My new shirt got an outing today!
At lunchtime today I felt a desperate need for chocolate. Maybe it was hormonal, maybe it was blue Monday calling, but whatever it was felt much stronger than my usual yearning, so I indulged in a bag of chocolate buttons – comforter of children everywhere! As I stood opening my buttons, waiting for the traffic lights to change, I felt a gentle pressure at my ankles, and looked down to see an adorable English bull terrier, head cocked on one side, paw raised begging. And I wondered what exactly it is that goes through a dog’s mind when they hear the familiar rustle of a sweet wrapper…
I mean, how do you think dogs think? Harry, our family dog, can hear a Kit Kat being opened from the next room. I like to imagine his thought process runs something along the lines of:
“Ooh – what was that? It could be a Quality Street, there are some left from Christmas lying around… Oh, wait… nope, nope, I think it’s actually Daddy-Pete rummaging about in the After Eights. Might be some left… better check it out!”
Particularly as Harry always looks so pensive (not to mention pathetic!) when begging for a treat – like he’s really thought this one through and needs something to replenish his energy levels. Unfortunately, I think in reality his thoughts run more along the lines of:
“Wrapper? Wrapper?? Wrapper! WRAPPER WRAPPER WRAPPER WRAPPER WRAPPER WRAPPER – OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOH! SWEEEEEEEEEEETIE!”
The funny thing was that the terrier’s behaviour actually supported theory 1 more than theory 2. His owner, seeing what he was doing, looked down at him and said “Lucky, don’t be greedy – you’ve just had some chicken for lunch. Remember?” At which Lucky stopped begging, came to heel and sat waiting to cross the road. As if he understood perfectly.
Mind, I can’t see Harry behaving like that any time soon!