside he will lay on them.

  4. I think Eko has the right idea. I mean, where can you go in your underwear if he’s sitting on your clothes trying to hatch them like an egg? I would LOVE to lounge on top of Mom’s clothes, but they’re never on the floor. She’s too neat!

    Love and licks,


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