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An Amazing Dog Balances Ball

March 28, 2008

Video: Metacafe

We all love it when animals do amazing things… and that was a classic example. Most people love dogs… unlike Cats who rarely do tricks. Now I’m going to tell you a story of another Dog trick I once saw.

I met a guy about 12 years ago, from memory, he was an Engineer working on the New Endeavor, the Australian tall ship, which he’d apparently worked on for some 10 or more years. His dog was a Fox Terrier, and he been living on board with is master, apparently since he was a pup.

Anyway, I’d gotten up at about 10am New Years morning… after crashing at about 7am. There were about 700 of us in tents and campers camped on an Airstrip… and it had been a Wild night. Now since I’m not a drinker, I was up earlier than most, because I would be working, and as usual, it was going to be a hard day, largely because most of the other camerapersons were hung over for the first half of the day.

OK, so I get up, step out of ‘the Taj mahal’, as my new dome tent had been christened and the first thing I see is this Fox Terrier madly racing around in circles chasing it’s tail. It eventually caught it’s stub of a tail, then walks crab like on tippy toes up to it’s master’s out stretched hand and places it’s stub of a tail in his out stretched hand, I kid you not!

After I’d got over the initial shock, I realize that the others standing around were just as stunned… it was one of the strangest things I’d ever seen an animal do. So I asked the owner. “Can you make him do that again?” The owner said to his dog as he outstretched his hand. “Give me your tail.” And the Foxie repeated his stunt to the delight of all. I looked at the owner and said. “Bit of free time on board eh?”

Unfortunately, my body was up, but my brain was waiting till I’d had a shower to catch up, so I can’t show you any footage. Sad to say, I was too busy during the rest of the day to chase up the pair, to video one of the wackiest things I have ever seen a dog do, and unfortunately they left later that same day.

But the question still burns in my head. How on earth do you make dogs do such abstract stunts?

My dog wouldn’t even fetch or even heal, and when my mother took him to obedience school; because I was happy with the way he was, she was told after only 2 lessons not to bring him back… because he was too much of a problem; much to my mothers embarrassment. I was so proud of him.

You know he had his skills, for instance he was great at keeping god botherers from knocking on our door and he (with a bit of encouragement) made the Feds real nervous and a little less assertive regarding why I’d declined an all expenses paid trip to Vietnam… I’m not so sure they’d have believed I was my younger brother if Tiny hadn’t been there you know.


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