Sunday, September 29, 2013
It's interesting to me that Buddha, my dog, who loves food passionately, doesn't jump off my bed and head toward his food bowl in the back entryway until I start to put my pants on. I can (and do) get up during the night and in the early morning multiple times and go into the bathroom, the kitchen (both of which are on the way to the back entryway), and the living room, and he stays put in the bedroom. I can stay a long time in the bathroom, turn the light on, read, and he stays put in the bedroom. I can go out into the kitchen, pour a glass of water, turn the light on, turn on the radio, and he stays put in the bedroom. I can do these things at midnight, 2 a.m., 5 a.m., 10 a.m., and he stays put in the bedroom. I can put on my bathrobe, and he stays put in the bedroom. The alarm can go off and I can get up and head to the bathroom or anyplace, and he stays put in the bedroom. The alarm can go off, and I can spend half hour in the kitchen making tea, etc., and he stays put in the kitchen. I can head back into the hallway and into the bedroom, pet him, and leave, and he stays in the bedroom. But the second I pull a pair of pants, pj bottoms, shorts (whatever the season demands) off the doorknob (I am a doorknob user) and start to put them on, the dog jumps off the bed and heads with a happy tail toward the back entryway and his food bowl. In other words, alarm, lights, moving around, petting him, cooking, baking, opening the refrigerator, making tea, radio, taking a shirt out of the closet and changing into it, taking a pair of pants out of the closet and changing into them, washing dishes, going into the basement to do laundry, vacuuming, talking on the phone, turning on the computer, reading, going to the window or door and looking out -- none of these things signal "It is breakfast time" to the dog. But reaching for a pair of pants hanging on the doorknob does.