SlimDoggy Jack Mischief

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Yes, Jack is up to some of his old tricks…eating stuff that is bad for him. I mentioned on our Facebook page the other day that his IBD was doing better with the help of some medication and even his reaction to the meds (increased anxiety) was calming down. All this despite the dead carcass he found on our walk and half devoured before we could get it away from him.

jackscroungingWe live at the end of a road the goes up one of the hills in our valley. Past our house there’s a few other house off to the left, and to the right a service road and the ridge of hills that make up the valley.

We walk along that service road all the time and it’s the daily walk our dog walker takes them on. But most importantly it’s a coyote thoroughfare, and the coyotes frequently leave tasty tidbits, both dropped food and Jack’s favorite, coyote poop.
Anyways, that’s where he found this old dried up half carcass, we couldn’t even tell what it was. We managed to get most of it away from him and tossed it down the hill.
Three days later, our dog walker returns from their walk and reports that “Jack got into something on the service road”. It was in the exact same spot that we had tossed the leftovers.
Two days after that, I’m walking him down the road and normally Jack is a very good walker, right on my right, never pulls. All of a sudden he’s off, pulling me along towards, yes, the exact same spot – he was going for whatever was left of that carcass, almost a week later. Luckily I got him away from it, and none of it resulted in him getting sick, but whoever says dog’s have no long term memory, well, I have proof to the contrary.
What about you – do your dogs remember things? Are the always food related or do the remember other things too?


We are joining up with the Monday Mischief Blog Hop, hosted by Snoopy’s Dog Blog, Alfie’s Blog and My Brown Newfies



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  1. There’s a store that used to have a dog that would bark at the door a lot. It’s been months since that store closed and Mr. N still remembers that dog being there and wants to stop by every time we pass.

  2. Katie is the one that eats nasty stuff and she remembers those spots forever. I remember where critters were found, or carcases. At nose work class, they explained this. Since dogs work on scent, a good find is like winning in Vegas. If we find something once, we will keep going back to see if we can get another payday out of it. Kind of like humans and a winning slot machine becoming their favorite because they won big on it. Over time interest will diminish if there is no further “pay”, but for a long time that scent will linger and it will be worth checking out.
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    • Well, that’s certainly evident in my dogs behavior. Sally was even worse than Jack – she could remember months later…Anxious to go read about your triple mischief…
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  3. I think this carcass is storaged in his memory forever :o) Easy always examines the bush where he found a rotten egg once when we take a walk :o) But I hope there will be no rotten egg again, it broke as I removed it from his mouth ( the smell was disgusting).Have a super monday!
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    • You gotta wonder how they find that stuff attractive?
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  4. Oh ya! Torrey remembers everything. Places, where stuff is outside, pretty much everything. How is that dogs can eat crap like that and not get sick? That’s what I always wonder.
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    • I don’t know…but I don’t know why they would WANT to eat that stuff.
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  5. Years ago, one of my dogs chased a skunk under a neighbor’s bush. Of course he got sprayed (that’s a whole other story) but for months afterwards, he would visit that bush because…actually I have no idea; maybe he wanted another spritz of Eau de Skunk?

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    • This time he might catch it instead of getting sprayed!
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  6. I think dogs have great memories.For instance, I take !y dogs in the car to a lot of different places, and they always just act ‘chill’ and lay on the seats in the back, but when we go to the Dog park, as soon as we turn down the road the park is on, they start jumping for joy. They know!
    ((Husky hugz))
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  7. I agree that dogs have long term memories. I take my two Bostons walking around the neighborhood on days we don’t make it to the dog park. There is one house that used to have a cat that sat outside, and no matter how many days its been since we last went by (sometimes up to a week), they know exactly which house had the cat, and start pulling as soon as we get close to see if its there

  8. Are you kidding? Harley remembers everything! That’s why our walks are so incredibly long and slow at times, he’s trying to investigate the new from earlier that day…
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  9. I think anyone who claims dogs don’t have long term memory are completely nuts and don’t know any dogs very well! Surely hope Jack didn’t get enough of his yummy snack to make him sick 🙁
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    • Surprisingly he didn’t…thanks goodness.
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  10. Do people really say that dogs have no memories? They’re idiots. My dogs remember everything. EVERYTHING. Glad Jack is doing better!
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  11. Oh yes! My dogs always remember when they have found something tasty out on our walks! It’s usually takes at least a week for them to forget about it!

    Glad to hear that Jack is doing better:)

    • Well, we went by it again today and he’s still looking for it, so that’s about 9 days…
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  12. Oh, Moses and Alma definitely remember the whereabouts of food or other interesting smells.,, okay, maybe remember isn’t the right word, maybe it’s ‘still smell’.
    But they also definitely remember stuff. They remember where they’ve seen lots of bunnies on walks in the past, and perk up in anticipation. They remember which neighbourhood houses have barking dogs and stare at them in anticipation (Alma specifically).
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    • Watching for her boyfriends huh? Good for you Alma.
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  13. Sure they do and I never remember until Delilah’s snarfing down something disgusting. UGH.

    I remember that saying that dogs have no long term memory and thought to myself, that’s a crock of sh*t.

    One of the reasons I don’t like letting the dogs go crazy in the woods is because what if they eat something that makes them ill and I can’t tell the vet what it is?

    • Oh yeah, been there…all I can say is something disgusting.
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  14. Oh and I’m glad that Jack didn’t get sick from eating it!

  15. Nobody will ever convince me that dogs don’t have a long term memory. I have seen evidence of it all my life. They remember people, place, and objects from their past. Bentley knows where we are going in the car…vet direction or fun direction! I’m glad Jack didn’t decide to roll in the carcass!
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    • Yes, thank goodness he’s not a roller, just an eater.
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  16. Are you familiar with the dogs in elk thread that first appeared on a salon forum? I thought it might make you feel better about Jack’s scrounging:
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    • OMG, that’s just too funny…well horrible for that person, but funny.
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  17. We own a condo at the beach and both boys remember how to get to the correct door after exiting the elevator. Just drop the leash and off they go, while we lag behind with the luggage. We only go a couple times a year so it’s not an every weekend thing (too far away).
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  18. I think Nellie was channeling Jack and she was telling him to keep going back to the carcass as they are nummy.
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  19. Jasmine remembered EVERYTHING. Cookie remembers things quite well too. On Saturday, the guys found a squirrel in a shed. On Sunday they kept looking for her. Though she might have been there since too.
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  20. Oh Jack you need to forget that because it can make you sick. But you are right, they do remember. Once Thunder found a toad up at that cabin. Every time he went outside after that he would check to see if the toad was still in the spot. He checked for a few weeks. Also, during our training we use their memory against them. Say we run marks and blinds next to the marks….it makes the blind more difficult. This is true even if we ran the marks a week or two before. They remember them.
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  21. I always check the spots that people leave bread out for the birds, and return to those spots frequently just in case 🙂
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  22. Kobi remembered for years that our elderly neighbors who were long gone used to give him treats. Then there was the nice old man who would stop in his car to give him one…he moved away, but months later Kobi still looked at every car that passed hoping they would stop with treats. We replaced one of our doors going into the house, the new door opened the opposite way….also years ago. To this day all of the dogs often go to the wrong side of the door.
    I’m so glad that Jack didn’t get sick though! I have a feeling Luke is going to be like Jack….wanting to eat everything. So far his tummy is handling all the poop, sticks, and bark that we haven’t been able to get away from him anyway.
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    • Glad Luke appears to have an iron stomach – nothing worse than tummy issue with a dog who eats everything!
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