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March 25, 2014

Uncommon Courtesy

“Good boy!” I said. “What did Eko do?” Emily asked. “He threw up on the floor!” I beamed. Like you probably are right now, Emily was confused. Why exactly would I praise Eko for throwing up on the floor? Well, because it was an uncommonly courteous thing of him to
“Good boy!” I said. “What did Eko do?” Emily asked. “He threw up on the floor!” I beamed. Like you probably are right now, Emily was confused. Why exactly would I praise Eko for throwing up on the floor? Well, because it was an uncommonly courteous thing of him to do. Allow me to explain.

Doing his part to keep the apartment clean

With all the mischief they get into, dogs inevitably throw up. Not pretty, but true. Luckily Eko is not big on ingesting objects, however while snapping sticks at the park he incidentally ate some bark that did not sit well with him. When he was younger and uncultured, Eko would throw up wherever he happened to be at the moment. But without any active input on my part, Eko somehow deduced that I was more upset when he vomited on his bed or a blanket – locations which involved extensive, multi-part cleaning. These days, when the rare occasion calls for it, Eko throws up only on the hardwood floor. Brilliant! Clean up is immediate, quick and the floor is as good as new. I supremely appreciate Eko’s efforts and will always thank him for his gentlemanly ways.

Clean bed = happy Will = happy Eko

This incident got me thinking about other types of not-so-common courtesies pets can show us. For example, when Eko was younger we had an understanding – he wouldn’t destroy my shoes, as long as I didn’t leave them out. After losing a number of shoes, Eko finally decided to take pity on me. Instead of destroying my shoes when I left them out, he simply started maiming them. It was quite a kind gesture because the shoes were still wearable.

My customized sandals from Eko were battered but worked just fine

Emily’s boots were only destroyed on the back sole, what a thoughtful pup that Eko is! (Though I’m glad he’s out of his chewing phase)

But possibly my favorite uncommon courtesy is when Eko purposefully and intelligently disobeys me. Eko knows my head isn’t screwed on tight enough so he is kind enough to double check what I’ve asked him to do. Before I buckle Eko in for a car ride, I always put down a blanket over the seat. When I ask Eko to jump up and there’s no blanket, he will stand there and look at me with a “Forget something, buddy?” look until I figure it out.

“Will, you’re killing me here.” 

You won’t find any of these courtesies in a manners book or a training-manual, but I have to say they are greatly appreciated!

Does your pet show you any uncommon courtesies?

Comments for Uncommon Courtesy

  1. Eko you really were a good boy to use the floor , I agree with you. Easy always uses the stairs, maybe to simulate a waterfall :o)

  2. Emma says:

    Those kind of things are the best and aren’t taught in any dog school. I know we all have some of those, sadly, as hard as Mom has tried to get Katie to throw up on the wood floors, she insists on using the carpet and if possible she will hit a couple rooms which is so thoughtful! Mom loves that look we give her like the one Eko gives you when you forget the blanket. We are such helpful creatures!

  3. Victoria says:

    Muffin will come lick my face when i am cleaning up her poo – like thanks Mom for cleaning up that mess. Guess that stems from potty training and me really making a big deal out of how good she was pottying outside. Both Rigby and Muffin only get really crazy when playing in the yard – they are sweet enough not to do that in the house (if they did Muffin’s tail and body slams would take out most of the furniture). Both use their best manners around my 72 year old Mom, giving her all the kisses she can handle (with muffin its most likely a bath for my Mom).

  4. mollieandalfie says:

    Bawahwhahhwhaaaaw there’s plenty of life left in those sandal’s. Oh Eko you crack us up, I chucked in my bed the other day, two blankets and a quilt has to be washed.. Humom was not inpressed but we have carpet, if I chuck on that I might burn a hole in it .. Can’t win in this pad BOL.. xxxoxxx

    Mollie and Alfie

  5. harrispen says:

    One of our GSD’s learned to throw up on the hard floors too. It does make clean up easier.

  6. Mags Corner says:

    Eko has given us a good laugh, really enjoyed this post. Good job sweet Eko. Guess we have been lucky, Chancy always does his throwing up outside after nibbling of grass. That has not been very often. He has started to help out by keeping most or all of his toys in one room, he has not yet decided to put them in a neat pile though, he seems to prefer them to be scattered over the area where we walk. lol Hugs and nose kisses

  7. meANXIETYme says:

    Lucky! We had one dog that always threw up in one room and fortunately it wasn’t one we frequented (but she did). But even then, she wasn’t much of a puker. Now we have one that eats everything outside, and then when she throws up she always aims for the carpet in the house (despite most of our first floor being tile). Also, twice she has thrown up on the border of the carpet and tile, so some of it went down in between the two kinds of flooring. And to make things even better, she always throws up at least twice, sometimes three times, and it’s always a few feet away from each other. Ugh.

  8. adoptedmom says:

    Pawwaves Will & Ecko. First I wanted to thank you for coming to my blog and leaving comments when you can. ChazztheDog and I appreciate the feedback. http://www.adoptedmomtochazzthedog.wordpress.com As to this post here Chazz “urka” little piles on floor most times..but I have found some surprises on the couch..eww yucky..need fabric stain cleaner then a pump or two of Febreeze

  9. we’re with you ALL the way on the throwing up on the floor. We have Pergo floors which are super easy clean up with pets! Dakota usually is quite considerate that way too!

  10. dogdaz says:

    You are my hero. The doggies tend to push me around.

  11. Eko – you have such a great buddy in Will! Dog Tender extraordinaire! Good job all round I say 🙂

    Orlando is usually thoughtful also about where he throws up – makes a mad dash for the kitchen door and if I am quick enough we can even get him into the garden. High five for that! He kind of figured it out himself too, just like Eko did.

  12. pawedblog says:

    Well done Eko! Myfie and Millie will sense the need soon enough to be let out. Ellie, however, has never worked it out. If she wants to do it she just stops wherever she is at the time and lets it go! So I can certainly share your joy!
    Hugs, Carrie (Myfie, Ellie and Millie) x

  13. Christy Joz says:

    This post has me rolling becaise my male RR does the exact same thing with vomiting; he will go to the nearest hatd floor! He is a very sensitive man, so afterwards he is ashamed and hangs his head until I reassure him that it’s okay and he is a good boy.
    My female RR keeps me on my toes, and doesn’t let me forget my daily responsibilities. I don’t know how she does it, even with the recent time change, she knows when it is exactly 5pm…dinnertime!!! If it is after five, she lets me know through whines, paw pats,etc. She’s my alarm clock:) Aren’t dogs amazing??
    You guys are great! Here’s to a great spring! Wherever it is:)

  14. Artemis sometimes throws up in the morning (even if I feed her small snack at night, once every two months or so she’ll get the urge to purge at 4AM). She threw up on my bed once, and that was a not so fun morning. The next time I heard her start gagging, I nudged her off the bed with my foot, and by the time I got out of bed and returned with some disinfectant and paper towels she was back asleep.

    After the first few nudges she now starts gagging and hops off the bed and sits next to it until I come back to clean it. Thank goodness that we don’t have carpeting!

    Apollo’s only real courtesy is he likes sleeping and will never wake me up. As far as he is concerned, if I’m asleep, he should be asleep.

  15. Jenny says:

    My dog’s a tremendous communicator – she lets me know when there’s a problem, like scraping the water bowl with her claws when it’s empty or crying next to the bookshelf when I’ve moved her ‘chew bowl’ up off the floor to hoover and forgot to put it back. We make a good team!

  16. The answer to that would be – NO. It’s like Lord of the Flies over here. No rules. Mom might try to differ, but trust me. The whole day is a crap shoot.

    Love and licks,

  17. Nice work Eko! I love his expressions- the eyes tell all!

  18. Boomdeeadda says:

    I was totally nodding my head when you praised Eko for being sick on the hardwood rather than his bedding or an area rug. Poor Petals has a bad tummy and sometimes has these moments too. She’s not anywhere’s near as kind as Eko and I often have to clean up carpets. I’m shampooing the carpet in this condo one spot at a time, ha.

    Loving the shoe photo’s too, ha. We’ve been really happy that the kitties have never scratched the furniture or clawed the sofa or chairs. My girlfriends kitty has totally messed up her dining chairs, Mr B would not be impressed.

    I really can’t think of a courtesy, cats are just that way…me-ow me-ow me-ow isn’t too different than me me me, LOL. Blossum wakes me up early everyday by pawing at my face which has been handy the odd morning I’ve actually wanted to be up early. Happy accident more than courtesy, but I’ll give her that one.

  19. OhMelvin says:

    Hahahahah! I knew exactly what part about throwing up on the floor you were excited about! If there is going to be an issue (and we all know there is going to be and issue), hardwood and tile floor clean up is so much easier!

  20. Can so relate to the throwing up…one reason to get rid of carpeting! Other courtesies…hmm not so many. Jack is pretty good about letting me go in and out the door without knocking me over, so that’s a plus. And both he and Maggie are pretty good about sticking their head through their collars when we are getting ready to go for a walk – no struggling with getting them on just open it and they walk right into it.

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