Last night I was standing next to the kitchen table and I watched Kizzy disappear behind the couch. Just as I wandered over to investigate, Kizzy came trotting out with a bone hanging out of her mouth. I realize that this shouldn’t be unusual but I haven’t given Kizzy a new bone in weeks. Which means she was saving this one for a special moment.
And this isn’t the first time that we’ve watched Kizzy disappear into some part of the house only to reappear with a bone that she buried and has now decided to recover.
But burying a bone is hard when you don’t have access to a yard with grass and dirt. So she has to be creative. And it’s hard work. It has to be hidden enough that she knows I won’t find it and throw it away. But yet easily accessible.
Last month she started barking at my closet and wouldn’t stop until I opened the door. She ran in and pulled out a bone. No idea how long it’s been in there. Or how she put it in there. Or how she remembered that she put it there and then decided that now was a good time to get it out.
All I know for sure was that she remembered and wanted it right now! How dare I close the closet door when she might eventually want in.
So I did what any logical dog mother would do … I went on a bone hunting trip. (Followed closely by a highly suspicious dog who somehow knew exactly what I was up to.)
I found bone under the couch.
Then I found another hiding behind the bedroom door…
And yet another under the bed.
Kizzy followed me around the house to make sure that I didn’t touch one of her treasures or maybe it was just to see if I could help her find new hiding place. And for each picture, she stopped and posed. Except for under the bed. It was really hard to get that picture because she kept wanting to block the camera. This must have been her best hiding place and she didn’t want me to share it with the world for fear that a stranger may visit our house and steal her bone.
So if you happen to run into my dog when she is out socializing, please don’t mention that you know where she hides her bones. My life may depend on it.