Silly Pet Routines

Princess

Yes, it’s time to talk once more about our pets. Those wonderful creatures who make our lives so much better, but who at times, can drive us absolutely bonkers.

I inherited my beautiful kitty Princess nearly ten years ago from family members moving overseas. Princess came to me with the unfortunate routine of needing to be petted while eating.Never heard of this one before? Well, a young family member would pet Princess while she was at her food bowl. Apparently Princess grew to love — and demand — this attention.

This meant that the minute I walked in the front door (whether I’d been gone a week or five minutes), Princess would run to greet me, begin yelling nonstop, and lead me (notice who is in charge) to her food bowl. No, she wouldn’t  eat right away, but would continue to yell until I started petting her….then she would eat.

Finally, about a year ago, I got the brilliant idea to try and break the routine. Right, real successful. All I’ve managed to do is make a longer routine for when I return home.

Now, the minute I open the front door, Princess again leads me to her dish (yelling all the way). But now, she waits for me to pick her up, at which point, we do a “tour” of our home. With me carrying her high in the air, Princess gets to look at the tops of paintings, the tops of tall dressers, and at the ever fascinating light switches perched high on walls.

Once our tour is done, I set her back on the floor, where she again leads me to her food dish to be brushed — not petted — while eating.

At this point, I’m just going to go with the modified routine. After all, she is nearly 12 years old. And I’m not sure I’m up to a more extended “welcome home.”

So what about you? Do you have any similar routines with your pets?

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15 Responses to “Silly Pet Routines”

  1. Tee says:

    Ours is a rescue Lab and I think her former owner was very negligent with her, especially in feeding her. She was underweight and was used to often spending several nights away in the woods near where she lived. When we got her, she was always wanting food. The first morning with us she woke us up jumping on the bed and not going away until we fed her. Unfortunately, that’s a habit I can’t seem to break. Now when she’s ready to begin the day, so am I, sometimes reluctantly. I can stall her off for about an hour by keeping my eyes closed; but then enough is enough, she says.

    She had/has some other eccentricities that we had to work with—being afraid of walking on any hard floor, banging pots and pans in the kitchen, grabbing a broom or mop—things like that. She’s pretty good now, especially when things like that happen in the kitchen, which is her very favorite spot in the house, primarily when meals are being prepared. She never sits down until we’re ready to eat.

    I’ve used a lot of what Caesar Milan and Victoria suggests when working with unwelcome habits in dogs; and for the most part, they worked. But some didn’t, and some I just decided to go with the flow on. We love her!

  2. xina says:

    Our little sheltie trys every attempt to keep me from leaving when he sees me with my purse and my coat on. When I pick up my keys (he can hear my keys jingle no matter where he is in the house and comes running) he is turning in circles by the door and barking. He is blocking the door turning in crazy circles. When I finally get by him and locking the door, he is jumping…leaping really, to see out the window of the door. I go through this routine every single day. My daughter thinks it’s awful that I don’t try to break him of it. One time, he actually put his paws around my leg trying to hold me. It’s nice to be loved and all, but this is ridiculous. :) Our Beagle could care less. He’s lying on the couch looking at the sheltie’s antics with disdain. If he could talk it would be…”Control yoursef you fool!!! Pull it together man!”

  3. xina says:

    trys = tries. (ugh)

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  5. Tee, your dog is lucky to have you, but what a way to wake up every morning.

    Oh dear, Xina, I just had to laugh about your dog running in circles, and even grabbing your leg with his paws. Oh my! Princess generally glares at me as I get my coat on, but will usually run to “her” chair in front of a window to watch me walk out the front door.

  6. AAR Sandy says:

    Rufus has me on an extremely detailed daily schedule. One of the funniest is his demand that I place a small cup of water on my bedside table every day as soon as I get home. Then I must stand there and pet him while he drinks — or, more correctly, splashes it all over my night table.

    I am easily manipulated when it comes to water because he has (or used to have, since they’re under control now) urinary tract crystals and lots of drinking water is a necessity.

    I stopped doing it when I finally invested in a water fountain and he got over the hurdle. THEN, I don’t know why really, out of the blue one day I started again and now we are back to the daily routine.

    Funny thing is, he enjoys it more when he catches me by checking for water and it’s not there yet. He enjoys flouncing off — and he has a lot of fur so a flounce is particularly effective — when he’s caught me. The little bastard.

    I bet Princess has a good flounce, too.

  7. LinnieGayl says:

    LOL, Sandy. Rufus is definitely a character. And yes, Princess does a wonderful flounce.

    Now I always used to keep a glass of water on my nightstand, but it was for myself. That is, until I discovered Princess sipping from it! I now have now switched to water bottles with caps, so that Princess can’t help herself to my water.

  8. Marcella says:

    The smartest of our two dogs, a 14 year old Westie, counts the cups of coffee we have: with every second one she wants a treat. She started doing this a couple of years ago and it took me a while to figure out there was a rhythm to her begging routine. We found it so cute, we indulged her so now we are not ‘allowed’ to forget the treat with every 2nd cup.

  9. Ellen AAR says:

    My cat Lily is my alarm clock. Every morning I wake up wondering when I got a fur stole. But it’s Lily, purring away. Then I have to go to the bathroom where I fill the sink with water (she likes to dip her paw in the water and lick it off).

  10. LinnieGayl says:

    Marcella, that’s such a cute routine.

    Ellen, yep, fur stole indeed. Does Lily jump up by your sink, then? So far, Princess has shown very little interest in the bathroom…at least when I’m in it. I routinely find little clumps of fur in the shower when I get home from work.

  11. Ellen AAR says:

    Lily follows me into the bathroom every time I go in. She does sit by the sink and she sits by the tub while I take a bath and will balance on the edge of the tub in order to stick her paw in the water. Then when I let the water out, she’s in the tub. I think she’s intrigued by water, but not enough to actually get in there.

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