Outsmarting Humans, Rabbits, And Lizards

Oh, Fred!

Fred is so freakin’ smart.

I was so happy to discover I had a smart puppy because it makes him ideal for service work.

But now …?

Fred is outsmarting ME.

Fred – a very smart Newfoundland puppy!

Yesterday, Fred woke me up by knocking on my bedroom door.

Fred has learned how to open TWO different “baby” gates in one week.

(I have my kitchen and family room gated off to keep Fred in those rooms at night.)

After opening two gates, Fred came upstairs to find me.

Newfies aren’t supposed to go up and down stairs because it’s bad for their joints.

Apparently, Fred doesn’t care about that?

Next, Fred must have used his keen sense of smell to determine which room I was in.

He came to the door and whacked at it with his gigantic gorilla paws.

(Note:  Fred didn’t scratch at the door – he WHACKED at it with the enormous puppy pads on the bottom of his feet.)

I admit, I was a little startled to be woken up by WHACK!  WHACK!  WHACK! on my bedroom door.

I’m not sure if I should purchase a third gate?

I’m pretty sure Fred will teach himself how to turn doorknobs by next week.

Why WHACK! on a door when you can just open it?

Fred was clearly overjoyed to have discovered where I go each night.

Two days ago, while out walking Fred,

He suddenly dove his entire head deep into a bush we were walking past.

He’s never done anything like that before.

His entire head was completely inside the bush with only his body visible.

Before I had time to grapple with this new, odd, development –

A cottontail rabbit emerged from the bush and speedily hopped away.

I guess, as we passed the bush, Fred smelled a bunny and just HAD TO go in head first to find it?

Fred has also recently taken up lizard hunting in my backyard.

To be honest, I don’t know what has taken him so long.

My other dogs always chased lizards from the very first time they saw one.

Fred, on the other hand, didn’t care at all when Godzilla came inside my house.

But now, Fred fiercely guards and protects me against lizards.

It’s interesting watching puppy Fred grow up.

His head is enormous – much larger than mine.

I’m now realizing his brain must, therefore, be larger than mine also ….

8 Responses to “Outsmarting Humans, Rabbits, And Lizards”

  1. Denise

    How funny and surprising that must have been. He went looking for his mama and he found her! Do they make a big enough crate for him to sleep in at night? Once he’s figured out the gates, they will never stop him 😉

    • Suzanne

      I do have a crate for him Denise. I used it initially to house train him, for sleeping, etc. He fits in it but he’s so big I hate to leave him scrunched all night. I may have to start using it again though. Fred wants to be with me every minute of every day.

  2. Missy Stalcup

    I know of dogs that can easily open crate and operate door handles. Oh Fred, the adventure continues!

    • Suzanne

      Fred has gotten out of his crate before.
      He’s very intelligent on devising ways to find me!
      : )

  3. Mj

    Well, dogs are pack animals and being alone just is not fun. I’m glad he found the rest of his pack as I am sure he is! And I would be thrilled that he kept me safe from lizards because they are creepy.

    • Suzanne

      Lizards don’t bother me as much as spiders do.
      But, of course, a lizard IN the house is an entirely different matter.
      There is no question Fred is very bonded to me.
      : )

  4. Julie

    Aww, hi Fred! Seems to be growing in every photo.

    • Suzanne

      Fred is huge.
      His growth has begun to slow down, though.
      He’ll continue to grow for quite awhile, but not at the rapid pace of his first six months.
      (Thank goodness!)
      : )


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