Suddenly, A Different Dog

Many things about Stedman have changed over the past few weeks. First of all, this is how he likes to hang out with us in the TV room.

Seriously. He just hangs there until he starts to slide towards the floor then he jerks himself up and lays down in a  conventional dog posture. We don’t understand him.

He’s exactly the same age – 2 years and 2 months – that Bob was when he came to our home and he’s starting to exhibit some of the behaviors we saw in Bob that have been absent in this one so far. Chasing birds and rabbits,  for instance. After years of not even noticing when they were in the yard, Stedman has taken to chasing them, but in a Hey Guys! kind of way with perfunctory barking and playful trotting towards them. Bob’s way was a full on charge accompanied by furious barking and there was no doubt that his message was Get the hell out, you nervy bastards!

Other major landmarks include actually coming to us when we say “come” -although that’s only happened twice -and fetching tennis balls complete with cropping them at our feet. His previous tactic was either take off with them in the other direction or bring them partway back and drop them about 10 feet away from us.

All this might not sound like much to you, but for us, it’s major. We had pretty much given up on normal dog behavior.

I don’t know. Just general weirdness, like he’s channeling some other dog.

10 thoughts on “Suddenly, A Different Dog”

  1. : )
    Corgis are funny big/little guys. Fiona will chase the frisbee and bring it back until she collapses from exhaustion. Gus prefers the tennis ball. Both of them talk to us, Fiona mostly first thing in the morning and when we come home from anywhere – wooOoo-o, Gus all day, often with barks but with many other vocalizations as well.
    Tell Steds not to break his silly neck with the upside down slide thingy.

  2. My SIL just got a corgi mix puppy. She plays fetch, but she doesn’t know it’s fetch. It’s basically “look at what I have and you don’t and I’ll bring it closer so you can see it… dumbass, you threw it over there, let me go get it so I can brag to you about it again.”
    She’s 8 weeks old now, the cutest ball of wiggle I’ve ever seen.

  3. Just out ot curiosity what would “normal doggie behavior” be? I watch the Dog Whisperer and if normal doggie behavior exists I’ve never seen it.
    Of course we don’t have a dog. (allergies) but when/if I’m an alone person I’ll get a Corgie in a heartbeat. I love their little faces.

  4. remember how bob used to come up and put the tennis ball in your hand over and over? like “ok this is how it works. you take it and now you throw it, see?”

    -daughter (logged in as you)

  5. Yea! Stedman pics!

    Herding breeds take a bit longer to respond to human commands. They are very self-motivated and self-contained. It’s always like, wha. . . ? Oh, you’re talking to me. You want something from me? Why should I care?

    He’s adorable, as ever.

  6. Maybe he’s just trying to tell you that he’s yearning for some female companionship (of the dog kind).

  7. When our dog gets upside-down like that I always think, “Whoa, all that blood, rushing to the brain. Pooling. No good can come of this.”

  8. Loaf used to halfway-fetch (run and get the ball, bring it back halfway, drop it, and then wait expectantly). Wearying. He also used to lie precisely that same way on the sofa–upside down, smooshed against my leg, sliding so slowly as to be almost imperceptible. Corgis are adorable, but very weird.

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