It should have been clear from yesterday’s post that Canine Cognitive Dysfunction has not affected the essential personality of Archie, my friend Clare’s dog.
Here’s more proof.
Just as, before he got diabetes, I used to give Frankie a treat every time I sat down to eat, Clare got into the habit of giving Archie a snack whenever she opened a bottle of wine. Some dogs respond to clickers. For Archie, the sound of the cork was a cue to expect a tasty morsel.
As a friend of Clare’s observed, “When Archie is obese, we’ll know you’re an alcoholic.”
Well, Archie’s not obese but, as this picture proves (click on the image for clearer detail), he still stands on treat alert whenever Clare gets out the wine opener.
Or, to be more accurate, whenever he hears the sound that predicts the appearance of a wine bottle. Because he was originally cued by the sound of the cork being pulled from the bottle, screw tops allowed Clare to sneak tipples — until Archie figured out that he should be on guard for the sound of the doors of the cabinet where the wine glasses are stored.
Who’s still a clever, clever dog?
*With apologies to Shauna Stewart; I couldn’t resist borrowing the name of her terrific blog, Fido and Wino, for this post. Frankie and I are proud members of her R.O.A.R. (Rescues Owners Are Rocking) squad.
As for Clare… I already told this story about her in Am I Boring My Dog, with her approval, but I never provided visual proof of this phenomenon before. Sorry, girlfriend, that’s what happens when you invite someone with a picture-hungry blog into your home. And just look how cute Archie is in that picture!