Thursday, May 5, 2011

A Well-Behaved Dude, Indeed

I don't know anyone who doesn't like the insights of Texas Bix Bender. He has plenty to say about dogs as well as cowboys. He points out for those of us who think we're "...a person of some influence, try orderin' someone else's dog around."

Ain't it the truth! Well, mostly it is, but not with the Dude. He's a dog that is perfectly happy to please whomever he's with.

Photo left shows my mother on her way back from a lengthy walk with Mr. Lickerson, down at the lake. He'll lead, follow or walk alongside, whatever you'd prefer.

And, like always, my Humper Dude is never on a leash because he's controlled by voice command, and he doesn't much care whose voice, as long as he knows that he's been handed off to another temporary pack leader.

This makes life with Dude so much easier. When I give him to my neighbor for a few hours or a day or so, I know that he's no trouble because he recognizes who's boss for the time being, and gladly follows commands.

Once I demonstrated this at a friend's house in Colorado. I told my friend to say his real name (Humper) sharply to get his attention and then tell him K-E-N-N-E-L. I had to spell it out because he was standing right there. After a moment, she did exactly what I suggested, and Dude turned around and immediately went into his kennel and sat there waiting for her next command.

Perhaps I don't deserve such a great dog, but I'm always thankful that I have him. I think he feels much the same way.


  1. I am glad you have him, too! He is a very happy fellow!!

  2. Humper is totally one of the loves of my life!


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