We have had many posts here about Golden Retriever Dave, the Math Dog (here and here and here and here and here).
Well, we recently learned that Dave sired a litter, and the family kept a puppy. Named Murphy, he is already showing himself to be quite the smart one.
He reminds us of our first Golden Ollie, who was always observing and then doing things that amazed folks far and wide. One of the first things Ollie did was to figure out how to fresh water rather than the stale, warm water from his bowl. He had watched his dad, Gary, in the bathroom get water buy pulling up on the faucet fixture. And, he had learned how to jump up onto the counter so that he could drink the flowing water right from the tap.
Ollie was obviously unable to manipulate the fixture himself as it was too far back on the wall for him to reach to even attempt pulling it up with his mouth. But, he figured out that if he urgently tapped on the faucet, that someone would come running and figure out that he wanted the water turned on. And, that is what he did on his own one day to our amazement.
What was really funny was how he decided that everyone should understand him and his desires. We found that out one day when a workman was busy doing some repair work at our house. I will never forget when he came to tell us that he thought Ollie wanted some water, as he had seen him tapping away on the faucet in our downstairs bathroom. Ollie figured out that all of the faucets were the same and would tap on the one closest to him, of course.
Now that I see the story about Dave’s son, Murphy, I only wish I had a faucet that was turned on by turning, as that skill was one Ollie had down pat. His tapping behavior, however, was the one that he used most of the time. It warmed my heart how he would be outside with Darcy and he’d know that she wanted to come in, even if he did not want to do so. I’d hear ‘tap tap tap’ at the door. Upon opening it, Darcy would run on in, but Ollie would opt to stay outside on the porch. What a gentleman he was to let us know Darcy wanted us. Sadly, when Ollie died, Darcy was initially so lost without him. He actually did some of her talking by relaying her desires, and now she had to speak up for herself. Amazingly, she learned rather quickly that if she barked at the door that someone would come let her in. And, like her mentor, Darcy now did this alerting behavior for both herself and Alfie.
Now, back to Murphy’s story. Frank (Dave’s dad) tells us that when Dave wants a drink he stands at the tub and he or his wife turns on the water. It seems that Murph (at only 4 months of age) is now turning on the water in the bath tub.
Dave won’t turn on the water. He waits until someone turns it on for him. One day Mom heard the water running but couldn’t figure out who had turned it on. After two days, she finally caught Murphy in the act … turning on the water in the bath tub.
Check it out here.