I make sure I greet Mom and Dad at the door so they know I am happy to see them and to see if they have been around any other dogs. My sister, however, goes overboard. She loves Dad and greets him nice but when Mom comes home she goes crazy. She runs to the toy chest or the couch and grabs a toy. Then she runs to Mom. She is so excited and her tail wags so hard she could give me a concussion if she hit me in the head.
She must think that Mom will like her more if she gives gifts but I don’t think so. I’ve heard that some humans think it’s “cute”. I’ve heard them say their dogs are bringing them gifts because they love them or they are showing respect because humans are the pack Alpha.
I’m not so sure about that.
I’ve never seen Mom chew on a dirty sock or old caribou horn and Mom knows she is in charge and I know it too but I don’t need to bring her stuff to prove it. It could be that DixieLee is part hound and in the way old times wild dogs would bring food to the den for the pack the share. It would be just like her to show off her hunting skills.
It doesn’t help that Mom tells her she is a good dog and thanks her for the toy. Of course DixieLee doesn’t give her the toy. It’s not like she wants to play. We know that Mom has things to put away when she gets home and can’t play so we just follow her around until she is done.
Besides, when we want to play we just throw toys at Mom. She’s pretty smart and she knows we want to play catch or tug of war and unless she is typing something really, really important she will stop and play with us.
I’ve asked DixieLee why she greets Mom like that but she says she just feels like it.
What about you?
A. Do you bring something to your human when they come home?
B. Why do you do it?
C. What does your human do when you do?
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