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February 28, 2013

Do You Have A Sneaky Pet?

As you may or may not know, one of Eko’s many nicknames is “The Windy City Bandit.”  Eko earned the moniker with his propensity to snatch treats and toys from both humans and canines when he thinks they aren’t looking.  My all time favorite Eko caper was when he

As you may or may not know, one of Eko’s many nicknames is “The Windy City Bandit.”  Eko earned the moniker with his propensity to snatch treats and toys from both humans and canines when he thinks they aren’t looking.  My all time favorite Eko caper was when he pulled an Ocean’s 11 type heist to steal some treats from the top of my fridge.

Rhodesian Ridgeback

I found Eko sitting by the stairs in the dark one day.  He didn’t want to come when called.

Rhodesian Ridgeback

Closer inspection revealed Eko’s target, but I assumed the stash was safe

Rhodesian Ridgeback

But I was wrong!  I turned around just in time to see Eko complete the smash and grab heist

While most dog owner’s know that their four-legged buddies can turn into four-legged thieves when food is involved, a recent study shows that more thought might go into the theft then you would guess.  In the study, dogs were given the command to leave a piece of food on the floor under a number of different types of lighting.  As it turns out, the dogs were four times as likely to steal the food when the lights were off – regardless of whether the human was right next to the treat!  When the treat was in the light, the dogs didn’t break command, but when treat was in the dark, it was game on.

It’s no shock that dogs can be sneaky, but I never would have guessed that Eko would use the shadows and the cover of night for his heists! Who knows what other schemes he might be running.  Do you have a favorite sneaky-pet story?

 

Comments for Do You Have A Sneaky Pet?

  1. What a great series of photos Will! That’s a dead giveaway when you call a dog who’s sitting somewhere and s/he won’t come. Daisy is a huge sneak thief; she not only won’t come when called, she also freezes in place and lowers her head to the ground when we approach. 🙂

  2. Gizmo says:

    One of your previous posts had a shot of Eko hanging over the fridge and you know I wondered whether he ever committed a little petty larceny…Clever boy!

  3. Sneaky, sneaky Eko!

    Boomer once stole a loaf of bread while we were unloading groceries, he ate everything but the bag and the two heels. And, Dottie climbed onto a chair and then the washing machine to try out our no bake cookies one afternoon. Naughty, naughty dogs!

  4. i have TOO many! lol. BOTH my cat AND my dog are sneaks!

  5. I don’t have a sneaky pet story…but that first photo is a riot! Ninja Eko-san!

  6. writetowag says:

    BOL!!!! Eko, you were totally busted!!!! Trev said those are great moves by the way!!!!

  7. emma says:

    I am a counter surfer and if mom leaves the kitchen and something yummy is within my reach it is mine! We have more issues with my cat bro Bert…he is always in trouble for stealing something and cats can get into every area, so nothing is safe unless it is locked up!

  8. I’m a counter surfer and my nickname is “the Prince of thieves”… but I don’t wear stockings like Mr. Kostner in the movie ;o)

  9. onebluedog says:

    Clever Eko! Mom says I am sneaky when I creep upstairs without permission, but I say I am just being quiet and adventurous 🙂 I would never sneak up the stairs to steal some kitty food! Never!

  10. That is the funniest photo in the shadows, perfect! LOL. I don’t think Blossum has a sneaky bone in her chubby body. But Petals often is on the counter and jumps down when she hears us coming to the kitchen….she knows she’s not suppose to be up there.

  11. Sage says:

    Interesting…I guess dogs must be able to reason that the dark is a good cover for a heist. And who said dogs aren’t smart?

  12. Such schemers! Entertaining blog. I always enjoy reading your posts!

  13. Laughed out loud at the study results, Will! Our Luna was a Rez Dog before we adopted her, and she is so smart and sneaky it’s scary. 😉

  14. Archie is the King of sneaky moggies. He has been known to steal food from the side, including Dad’s dinner and, famously, a whole cream cake left out to defrost at a party. He has also returned home with pizza, fish and onion bhaji ‘stolen’ from unsuspecting neighbours!

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