Mama Diaries

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Dog Genius

Our hundred pound German Shepherd, Schultz, is now six years old. (Which means I must've been blogging for six years, since he was just a puppy when I first started.) The dog is rather smart, but he never seemed to know my name. He knew "Daddy," and "Bubba," and my daughter's name. But not "Mama."


Time and time again, we'd ask him to "get Mama." and he never would. He'd go to the window and look out, even though I was standing two feet away from him.


Well, some kind of connection finally happened in his dog brain. The day he turned six, he figured it out.


"Go get Mama," my husband said.


And he did!


We made a big fuss about it.


We asked him the next day, and he remembered.


It's been a whole two weeks, and he still knows who I am. Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks?

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    1. I didn't think he'd ever figure it out!

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  2. Maybe he thought of you in dog-talk as 'feeding lady' not Mama. . .

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  3. Well, he's all grown up now - no more time to pretend he doesn't know who you are.

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  4. Maybe he had a different name for you in his head. Perhaps he calls you Sherry or The Beautiful Lady or The Musician.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Haha! Yes. It's probably, "human who makes noise with funny things."

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  5. He was just making you wait for it

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  6. Dogs can be such strange (and wonderful) creatures. Makes you wonder what finally clicked for him to know you by Mama.

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    1. I have no idea how he finally figured it out. Maybe he knew all along, and he was just pretending he didn't know.

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  7. OMG!! That is so funny! Well, never give up, eh? Gives us all hope. :)

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    1. Haha! Yes indeed. We can all learn new tricks.

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  8. That's so sweet, Sherry. You're a patient mom. Happy 6 years of blogging. And happy birthday to Shultz. 🌷💝🐶

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  9. You might be able to teach an old dog new tricks, but an old human can be as stubborn as all get out.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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  10. What a wonderful doggy story, hope his memory remains.
    Yvonne.

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  11. He must've figured out who's really important! You need Mama for a lot of things. Good job, Schultz.

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    1. Yes. I'm the one who feeds him. He better know who I am!

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  12. Funny how things just click when you least expect it.

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  13. Congratulations, better late than never :)

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  14. must be because, face it sister, you ain't really his mama :)

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  15. Oh that's so exciting he finally got it! Maybe it was because mamma sounds similar to dadda? But that's so great! You've been blogging the same amount of time as me!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

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    1. Wow! I'm so glad we "met." I've been really enjoying all your fashions on your blog.

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  16. Way to go, Schultz! Happy blog birthday! :)

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    1. Schultz is a dog genius! And thanks for the blog b-day wishes!

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  17. LOL! And there's a lesson in persistence and patience, eh? And good parenting.

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    1. Some "kids" take a little longer to learn things. ;)

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    2. Agreed. If my youngest son survives to adulthood, I will be a saint. No joke. ;)

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  18. You must be one proud mama :) Great post. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Yes. I'm quite pleased that he finally figured it out.

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  19. Hi, Sherry!

    That's a curious phenomenon, especially since Schultz finally got the connection precisely on his birthday. Maybe all these years he was running to the window because he thought you meant his doggy mama, the German Shepherd, was arriving. :)

    We used to laugh at our Toto at the start of every Christmas season when we'd start decorating the house. We'd look at her and exclaim, "Toto, Christmas is coming!" She start barking and run to the window and keep her eyes peeled. :)

    Have a great weekend, dear friend Sherry!

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    1. I found that most interesting, too. You may be right. He may have been waiting for his real mommy. And now he figures she's just not coming, so I'll have to do.

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  20. Woot woot! Happy birthday Schultz! At least he's learning, right?

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  21. We are convinced our German Shepherd Sorcia understands 75% of what we say. But she only pays attention to things that are important to her.

    The other day, I said to our German exchange student, who has only been here a month, "Marie, you can feed the dog if you want."

    Sorcia got up from the other room, came in, and stood in front of Marie expectantly. I get that she knows "feed the dog." But she also knew Marie was the one who was going to do it.

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    1. I think dogs understand a lot more than we think they can.

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  22. Dogs are smart, they play us right back sometimes:) I bet he knew "mama" all along;)

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  23. There's definitely something to this. My dog was dumb as dirt for the first 6-7 years of his life. Now that he's 8, he understands everything I teach him instantly... and I really just don't understand it. Or question it.

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    1. I wonder if their brain fully develops around that age. Like human brains aren't fully developed until their twenties. Interesting thought.

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  24. great feeling spring when your pet learn something new .glad he did dear.
    happy birthday to your lovely blog

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  25. That's funny! Glad he's showing you the pet love you deserve. LOL (Can you believe we've all been blogging that long? Happy Blogging Birthday!)

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    1. I know. It's hard to believe. I'm kind of nearing the end of my blog time, though. I have so much going on, and my kids have commented that they'd rather not be the subject of my blogs.

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  26. I'm glad he put two and two together! All our dogs are mummy's boys (and one girl). I hardly get a look in!

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    1. Schultz loves his daddy. He's the one who gets all the attention.

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  27. That is awesome! Go Schultzie. :)
    ~Jess

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  28. Yaaay! I've been meaning to get a German myself. :)

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