Now I know some of you out there may think that I am missing out. I, however, will strongly disagree. I find many similarities between two-legged and four-legged kids. For example, the other morning when I woke up I went to let the dogs out for their morning "business". Amber promptly went into the dog room, grabbed a stuffed frog and trotted over to me. Although she looked mighty cute with the toy in her mouth, I took it away, tossed it back into the toy bin and told her that she would have to wait till she got back from going outside. In the meantime, Justin is bounding to the door. I go to put his leash on him and out of the corner of my eye I see Amber sneak back into the dog room. As I picked up her leash, in she came with the frog in her mouth. I had to laugh at her persistence. All the while I couldn't help but be reminded of a friend of mine who told me she had to start watching her son more carefully because although she would say no to toys, he would grab them up anyway and sneak them out of the store! Now, although my dogs are not shop lifters yet....I see the potential!
As a final example, I have to once again turn to Justin and Amber and their toys. I had just settled in for the night to do some very exhilarating data analysis (zzzzzzz!) when Justin kept coming up to me with a small little whine. I knew he couldn't need to go out, I had just taken him out. I knew he wasn't hungry, he had just eaten. He wasn't thirsty either. What could it be? I looked around and saw that Amber was now playing with the toy he had picked out of the bin. In fact, Amber had taken all the toys in the living room and collected them into a small pile in the corner of the room where she was now keeping guard over her cherished treasure. I'm pretty sure that if I spoke dog, Justin's little whine would have meant, "Mom!! She took all my toys!!!" And thus, with Justin's tattling, the gap between kids and dogs gets a little bit closer.