Hi there! As you may know, I am often called “Perfect Earl”. As one might know, dog behavior tends to mimic that of you humans so I take my title very seriously. Unfortunately, recent events may have caused me to lose my coveted title. It all began when I had knee surgery. Once I came home from the hospital, everyone was catering to me hand and foot (as they should!). My people would bring me extra pillows and blankets. My mom even brought dinner to me so I would not have to walk too far. I was loving life! Luther figured out what I was up to and was not happy about all the attention I was getting. For once, it was not all about Luther, the dog park or that damn book of his!!! He knew I was “milking” my pain. So, maybe I WAS limping a little more than was necessary, but last year I had to sit back and watch Luther go through his two ACL surgeries and preferential treatment. It was my time now, and I am going to enjoy every minute of it!
My humans had not yet figured out my plan, so it was a shock for them when they finally caught on! My sudden fall from grace began when my mom forgot to lock my crate the other day when she left the house. I frequently nap in my crate during the day, so when she locked up Luther and I was in my house, I think she assumed I was locked in as well. The truth was that my crate was not locked and the minute she left the house, I devised a plan to harass my brother. It was genius! I quietly escaped my crate and gathered up a bunch of toys in front of Luther’s crate. When Luther woke up from his nap, I started happily playing with my toys in front of him and there was nothing he could do about it. He was forced to sit and watch me!!! Boy was Luther angry! As I was hopping around the house shaking my toys in his face, he started howling in dismay. I loved it!!! The only thing that would have made it perfect was if I could have turned on the stereo to drown out his howls.
As the noise level was off the charts, I did not hear Mom come home. She saw the whole thing! Mom watched in amazement as I was bouncing around the house with toys in my mouth and teasing my brother with barely a limp. Ooops! The second I realized that my mom was standing in the doorway watching me, I immediately dropped the toy and lifted my bad leg as if it was hurting me. Unfortunately, I was busted. She saw everything. There was no going back.
Should I be able to keep my title as “Perfect Earl”?