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Continuing saga of the PITA

Posted Thursday, December 15, 2011, at 7:34 PM

I've shared PITA's endearing and enraging activities, so no reason to stop now. For those who do not know who PITA is she is one of our numerous "drop-off" dogs who came to us about 6 months old on Thanksgiving Day two years ago.

Our best guess is she is some type of large hound (maybe blood hound) with Labrador mixed in. By now she has reach 95 pounds plus and I am not going to weigh her to be more accurate.

Her first name was NO but we eventually gave her the name PITA which was an acronym for the way she behaved. (You fill in the words)

She seems to be incredibly smart but "driven" at the same time and it is that driven side that keeps her in trouble. Her driven side is mischievous to the point of destruction.

That means my potted plants are always being re-potted, my pots are constantly being customized and new things outside are free game. Trying to cover the firewood to keep it dry is a never-ending process unless I want to build a permanent shelter.

She loves to plop down in the middle of the goldfish pond, even now and freely admits her responsibility for doing things even when the damage is not immediately visible.

This morning I came into the greenhouse and she was whimpering for forgiveness so I knew she had been up to something. But the plants were all where they were last night, the pots still on the shelf, so what?

It was not until I went outside that I saw the reason. The new plastic cover over the firewood was in shattered pieces.

I've come to chastise her in a fashion she understands immediately. No shouting, no physical antics, just a low growl under my breath and a stare.

The growl is so low that Debbi can not even hear it so she was wondering why PITA would back away from me and run out the door without the least bit of reaction from me. PITA knew.

But her endearing side is an understanding beyond her clumsy, goofy look. She can read my mood in an instant, not just the growling. She is the one who always accompanies me to our pet cemetery for burials and even laid on top of one of our cats grave as if to say goodbye.

She has loved to chase the deer from our yard but recently I asked her to leave them alone and now she just goes out to sit and watch them. They are sometimes within 20 feet of each other, but both seem to understand.

I have no doubt that if they start bothering the garden and I ask her to shoo them away, it will be done, but for now there is an easy peace. A doe and her fawn are regulars and they even let me come out to visit.

I am also fascinated watching the dogs communicate among themselves. Two nights ago PITA walked out to the edge of our lawn, sat down and made a three bark sound like Morse Code. (bark,bark...bark)

The other two flew out of the greenhouse and ran to her. As soon as they reached her she got up and they walked into the woods. No more barking, no hurry, just off they go. It was as if she called them to go for a walk-about. No fuss, just a walk-about.


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I'm worried Tim so maybe you should be too!

A black Lab called Rusty? He might have an identity crisis, but I am not too good at Canine Psychology. PITA has stretched my abilities to the breaking point.

Now about those "inner voices".........

-- Posted by stevemills on Thu, Dec 29, 2011, at 8:43 AM

Steve, I have 3 adult dogs and 1 juvenile that have literally taken an interest in throwing me out of the power position. The very large black lab "Rusty" hasn't believed in humans for over two years now, as he thinks of us as endentured servants. The little dogs need therapy ... badly' They are currently trying to desperately to communicate with my inner voices and I'm starting to agree with what my inner voices are saying. Should I be worried?

-- Posted by Tim Lokey on Thu, Dec 29, 2011, at 12:58 AM

I keep hoping she has grown out of it, but just when I do, she pulls something else.

I agree, they are fun, but I wish we had been able to channel her energy towards her toys instead of things we want intact.

-- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Dec 19, 2011, at 7:16 AM

ha she sounds like my husbands new pup he adopted while i was in Texas caring for my mom.. he is a blue Heeler mix.. this pup.. is now 80 lbs and 5-6 months old.. he is into everything... and is such a ham. he is indeed a pain in the bumm too. he almost knocks me over with his enthusiasm for life and fun. My foot has been operated on and i am gimpy so when Jeep wants to get playful i need to really watch out. He will chew on ANY thing. I need to keep it up high if i do not want it destroyed..had to distract him from the throw rug this morning. They are alot of fun though.. better get to building that permenate covering for the wood. ha ha..

-- Posted by 4fabfelines on Sun, Dec 18, 2011, at 9:01 PM

I think you've got your own version of Marley the clearance puppy. :D

-- Posted by cats4me on Sat, Dec 17, 2011, at 11:38 PM

A side note, we had a very polite young man stop by to see if he could hunt. You can guess our response but I was quite impressed with his manners. He had come by during turkey season as well.

-- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Dec 16, 2011, at 3:28 PM

I may have spoken too fast about PITA's self control with deer OR she may be even smarter than I think.

I saw a flash of white-tail deer fly through the yard and PITA (et al) in hot pursuit. All going to the right.

Less than 5 minutes later the regular doe and baby came into the yard from the left (opposite side of where the others exited) PITA and the others looked at them and thebn calmly came into the greenhouse. No worries mate.

Do they know the difference between deer and only chased the others because we did not have an "agreement" with them? Hmmmmm.

-- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Dec 16, 2011, at 3:25 PM

Hmmm, her own blog...... I'll mention it to her. We'll see what internet fame does to her.

She is a wonderful dog except..... Well, I hope to enjoy her even more as she matures.

-- Posted by stevemills on Fri, Dec 16, 2011, at 7:58 AM

AS always a well enjoyed PITA story. When I read her possible breeding I had to chuckle out loud. What a wonderful creature she seems to be. I know I find her to be a joy to read about. Perhaps she should have her own blog, it may encourage younger readers to turn in and read the paper.

-- Posted by wonderwhy on Thu, Dec 15, 2011, at 7:44 PM


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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter and live on a farm outside of Bell Buckle. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.