Friday, June 6, 2014

Fergus Friday, June 6

My energy levels are pretty low right now, thanks to the cold I've managed to pick up. I've decided about all I can manage is another Fergus Friday post. If only I could be like Fergus today - napping most of the day, having someone else serve me my food, and generally being waited on hand and foot. Oh well, I'm definitely better than yesterday, when I felt like I had been run over by a truck. Today I feel like it was just a small car that knocked me down.

I've been thinking about how odd it is that the same traits in Fergus that are quite endearing are considered to be totally obnoxious in a human. Let's start with his sense of entitlement. As you can see, he still thinks the pillows belong to him.



He is a tattletale. When he sees Jenny sneak behind the door under the stairs to eat the cat's food he starts in with his high-pitched alarm bark. I think you have to be a Westie owner to fully appreciate how ear-piercing this can be. 

This doesn't mean Fergus himself doesn't frequently sneak in to eat the cat's food, which makes him a complete hypocrite

Most of his day is spent carefully watching out the window, waiting for a squirrel, rabbit or neighbourhood dog to bark at. We are talking hours of uninterrupted viewing, which makes him the dog equivalent of a channel surfing couch potato.

Fergus is also codependent. He wants to be wherever I am. Right now while I am sitting on my front porch drinking tea and writing this post, guess who is out here with me? 


See what I mean? Nobody would want to hang out with a person who had these traits, but somehow in a dog they are funny and/or sweet. After all, it's impossible not to love a face like this. 


25 comments:

  1. Fergus looks like a happy little couch potato though ... so cute ;)

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  2. I love the behind the pillow thing. I have two large floor pillows stacked on top of one another and Gabriel likes to get in between them. Perhaps this is their instinctual hiding in wait for their prey? Even though Fergus looks like he more ready to nap than hunt....but then maybe that is just a ploy. I've been letting Gabriel walk off leash with me in our woods....that is, until one day he saw a rabbit and was gone before I turned around. I chased after into my neighbor's woods and he thought better of his plan and headed back home, me trailing behind. And yes, I'm very familiar with that high-pitched bark. I think I've discovered the solution to Gabriel's tummy problems, but it's only been one day, so I don't want to tell anyone about it yet. I'll let you know in a week or two. We're going on vacation next week and leaving him with one of our sons and I've been desperate to get him to eat properly. I have 3 days to see if this new thing is working and then will see how he handles being away from me for 5 days. I sure hope you feel better by tomorrow.

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  3. Impossible! He's too adorable! Our Remy is the same and we think most of his traits are cute too, but not all! His co-dependency manifests itself into chasing our car down our driveway and onto the busy road - not good! Mel x

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  4. So sorry you've been low with the virus, Kristie. We've had a touch of it round here too.
    I love this post! It seems Westies bear a close resemblance to Australia Silky Terriers, and not just in facial characteristics. Our late little dog, who lived to 17, was another codependent, hypocritical, tattletail couch potato. We miss him still :)

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  5. very cute! my little dog likes to hang out with a group of Westies on the common. They humor her for a while! but ultimately she's not a Westie!! hope you feel better, Heather x

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  6. Feel better Kristie.....I had a bug the first two weeks of may and survived (at times I felt I wouldn't)....you will too! You are so right about that Westie high pitched, nails on the blackboard bark.....Lackie has it :)

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  7. Sorry to hear you are not feeling well, I hope you continue to improve. Fergus is so cute, I still want one!

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  8. My Teddy is a Westie too and I know exactly what you mean about the high pitched bark! He worries dreadfully whenever Poppy (Jack Russell) does anything naughty and always comes to tell me! Fergus looks lovely- I would forgive him anything. Feel better soon :-)

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  9. Oh he's adorable Kristie. If I were to own a dog, I would choose this breed for sure. I hope you are feeling better now and have a lovely weekend.
    Patricia x

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  10. I hope you're beginning to feel much better now. You have a cute dog!

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  11. Sounds just like my Westie, Penny! And you are right about the high pitched bark. Hope you feel better soon!

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  12. He is adorable, and if he were my Max I would include drools and sheds everywhere! Hope you are feeling much better today, but if you are just sitting there knitting and someone is bringing you food and drinks you might want to get better slowly!
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  13. I hope you get a restful day today Kristie. Colds are just awful, aren't they? If you are anything like me, you'll trying to ignore the fact the you are unwell and carry on being busy, which is not good. Your Fergus is adorable. My children are chipping away on the wall of resistance against getting a dog.... we have cats with similar traits, except the barking of course, which is replaced by nonchalance. x

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  14. Awww, Fergus. You little sweetheart. I loved this post because it's something I've thought about a lot! The dogs I've had behaved in ways we'd never dream of because we'd get in a lot of trouble. I love the photo of Fergus lying behind the pillow, he looks like he's saying, "Can't a guy get any peace and quiet around here?" :)

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  15. How funny that Fergus tattles on Jenny! Well, not funny for Jenny, I guess... ;-)

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  16. I hope you're feeling better. Colds are bad anytime, but I dislike them more during warm weather. Perhaps because all of my "treatments" are geared towards cold weather colds. This reminds me, Rebekah once posted "I hab a code"....I got the message that there was much stuffiness. :)

    Fergus is very cute! As long as he's not biting you or chewing on the furniture he could probably get away with anything. I mention those two things because our Border Collie puppy is proving to be very stubborn about doing them. She's a little cat-like, so I'm thinking of getting a spray bottle to help her get the message.

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  17. Hope you are feeling better now! Those are wonderful pictures of Fergus, I recognise so many of those traits with Daisy too! She thinks she owns all our cushions too and is always trying to pinch the cat's food! Sarah x

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  18. Fergus is a very handsome Westie! Obviously he takes his nursing duties quite seriously. Always another opportunity to supervise and monitor! We have had this cold too, so annoying and does make you feel pretty crappy. Archie has had no skin problems yet. He had some digestive issues so he's on a Royal Canin moderate digestion food. Seems to have helped him a lot. Mind you he eats sticks dirt and who knows what else. Kinda gross! Rest up and in a few days you will start to feel better.

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  19. Fergus does have a sweet face, despite his questionable characteristics. As you say, they`re rather charming in a canine friend.

    Karen

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  20. You are so right! No one would want to spend any time with a human like this, but a dog, heck we all love them to bits! Just today I was shoved off my chair in a summerhouse by a very large dog climbing up next to me and then fidgeting and wiggling until I got off. She got her comeuppance though as she was then stared at by another dog until she got off and he got on to the chair instead! Can you imagine if we started to act like that!! Fergus is gorgeous though, and I can quite see why you love him. I hope that you are starting to feel better and that it isn't anything serious. Take care and love yourself a little in the meantime. xx

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  21. I do hope you are feeling better by now...you've had a miserable time.

    Fergus is adorable....and just like our lot can do as he pleases!

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  22. I love watching the power plays that occur when you keep six dogs as we do. But apart from a little barking sometimes it's all so very benign ... we humans can learn a thing or two from dogs about how to get along in groups. Of course the top dog always gets his way ... but at least the other dogs accept his authority, however reluctantly.

    I do hope you're feeling better Kristie and that Fergus cuddles are part of the cure x

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  23. Sorry to hear about the cold and send fellow-feeling, having just recovered from one myself.

    Fergus is such a sweetie, despite all the character traits. :-) My youngest sister has a now elderly Westie who is just about the nicest dog I've ever met. If I ever had a dog, it would be a Westie.

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  24. Oh, he really is irresistible. If humans were that adorable we could get away with all those things more easily too! Hope you're feeling better now. Eric just suffered through a pretty bad cold last week...must be going around.... ~Kim

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