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Why Can’t We Harness the Power of the Dog?

I was looking at the dog this morning as I laced up my boots and looked for my hat, and I was annoyed because we can put a man on the moon but we can’t figure out a way to get a 20 pound dog to remove ten inches of snow from the driveway. I don’t think it is asking too much. Animals have worked for humans for a pretty long time now. The only two animals at my house are a hamster (who would not do well if we dropped her into even 3 inches of snow) and a cockapoo. Sure, it might not be easy, but he should be able to do something, don’t you think?

We’re off to go see our tax guy this morning. He’d better be in a good mood.

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  1. Kathleen

     /  February 24, 2008

    Bailey tried to help with the snow, but her method is rather slow. She sees snow as the world turning into her own private snow cone! She’d try to get out for a nibble every 5 minutes, if I’d let her.

  2. Bill

     /  February 24, 2008

    All it takes is some patience by the person doing the training. You know, get a little snow plow for the dog’s nose and a couple dog biscuits as a reward.

  3. Anji

     /  February 27, 2008

    They used to get dogs working;
    http://timeandoft.blogspot.com/2006/11/bonjour-from-belgium.html

    Perhaps you could train him to eat snow but not the yellow kind…

  4. Jody

     /  February 28, 2008

    He eats the snow just fine without any human intervention, actually. He likes to rub his face in fresh snow. Makes him look like a coke fiend.