23 November 2010

A Puzzle Solved-

There are two radio-alarm clocks in our bedroom, one on each side of the bed. We actually began to wonder if they had learned to read time. At 0715 hours each morning, (plus or minus about five minutes), both dogs begin the "stare and licking game" to wake us. It was uncanny...
Were their full bladders nearly as good at keeping time as our digital clocks? We found that hard to believe, but what other answer could there be? We discussed the possibilities and came up with bupkus. We finally just shrugged our shoulders and accepted it as a fact of life...
We don't understand it, but there it is...
We don't need an alarm to wake us. The dogs do that job nearly perfectly...
Until Saturday morning.

We came home late Friday night after dining out and shopping. It had been a long day. I walked the dogs that final time of the evening, then found my wife comfortably horizontal with the bedclothes pulled up beneath her chin. The dogs joined her immediately. Two minutes later I was there too. We were all asleep within minutes.

Bright sunshine...
I checked the time on the alarm...
Eight A.M.! What the... ?
What happened to our canine alarm clocks?
And then we realized what was going on.
The riddle was solved.

When I walked the dogs Friday night, Sara Jean made a bee-line for the bed. When I came in the door she called downstairs, "Can you fix the coffee for tomorrow morning?"
And I forgot it.
The timer on the pot brews coffee at 0700. The entire brewing process takes about ten minutes until the pot makes that sputtering sound all coffee drinkers know so well. The dogs were keying on that, knowing we normally rise and shine pretty quickly after the coffee has brewed.
In effect, the coffee pot became their alarm clock. When I didn't set it for Saturday morning, they overslept.

Again I'm amazed...
How do you measure intelligence?
That seems pretty smart to me!

7 comments:

Paul said...

What dastardly person invented clocks in the first place ? LOL

Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Dogs can be pretty amazing creatures.

Matter of fact, I like 'em more than most people. And I like cats, too.

BZ

Timothy Frazier said...

I bet it's more the smell of the cofee brewing than the sound of it.

Dog lives and dies by its nose.

cj said...

Gotta love them for their intelligence, that's for sure.

cjh

Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Off topic, but what do you think of this:

"SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- A Sacramento City Council committee on Tuesday approved a so-called crash tax for the city.

The law would impose a fee on drivers who don't live in the city, but get into a car accident that requires emergency response within city limits.

Non-residents would be charged from $435 for routine crashes to more than $2,000 for crashes with hazardous material clean up and helicopter transport.

The bill will now be forwarded on to the full council."

Actually, now, the "crash tax" is to apply to all persons within the City of Sacramento limits.

Any thoughts on this?

BZ

Bonnie P. said...

lol, good thing it was a saturday & not a work day. bear bears does the licky loo thing too when he wants me up or when the alarm on my cell phone goes off. He knows the difference between the phone ringing and the alarm on it, they're amazing. If I don't get up when he licks, he commences to walk all over me & even though he only weighs in at a whopping 8 pounds... this usually gets me up, there have been a few times that I am very tired and he has resorted to the next level of taking his paw and pulling on my arm.. repeatedly...

camerapilot said...

Who trains whom?
The animals win.