Following the Routine

26 Jan

Jelly Jar on the CarpetWhen my people leave the house I have a regular routine. First, I jump up on the couch so I can look out the window and watch my people leave.

Once I’m sure they’re gone I check to see if my person left the cat food on the counter. If it’s still there I reach to the back of the counter, pull Scratchy’s dish forward and have a feast treat. There’s usually not much left in there.

Next it’s the litter box.

Then I go check out my person’s bed. Nice and comfy. Especially up near the pillows. I’m still not sure how my person knows I’ve been on it, but she always does.

But here comes the biggest challenge. I can’t do this one every day. It all depends on what my person left in the sink. Sometimes she leaves things in there with flavored water inside. The trick is to get something out of the sink without spilling the water. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t, but I can only do it if I can find something that doesn’t weigh too much – like a small plastic bowl.

My proudest moment was when I got a jelly jar out of the sink and brought it to the next room without spilling anything. I left it that way until my people got home because I wanted to make sure they saw what I did. I mean, it’s not every dog that can do something like that.

Bongo drinking from the jar

I can drink the water now. My person's seen it.


Posted by on January 26, 2012 in Bongo, dogs, humor



50 responses to “Following the Routine

  1. thesweetkitten

    January 26, 2012 at 10:34 am

    What a clever dog you are, Bongo!

    • Bongo

      January 26, 2012 at 6:26 pm

      Thanks Sweetkitten.

  2. dogdaz

    January 26, 2012 at 10:39 am

    Bongo – You are very talented. If the cats do not leave us any food, we like to chew the plastic bowls up to show them that they really need to share better. Can you teach us how not to spill things? We tend to make a very large mess when we get into food things. Thanks. We enjoy your blog. – Lulu Belle & Sofie Bear of DogDaz

    • Bongo

      January 26, 2012 at 6:27 pm

      Lulu Belle and Sofie Bear, I may have to give lessons in how not to spill things. But you have to keep it quiet. It’s just between us dogs. I don’t want our people to know.

  3. marina kanavaki

    January 26, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Ok, Bongo! 1. I’ve got to let you in on a little secret: you leave traces on the sheets and pillows, so we know!, 2. As a kid I used to do the same when my parents left, well, slightly different naughty things, but there you have it! and 3. It takes a very crafty dog to move that jar without spilling the …jelly!

    • Bongo

      January 26, 2012 at 6:29 pm

      Thanks Jelly. About the bed thing, my person says I’m always messing it up. I’m not sure what she’s talking about. It looks the same to me.

  4. yashikibuta

    January 26, 2012 at 11:57 am

    You’re just so smart Bongo! there should be a getting-a-water-filled-bottl-out-of-the-sink-without-spilling award. You are sure to win it!

    • Bongo

      January 26, 2012 at 6:30 pm

      Yashikibuta, I could use one of those awards. Maybe I should make one and give it to other dogs who do the same thing.

  5. Mom

    January 26, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Some dogs walk upright on their hind legs while carrying an object between their teeth, some push cars, some know how to skateboard. You outdo them all!

    (PS – My dogs would be thrilled if you would teach a seminar on how to get those jars full of flavored water out of the sink! If you decide to book a conference room to teach your classes, please let me [them] know.)

    • Bongo

      January 26, 2012 at 6:30 pm

      Mom, I’m thinking of teaching a seminar for other dogs. But they have to agree not to let any people know how they do it.

  6. pippadogblog

    January 26, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    Actually I think my main achievement has been raiding the rubbish bin so you are well up on me. Although I do try and get out of the door when Misery comes back because she has forgotten something – and I think I may get out to escape and find that pesky Sooty cat.

    • Bongo

      January 26, 2012 at 6:32 pm

      Pippa, I like to do that escape thing too – but my person has caught on to my tricks and I haven’t been able to get past her in a long time.

  7. barb19

    January 26, 2012 at 3:14 pm

    You are so multi-talented Bongo!

    • Bongo

      January 26, 2012 at 6:32 pm

      Thanks Barb.

  8. rumpydog

    January 26, 2012 at 3:15 pm

    Yeah, that sink thing is a routine of mine too. Yesterday I broke a bowl though and got fussed at *sigh*

    • Bongo

      January 26, 2012 at 6:33 pm

      Rumpy, I’ve broken a couple bowls too but most of the breakable ones are too heavy for me to get out of the sink.

  9. colliesofthemeadow

    January 26, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    Hi Bongo!
    What talent!!! Wait… the litterbox? You don’t eat the “crunchies” out of there do you? Amazing how you didn’t spill a drop! 🙂

    God Bless You our friend!

    The Collies and Chuck 🙂

    • Bongo

      January 26, 2012 at 6:34 pm

      Collies, those cat treats are good. Besides, I’m doing my person a favor. She has less to clean.

      • Sunshine

        January 26, 2012 at 9:04 pm

        That’s just nasty. Ewww, hope your person brushes your teeth! Just sayin’

      • Bongo

        January 26, 2012 at 9:09 pm

        Sunshine, a dog’s got to do what a dog’s got to do.

  10. twoblackdoggies

    January 26, 2012 at 5:35 pm

    LOL! You’re a very clever dog. I’m so glad Bundy and Max haven’t figured out the sink thing although Bundy has managed to take off with a bottle of olive oil and a bottle of beer at different times, his grip wasn’t too good so I don’t know how much he was able to consume.

    • Bongo

      January 26, 2012 at 6:37 pm

      Two Black Doggies, I’ve never gotten a taste of olive oil or beer. My person usually leave that kind of stuff out where I can reach it. I wish she would. My person wants to know if Bundy left an olive oil mess.

  11. Patricia

    January 26, 2012 at 6:34 pm

    What a feat! You got the jelly jar out of the sink and in the other room without spilling the water AND you left it there, and didn’t knock it over til your person came home. Don’t know how you did it. Such determination and self-control.

    • Bongo

      January 26, 2012 at 6:39 pm

      Patricia, it’s a secret that I’ll only share with other dogs. I hope my person never gets wise and puts a video camera on me.

  12. whatimeant2say

    January 26, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Wow! I am very, very impressed, Bongo! How in the world did you do that?

    • Bongo

      January 26, 2012 at 8:53 pm

      Wonderbutt’s person, I did it very carefully.

  13. 2browndawgs

    January 26, 2012 at 7:42 pm

    Bongo you are clever. Do you really go right from the litter box to your person’s bed?

    • Bongo

      January 26, 2012 at 8:54 pm

      Brown Dawgs, please don’t tell my person I did that.

  14. eof737

    January 26, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    I was impressed by your jelly jar feat! Awesome! 😉

    • Bongo

      January 26, 2012 at 8:54 pm

      Thanks eof737. I do my best.

  15. Sunshine

    January 26, 2012 at 9:12 pm

    Bongo. Just one thing.
    You need to go to Hollywood Dude! Someone’s gotta fill in after Lassie and I nominate you with talent like this, you can’t let it go to waste. Sleep on it and tell your persons to sign you with a movie agent! 🙂

    • Bongo

      January 26, 2012 at 10:56 pm

      Sunshine, do they have trails to walk on in Hollywood?

  16. Scrappy

    January 26, 2012 at 10:42 pm

    Bongo. I thought for a minute you USED the litter box. BOL there are some of us that have THAAAAT skill, but yours seems much more amazing!

    • Bongo

      January 26, 2012 at 10:57 pm

      Scrappy, I’m not sure what would get me into more trouble – using the litter box or mining it for treats. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

  17. henrythebrave

    January 26, 2012 at 11:53 pm

    Bongo, old chap, you are one clever dog! The jelly jar was quite a feat. You should turn it into a magic act and call yourself, Bongo the Magnificent!

    • Bongo

      January 27, 2012 at 12:24 am

      Henry, that sounds like a great idea. I wonder if I could get my person to make me some posters to advertise.

  18. angelswhisper2011

    January 27, 2012 at 1:37 am

    LOL 😀 Bongo, that’s really clever, you can be very proud of yourself, but I wonder if you also have to jump up on the sink?

    • Bongo

      January 27, 2012 at 11:50 am

      Angelswhisper, I just get my front legs up there and then I can reach down in.

  19. bumpyroadtobubba

    January 27, 2012 at 1:53 am

    Bongo, I read this on my way to work this morning and I laughed out loud on the bus. I just read it again and it made me laugh again. I love it! I often wonder what Bella and Beary are up to when I’m at work. Maybe I’ll have to install a puppy-cam? Thanks for making me smile.

    • Bongo

      January 27, 2012 at 11:52 am

      Bumpy Road, I’m glad I got the chance to make you laugh. Bella and Beary probably have a few adventures of their own when nobody is looking.

  20. Bassetmomma

    January 27, 2012 at 2:10 am

    Oh Bongo! Your talents never cease to amaze me! Your Momma must be so proud! LOL!

    • Bongo

      January 27, 2012 at 11:53 am

      Bassetmomma, I thought my person would put that jelly jar on a shelf or something so she could brag about my talents to all her friends – but she recycled it.

  21. Flo

    January 27, 2012 at 3:56 am

    You’re so smart! I hope they were amazed by your talent and won’t underestimate your abilities in the future.

    • Bongo

      January 27, 2012 at 11:57 am

      Flo, unfortunately my person has learned too much about my talents and keeps most things where I can’t get to them.

  22. eripanwkevin

    January 27, 2012 at 7:23 am

    Wow! Bongo, you have a great skill!!! I don’t think that I could take a jelly jar out of the sink without spilling! I wish I could…need to take your lessons! 🙂
    What? The litter box? Oh dog! Is it good? I have a cat brofur, too so I might to try it sometimes!!! BOL! 🙂

    • Bongo

      January 27, 2012 at 11:58 am

      Kevin, I would be glad to give you lessons, but you can’t show your people how you do it. Dogs only. I do have to admit that litter box has some tasty treats in it and I think Rumpy agrees with me on this.

  23. Geraldine

    January 28, 2012 at 10:15 am

    Oh you sly doggie!!! 😉

    • Bongo

      January 28, 2012 at 6:37 pm

      Geraldine, I’ve got to keep busy doing something.

  24. Chancy, Mumsy and Crew

    January 28, 2012 at 5:25 pm

    Wow! Sweet Bongo you are so smart and what an interesting routine you have. Hugs and nose kisses

    • Bongo

      January 28, 2012 at 7:00 pm

      Chancy and Mumsy, sometimes my person wishes I wasn’t so smart when it comes to my routine. Hugs and nose kisses back to you.


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