I’ve had the Terrier MkII since the Christmas before last and while he’s turned into quite a little character, he’s shown no inclination towards anything that I’d call particularly interesting behaviour…..until now.
Some among you may remember an old song called “Radar Love”? Well the Terrier seems to have some for of radar ears. Explanation needed? OK. Here goes.
I like shortbread. It’s about the only thing in the biscuit line that I ever buy, so on my fortnightly shopping expeditions I usually bring a couple of packs back with me. Shortbread tends to get soft and disgusting if it’s not kept dry and in an airtight container so I usually decant the packs into a biscuit tin.
Shortly after I got him, I made the mistake of giving in to the pleading eyes one dark evening and letting the terrier have a small piece of the shortbread. Well that was my undoing. He absolutely loves it. If i get a piece out of the tin, he’s there. And I do mean there. Sat right on my feet and if i’m sitting down he’s trying to get up on my lap to try to grab some.
So, to the radar ears. I’ve got used to him hearing the tin open on the kitchen counter when he’s in the living room which is just next door, but today he was down at the bottom of the back garden (40 metres away at least) when I, very carefully and quietly, opened the tin, took a piece of shortbread out, closed the tin, again quietly and gently, and turned round…………and tripped over the terrier sat behind me, tongue out, eyes bright and tail wagging looking at me with that “Where’s my bit then?” sort of look.
You can have cats de-clawed, you can have dogs de-barked (and no I’m neither advocating either or even agreeing with it being done) but can you have a dog’s ears de-radarred?