Family Mischief – Senior Stories

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In honor of Senior Pets Month, I want to tell a few senior stories over the next couple of weeks. We write about our seniors Jack & Maggie all the time, so today I thought I would write about my sister’s senior, Taj.

My younger sister shares my love of dogs. I’ve written about her dogs in the past – Tally, a stray she rescued from a beach in Mexico and Taj, her champion Weimaraner. TajandterryTaj retired from hunting this year when she turned ten.  She hunted for years with her mom & dad and like most working dogs, loves what she does. It will be a tough transition for her to retire, but 10 is pretty old for a weimie and she had a bout of pneumonia this year that put that kind of activity out of bounds. We just added her to our PetsMove Senior featured pets – check out her bio here.

I mentioned on a Facebook post that they are beginning to think about getting another pup to raise as a hunting dog and starting to search for reputable weimaraner breeders (so if you have any ideas please leave me a note).

What does this have to do with mischief? Not much really, but I wanted to tell a little story and show a little Taj mischief. We all know the old adage, you can’t teach an old dog, new tricks, well I disagree, with perseverance you can teach them anything. My sister moved to SoCal a few years ago and we are fortunate enough to be able to leave our doors open most of the year. Access for Taj and Tally to their backyard is through a screen door. Tally, being a whip-smart, street dog learned how to open that screen in a half-a-second.  Taj was perplexed by it. She’s a great hunter, knows how to flush birds like a champ…well, she is a champ at that with the medals to prove it, but opening that screen…not so much.

But finally, she succeeds – watch this video, it’s pretty cute – you can see the little wheels turning in her head and the old dog finally learns a new trick.  Tally, the youngster? Well, she’s already inside and bored with the whole thing. (Sorry the video quality isn’t great, but you get the idea.)

We are joining the Monday Mischief Blog Hop! This hop is hosted by Snoopy’s Dog Blog, Alfie’s Blog and My Brown Newfies



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  1. So cute 🙂 and a beautiful dog!

  2. This is hilarious !!! I agree – you can teach an old dog new tricks – for sure ! I love that she finally – finally figures it out !

  3. Fun to see her figure it out, works in humans too!

  4. I totally agree that you can teach old dogs new tricks. Onyxx is five (which isn’t really old for a small dog but still) and he knew barely anything before coming here. Now he knows his name, shake, sit, down and play dead.
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  5. What a great dog! We don’t figure out the screen door thing either, but if it is just open like 1/4 inch, cat bro Bert figures it out and tries to escape, so we normally have it closed tightly!
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  6. Most dogs would have just clawed at the screen and then went through it so good job to Taj! Please mention to your brother in law to check for a Weimaraner rescue near him. They normally have pure bred puppies under the age of 8 mths. If they need help I will offer my services in helping.
    Happy Monday!
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  7. That was adorable! I thought for sure she was going to go through it, but she proved me wrong!
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    • That’s what our Sally would do – had to put up a heavier steel mesh on the screen because she’d just go right through it.
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  8. That’s great! My seniors teach themselves these kinds of tricks. Necessity is the mother of invention, after all. We’ve had bouts like this, when the dogs are reluctant to do something like open a door. Then, when we’re not looking, they do it anyway. It’s as though they think they’ll get caught doing something they’re not supposed to instead of being reluctant to learn the trick.
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    • Funny – Jack absolutely refuses to get on the couch now, even when invited. I caught him and scolded him the first week he was here (2.5 years ago) and now he won’t go near it…like you said, doesn’t want to get caught doing something he’s not supposed to.
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  9. Hi Y’all!

    Yes!!! good dog!!!

    I open doors at the shore house where the door knobs aren’t knobs. My Human says I need to learn to close them behind me. BOL!!! Is she crazy? Then I’d have to open them again. Soon I’ll have her trained to just leave them all open for me!

    Y’all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog
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  10. Never too late to start training a dog, and, like people, they never stop learning 🙂
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  11. Cute video! I’m pretty sure Rita would just stand there the whole time doing the “But I don’t fit” thing. Doors can be scary!
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  12. I love to see the thought processes that go through a dog’s mind trying to figure out something new. Cute video.
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  13. Yay Taj did it, what a clever doggie! My buddy Cosmo can open the door, I prefer to tap and wait for my doorman (Mum) to open it! 🙂

    I hope you’re having a fun day,

    Your pal Snoopy 🙂
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  14. How cute! I actually cheered when she finally figured it out. I couldn’t help but laugh as I watched her little stub of a tail wagging while standing outside. What a gorgeous dog she is too!
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  15. Nice job! Freighter can open a lot of doors. I hope he never figures out the screen door on the patio!
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  16. What a good senior. Love the picture! Nice of you to high light the senior stories this month.
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  17. Aww, very cute video. One time my dog just crashed right through my parents’ screen. So embarrassing! But at least it was just my parents’ screen and not someone else’s!
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    • Our Sally did that to us too. We had to put up some steel mesh to keep her from doing it.
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  18. Yay, she did it! So sweet. Our golden Sheba can slide doors open, but she can’t push the screen doors open on the porch that open out. The beagles are opposite….they push right through those screen doors, but they’ve never slid the sliding doors. We never taught any of them any of it, they figured it all out on their own (don’t know why they each haven’t figured out the other kind of door though).
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