Ollie tests my patience

I don’t think that I have ever written a bad word about my dog before. My constant companion is generally so well-behaved, it doesn’t seem possible that one dog could be so good. But this afternoon, he is very much in the doghouse, which in his case, is being confined to his bed in the kitchen, with a grumpy look on his face.

The day started well enough, and was bright, warm, and sunny. I let him out this morning for his usual patrol around the back of the house and garden, and he came back in an hour later, happy to get his small breakfast chew. He then went back to sleep of course, waiting until midday, when I have a snack. He likes to sit close by as I eat this daily sandwich, confident in the knowledge that he will get a small scrap of ham, or part of a crust of bread.

Later on, I got into the bath, as I do everyday, before taking him out. He came into the doorway of the bathroom to check where I was, and then went back to bed, knowing he would be getting out for his walk soon. When I had finished, I stood up, and put a foot over the side of the bath, ready to get out. What I didn’t know was that Ollie had crept back into the bathroom, and was sitting close to the panel. As my foot came down on his back, he jumped up. This threw me totally off balance, and with one leg still in the water, I fell heavily. I crashed back into the water, which was fortunately shallow. As I did so, I banged both elbows on the sides of the enamel, and finished by striking the back of my neck on the rim too. Ollie had bolted by then. I should be thankful that he hasn’t got the necessary skill to have put the moment up on You Tube or Facebook, I suppose.

After checking that I hadn’t actually broken anything, I dried off, and got ready to leave. The afternoon was glorious indeed. Warm and dry, bees buzzing, and children playing in the river. I decided to stay out a little bit longer because of this, and by the time we got back, we had been out for just over two and a half hours. As Ollie had been in the river, it is usual for me to dry him off before he comes in, especially his feet. They can tread muddy paw marks onto the light-coloured stone tiles in the kitchen, or the pale green carpet beyond. He normally stands for this, with no complaint, accepting it as part of the daily routine.

For some reason, he wasn’t having it today. He ran past me, and headed for the living room. As suspected, muddy paw prints were scattered around, with something very black and sticky ending up at the side of the living-room carpet. I followed with my towel, determined to clean the paws before more mess could be made. But to my surprise, as I tried to lift one of his paws, he growled angrily at me. I went for the other front paw instead, and got a similar response. I told him off, and tried again, and this time he not only growled, he went to snap at me.

That was enough. I made him go and sit on his bed, and he is still there as I type. I have a feeling that he may well have to spend the rest of the evening there too. As great as he is, he is just a dog. And dogs must know who is in charge.

***UPDATE***

Ollie ate all his dinner, and is now trying to chew the nose off of his toy bulldog.

All back to normal, as far as he is concerned.

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70 thoughts on “Ollie tests my patience

  1. Oh my heavens, thank goodness you were not hurt or Ollie.. This reminds me of many decades ago when I was just a wee child of perhaps 10… or 9… I was sitting in a rocking chair with my pup at the time and I began rocking too fast. Well, the chair flipped over and one of the pups paws was pinned underneath the top of the chair. Thinking it was me harming her she took a good bite out of me. I needed stitches, just a few.. My grandfather wanted to put her down right then and there, saying…”Once a dog bites a human they are more prone to biting.”

    Well, I cried and cried until he changed his mind by telling him the pup thought it was me pinning her down and not the chair. What else was she going to do to be released? I told him.. Thankfully she never bit again, but she did growl at me for a week or so just to remind me that I scared/hurt her.. She didn’t know any better.. But, she came around a week later .. no more growling at me… hugs for Ollie… and always look before stepping out of the tub from now on for you… wink…

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      1. That’s right. I know nothing about animals but from what I’m told too many owners treat their pets like little humans which is confusing for the poor animal. Ollie is a dog and you are his pack leader and so I suspect you’re right Pete and you did the right thing. But again I know nothing. How are you feeling after the fall? Glad both you and Ollie are okay. πŸ™‚

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        1. I was fine thanks, Lloyd. It was more noise than damage, luckily.
          I have always subscribed to the ‘pack-leader’ theory, and it has a lot of support in the dog owning community. They are happier when they know their place, I am sure of that.
          Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. Thanks, Kate. No idea. Maybe he was too hot? It was warm yesterday. He soon got over it, and I recovered too. After his walk today, and he just stood to be cleaned off. Back to normal, thankfully.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. Yes, he calmed down almost immediately after his dinner, and there were no issues with his paws. He’s back to normal today, just been out for two hours+, and he’s running around quite happily. Just one of ‘those things’ I suppose.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. He seemed to get over the incident far quicker that I did, Lorrie. After a couple of hours, he went back to being his old self. He likes routine, and soon establishes that in his world.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. Ollie wasn’t hurt, but the fall and splash were very noisy. If he was asleep next the bath, it probably startled him. It’s not the first time he has caused me to fall over. I always tell Julie that she will come home one day, and find me lying somewhere with a broken neck!
      Best wishes, Pete. x

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      1. Oh, I do hope not! The OH once dropped the base of a bed on one of our cats which crept into the bedroom as he was assembling it. Don’t think it was hurt, but it was definitely frightened! Moved very fast for an elderly cat!

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      1. Lucky, indeed. My husband dog sat a young, adorable lab today while I hung the Art Show. The dog jumped into the pool, still covered for the winter, because there was water on top. Gotta love dogs. We certainly do!

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  2. Oh! Good thing neither of you were hurt seriously. I am used to cats being underfoot all the time and always try to be on the lookout but things still happen. Maybe Ollie was upset with being stepped on earlier? But I agree they need to know who is in charge. Hopefully all be forgiven by tomorrow.

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  3. I’m glad things are back to normal. Dogs don’t show pain like we do. It generally has to be horrible before they cry out. He may have been hurting some from the bathroom incident. That may explain why he snapped earlier and now is okay. You never know.

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  4. Aw, poor guy. He probably didn’t know what you were doing when you stepped on his back and scared the wits out of him. Like you said, he is a dog. He probably doesn’t know why you’re angry about a little mud either. Too bad we don’t have a better way to communicate with our buddies!

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  5. When he jumped up so quickly from your foot coming into contact with him he may have injured himself in some way. He may be out and about and looking and moving fine but give him a couple of days as he could have pulled muscles or be in shock. You can’t punish him as you where at fault, after all you didn’t check before getting out of the bath as if you had you could have asked him to move.
    Hope you aren’t too sore after the fall and the shock to your system, Ollie will also be feeling that as well.
    Love to you and Ollie
    Jayx

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    1. It wasn’t really punishment. He has to realise he can’t go for me though, and to trust me when he may have hurt a paw. There is no sign that anything is wrong, far from it. Since I wrote this, he has been up and about barking at something near the back door, and I didn’t really step fully on him, just my foot touching his back made him jump up.
      You know I wouldn’t hurt him, but he can’t be allowed to snap, or we will soon have a very different relationship. Nice to see you here again, and I hope you are well.
      Best wishes, Pete. x

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  6. “When I had finished, I stood up, and put a foot over the side of the bath, ready to get out. What I didn’t know was that Ollie had crept back into the bathroom, and was sitting close to the panel. As my foot came down on his back, he jumped up.” Ollie was being a faithful companion in the bathroom, and you stepped on his back. That might have hurt, and he probably senses you were angry with him, and/or maybe felt guilt that you then hurt yourself. His misbehavior is most likely due to psychological stress resulting from these factors. Rather than punish him, I think you should try a diplomatic approach. Perhaps a dog treat followed by a hug.

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    1. There was more than three hours separating the two events though, David. During all the time we were out, he was behaving completely normally. I have just made him sit on the bed as a result of growling and snapping. No doubt our little ‘spat’ will be forgotten by dinnertime!
      Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. My first thoughts were that he had something in his paws. But he has to let me look at them, and trust my intentions. I will keep an eye on him Ian, you can rest assured.
      Cheers mate, Pete.

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    1. He seemed fine up until that moment, TA. Running around quite happily all afternoon. He might have something in his paw, but there was no indication of that on our way home.
      Best wishes, Pete.

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