True Short Story: The Smartest Dog Ever
My boyfriend (at the time) and I were planning an out-of-state move, so to save money we lived with his parents for about six months. They lived in a large two-story house so we weren’t cramped for space and we all got along very well. The only downside was that they really liked to spoil our dog with treats. Every morning my father-in-law would make his coffee and give Kiska, our Husky-Samoyed mix, a “cookie”.
Kiska was 10-years old then and a little smarter that the average dog. We guessed that his vocabulary could have been as high as 500 words. He certainly knew where the dog biscuits were kept.
One day someone left the cabinet door slightly ajar. Kiska seized the opportunity and absconded with the entire box!
We might have never known that it was him, except we found the evidence: his hiding spot and teeth marks in it where he’d carried it. He hid the box downstairs behind the patio curtain; a curtain that ordinarily stayed closed. I just happened to pull the curtain open and find his box of dog biscuits. Amazingly, only a few were missing.
Kiska was in the room when I opened the curtain. He stood up, turned around and sat down facing away from me as if he didn't see me. When I asked him if he knew how the box got there. He pretended not to hear me, got up and slowly walked out of the room. Uh huh, I knew what happened!
If you've ever had an old dog, you probably know that they understand more than they let on…and they can teach themselves new tricks!