My Terrier/Retriever

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Stanley did something the other day when my son was here that just fascinated me. John and I stood there watching him in absolute amazement.
 
A squirrel popped up to the top of the fence and sat there on the ledge watching Stanley. He went into retriever mode.  His body stiffened. His tail curled. His back foot halted in the act of lifting. He was Statue Dog.
 
The squirrel locked eyes with him and stared. Stanley stared back. Neither one of them moved for three solid minutes. I know, because I kept looking at the clock. Finally, the squirrel moved and Stanley went after him in an explosion of fury.
 
I’ve seen him do that occasionally. He goes on point, just like a retriever. None of my research into terriers discusses that kind of behavior so I guess I’ll just have to add that to the other odd things Stanley does.
 
Do your pets do things out of character for their breed?

 

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11 thoughts on “My Terrier/Retriever”

  1. Daisy does things that are out of character period for human or dog. She trims her back claws herself. She nibbles them down to where we never have to trim the back ones. You might find this next one a little disgusting. When she scratches the inside of her ear she’ll lick the paw claw that she scratched with. I don’t know if she is doing it because she likes the taste of what’s in the ear or if she’s trying to wet her claws to clean the inside of her ear. Who knows! It’s just weird LOL.

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    • I think she’s just being fastidious.

      By the way, I think I’m going to have to teach myself the fine art of anal gland expression. Rolling eyes here.

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  2. My little rescue cat retrieves plastic springs that we throw downstairs for him and then brings them up in his mouth and drops them at our feet so that we can throw them again. He must think he is a dog.

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