When Lucy had only been with us three or four days, I taught her to ring these bells when she wanted to go outside to do her business. She figured it out very quickly. As we tried to watch football, she rang the bells. As we tried to eat dinner, she rang the bells. Each time we grinned thinking boy, Lucy is a quick learner. And she was. In no time she trained us to jump up and run to the back door each time she rang those bells. For the most part, the bells were brilliant, Lucy became potty trained and all was well.
And then Annabelle came along.
Annabelle thinks this is the dinner bell.
Annabelle is always hungry.
She rings the bells, I open the door, she runs out, runs immediately back in then expects a treat.
Sometimes she is hungry in the middle of the night.
The bells may have to go.
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Ringo Starr – It Don’t Come Easy
LOL!!! This is hilarious, Talya, and I really enjoy your Lucy and Annabelle stories. So, let me see if I have this right…for Lucy, those are “Tinkle Bells,” and for Annabelle, they are “Taco Bells”…haha…Oh well, they are both very smart and awesome little ‘bell’adonnas, that’s for sure!
Lou Nell McCraw Davis says
I enjoy reading all your writing, Talya. Take pride in it actually. Tell others about you. And I just loved Lucy and Annabelle today! Yes, our dogs train us well.
We used the “tinkle bells” with Bruce, also! They came down when he kept wanting to go play with his armadillo friends in the middle of the night…
Talya Tate Boerner says
It’s amazing how fast they learn, huh? But who could turn down that precious little face? Our Trixie Belle has us pretty well trained to jump at her every demand, too.
Dorothy Johnson says
Those smart little dogs have you wrapped around their front paws! I love your girls. Cute post.
I was going to train our little Willow to ring a bell, but Aaron said: “What if she rings the bell constantly? Are you going to let her our at 2am?” Now, I’m kind of glad I didn’t lol!