How Do Pets Complain?

Our pets are accomplished communicators. Although they lack words, they are quite adept at letting us know exactly what they want to say. And quite often, at least around my house, it seems the most common form of communication is a gripe.
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Whether they need to go outside, or dinner is ten seconds late, or they want me to move over on the couch, Eko and Penny are well-practiced at lodging their complaints

Although their claims of injustice are often the same, Eko and Penny have distinct styles for filing grievances.

Rhodesian Ridgeback, blog, chicago, puppy

Eko is the sad, silent sobber. He won’t fight bathtime, but he’ll certainly make me feel terrible about it with those eyes and mournful face!

Rhodesian Ridgeback, blog, chicago, puppy

Penny, as always, is direct. She nudges, whines and even howls to make absolutely certain her feelings are known 

I feel like I’m constantly being interrogated in a good cop/bad cop scene.

Rhodesian Ridgeback, blog, chicago, puppy

“It’s okay, Will. You don’t have to give us the treats. I’m sure you need the treats more than us. I’ll just cry on the inside for a few hours, it will be fine…”

Rhodesian Ridgeback, blog, chicago, puppy


Safe to say, resistance is futile – the pups always get the extra treats. I can only resist their one-two punch of quiet-mourning and howling-complaints for so long.

So what about you guys? Are your pets yowlers, howlers, whiners, or silent protestors?

41 thoughts on “How Do Pets Complain?”

  1. I don’t have dogs. I have birds so they show their protests by nipping (a light bite), screaming at the top of their lungs, running away or more like flapping/flying away lol, or I get the silent treatment where they turn around and give me their back lol then I’m really in trouble lol… Not sure which I prefer but I can definitely relate to this post!!

  2. Yes we have a very VOCAL hound at this house when she thinks something is not arriving on time! Treats, when her boy is suppose to be walking her and not playing on his laptop to TIME TO EAT! It’s funny how they are.

  3. Millie leaves most of the complaining to Walter in our house. Walter has a whine that is so soft you need really good hearing to recognize it. If you look at him you can see that he is whining because his cheeks puff out a little and you can watch him take a breath. Walter is also an amazing time keeper and lets us know when not only the dogs meals are supposed to be but gets worried if we don’t eat when he thinks we should too. Sometimes Walter’s protests just make me laugh. He will give up eventually if you ignore him.

    In the past we have had German Shepherd Dogs that we much more vocal about their protests.

    I’ve always enjoyed the repartee with all our dogs.


  4. Kali stares like Eko and then makes this gurgling sound in her throat. If she doesn’t get what she wants she’ll eventually give up and move to a lying position with a deep sigh of disdain.


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