Can’t teach an old dog new tricks?

Janis Joplin

Can’t teach an old dog new tricks? Maybe. But they can certainly teach themselves new tricks.

Janis Joplin — pictured at left (about a year ago) — has figured out how to open kitchen cabinets.

How do we know this?

Because we have now come home a couple of times to a very guilty looking Janis who is too stuffed to move and several shredded boxes o’ doggy snacks spread around the living room.

Today, two whole boxes of dog cookies were destroyed. I seriously hope Ruby helped with the consumption, but certainly Janis had the guilty look.

The truly odd part is that there was one lone cookie left behind. One singly wrapped cookie left in the middle of the shelf at Janis height eye level.

It might be possible that Ruby is the biscuit thief, but unlikely. She is the only dog I have met that actively avoids food when others are eating.

Then again, Janis has a long history of admitting her own guild and even taking us to the scene of the crime to confess. As well, Janis is quite taken with tattling on Ruby, barking and pointing at Ruby when she is digging a hole or shredding something she shouldn’t be.

3 Responses to “Can’t teach an old dog new tricks?”

  1. John C. Randolph says:

    My old housemate’s dog was able to open doors by twisting the knob with her mouth. If we wanted to keep her outside when we were away for the day, we had to lock it. Golden retrievers have a rep for being not-too-bright, but this one was able to figure out a few things.

    Strangely enough, she didn’t learn to leave snakes the hell alone after tangling with rattlers on two separate occasions.


  2. Dad says:

    that’s Papa’s girl!!
    going for the snacks.
    she probably left the cookie for Roger, she always shares.

  3. Tatra says:

    I am a border collie mix who looks a lot like Janis and the same age more or less. I figured the same thing out a couple of months ago. Dog food, Garbage – it’s all mine!

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