When we took Jasmine to the foster home to visit with potential dog mates, the dogs were all over the place. They jumped all over the furniture with surprising agility. Most of the dogs, however, were “tweenies”–they had three to five more pounds on Jasmine and much greater height. I thought to myself, “I’m so glad that Jasmine can’t do that.” Ha!
It turns out that she CAN. I was sitting on the couch on Monday working on my laptop. Jasmine wanted to come up, but I didn’t pick her up. I needed to work, and she tends to climb all over me (she’s especially good at inadvertent mouse clicks). All of a sudden, she was up there with just a little flick of the tail. Boop! On the couch. Huh? How did she do that? She’s NEVER done that.
On the couch. On the white, expensive, down-filled, 8-way-hand-tied-oak-frame couch. I guess I shouldn’t be attached to possessions, eh?
I was so dumbfounded (with the emphasis on DUMB) that instead of correcting her, I called my husband.
“Guess what Jasmine did?”
“She jumped up on the couch all by herself!”
“What did you do?”
“Um, nothing. I was too surprised.”
“Honey, remember…YOU’RE the boss. She can get up on the couch, but ONLY when you invite her.”
A little later in the day, I checked to see if what happened was a fluke. I patted the couch and gave her the “come up” command. Boop! She was suddenly next to me.
I guess it shouldn’t be a surprise when my dog acts like a dog. But you have to understand that Jasmine has been anything but a typical dog.
So while I lament my mistake of letting her up on my coveted couch in the first place, I’m THRILLED that she’s acting like a regular dog.