Thursday, November 14, 2013

On Dogs and the Barter System

So I'm sitting at my computer, just finishing a bowl of cereal that I had for my breakfast. Murphy wanders in and tries to nudge up against me as if to suggest that I should let him have some cereal too.

"Oh, hell no, dog," I tell him. "This is mine. You have your dog food, and I don't eat that, so you're not eating this."

Murphy wanders back out of the room as I knock off the rest of the cereal and set the bowl aside on a chair next to my computer desk. I don't think too much of it when Murphy comes back in a minute later with one of his favorite toys, a small stuffed horse. He walks up to me and places the little horse in my lap.
"Why thank you," I say, taking the horse, figuring that he wants to play a bit. But instead of trying to get the horse back, he walks over to the bowl and begins to lap up the milk and cereal residue. Then it dawned on me: we just did a dog-initiated trade here--his toy for my food.

The damned dog just came in here with the only currency that he possessed and "bought" my bowl of cereal. Offer and Acceptance. I guess he wins.

Note to self: Move the law books in my office to a higher shelf. Someone's obviously been reading the one on Contracts while I've been out.

"Next I trade you this pig ear for yur car keyz."

13 comments:

  1. Now thats one smart dog.

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  2. Priceless. That is one smart pup!

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  3. Animals are WAY smarter than people give them credit for.

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  4. That would explain a lot about the cat's habit of leaving decapitated rats for us in the house.

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  5. Love it, you do have one smart dog there.

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  6. Love it, you did good teaching that one!

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  7. HAHAHAHAHA....That dog is awesome!
    Treasure him always.

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  8. He's learning FAST!!!

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  9. I can see the headline now: "K-9 passes K-law practical - prepares to 'sit' for bar exam".

    Professor Kingsfield would be proud.

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  10. Bahahahaha! I am SO glad my Arya can't read. She already brings me toys to throw and play fetchy with. This, apparently, is the Next Step. :)

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  11. When he learns the safe combo, you're doomed!

    gfa

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