Beau and Mitch — Psychological Warfare
My loyal readers are aware of our recent house fire. Consequently, we have had workers here at the ranch making repairs. They bring tools. Beau collects tools. They should have talked to Mitch. I tried to warn them.
Mitch does work around our ranch when we need help from someone with superior skills to my own, which is frequent.
Mitch is thus familiar with Beau, our male Yellow Labrador RETRIEVER. I emphasize the word retriever because Beau is a compulsive retriever. The word “retrieve” sounds more noble than an equally descriptive word, which is “steal.” The distinction lies in whether or not the object Beau gets is gotten at the request of a person or over the objection of a person.
Mitch was telling me today that Beau took his hat, hammer, and some other tool. Mitch is catching on, however. Mitch said that he has learned to act like he does not care because Beau is eager for a reaction. Mitch explained that if he feigns unawareness that his hat or tool is missing, Beau brings it back. Apparently the fun for Beau comes from a reaction…
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