Dog Communication: Be Good to Cookie or She'll Tell on You

You're busted!
This was an ongoing joke in our house. Every time hubby took Cookie somewhere by himself, I'd always say, "Be good to her, or she'll tell on you." To which he'd reply, "I know, she will."

Neither of us expected she actually would.

The other morning, another of the REALLY cold ones, hubby took Cookie for a short walk by himself while I stayed with JD. As always, I reminded him to be good to her.

As they returned, Cookie walked into the house and she did not look happy.

"What happened?" I asked, "Cookie doesn't look very happy."
"In the middle of the walk," hubby replied, "she got a whiff of something and was trying to pull my shoulder out of the socket. So I got a bit cross with her. She was very good after that."
(I asked him to keep her mostly on the leash because it was way too cold for any big exploration adventures)

So that's what happened.

Cookie is a very emotional girl. Her feelings obviously got hurt and she remembered it all the way home. Then she walked in, "Mommy, daddy was mean to me."

So now we know. If you're mean to her, she WILL tell on you. Who would have thought.

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  1. These sensitive dogs really encourage us to be our best, don't they?

    1. Yes, they certainly do. And Cookie is really very emotional.

  2. Sherman is super emotional also. He'll go sit next to my husband and won't look at me for at least an hour ;)

    1. That's quite cute. Poor guy, having a mean mommy like that LOL

  3. Awww - I couldn't help but giggle! Reya does the EXACT same thing! Reya is very vocal and she will go to my husband or me to 'taddle'. When she was a puppy, she used to run to my husband and have a fit anytime I went in the laundry room because she wasn't allowed in there. lol!

    1. I hear you. Cookie hates it when somebody goes anywhere without her. Plus I think Cookie is getting pretty close to speaking English ;-)

  4. Awwww what a sweetie - he told hahahaha that's the best

    1. Yep, I knew right away as she walked in. Who would have thought?

  5. first dog was like that. Magic--not so much, nothing fazes him!

    1. Cookie is very sensitive and emotional. But being able to "tell on somebody" is impressive.

  6. awwww sweet pup BOL!
    Taddle -TAIL!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

  7. Awwwww what a funny girl. Koly is like that too. You can't get mad at him or he'll have sad tail for HOURS. He really is a sensitive little guy. Sounds like your Cookie is too.

  8. I love all the expressions my dogs give. From, "mom, seriously?" to "I love you to the moon and back". They make me so incredibly happy.

  9. Sensitive dogs are so easy to sympathize with. I learned quickly that my dog Laika is on the sensitive side so I have to be careful to never raise my voice with her. It's just so hard looking at them when they seem so.. upset. Part of me wonders if they use it to their advantage, but the other half realizes they probably are just super sensitive, like many people.

    1. Some are way more sensitive than others, that's for sure.

  10. Some dogs are just very sensitive - it's good to have one like that, they'll keep you on your tosies!

  11. Awww, Cookie. Sometimes parents raise their voices at us to keep us and them safe. Don't be too sad about it. Mom and Dad will give you extra loving when you are being a really good girl to make up for it!

    1. She gets lots of loving :-) Soaks it up like a sponge, too.

  12. Awww! Poor baby. Hope she is feeling better and had time to forgive her daddy for that awful transgression!

  13. That is just classic! Just 'cause dogs don't talk, doesn't mean they don't tell!
    Love & Biscuits,
    Cathy, Isis & Phoebe

    1. Very true. Though Cookie does her best to talk too :-) You should hear it. Thinking of putting some of that on cue.


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