Downward Dog

by SandraF on March 24, 2014 · 4 comments

in Scottie Love

What is it about Scotties that they know how to maneuver their little bodies in the opposite direction from which we want to go making themselves as immovable as a cinder block?

Upon entering the park today, I started to walk in the normal direction we take. Abby decided that today she wanted to go the other way. There we were, a taut leash between two stubborn females. I tugged on the leash to let Abby know that we were going to go in the direction we always go.

Abby responded to my tug with moving her body fully in the opposite direction. This was done by spinning herself around by moving her back feet quickly in a 180 degree spin. It was like watching a 18-wheeler where the back end moves but front end does not. But she was not done. She then crouched down and made her body a complete dead weight. This maneuver makes it very difficult to move her.

I tried bribery, a stern “Let’s go” and finally “Let’s go find Beau”. As we stayed at this impasse, other owners walked by with their dogs. They gave us an amused look. I felt their sympathy. They knew that what stood before them was not the alpha dog in the relationship. The alpha was laying on the ground burrowing herself into the snow.

I don’t know of any other breed that knows how to do this. It must be passed down from Scottie generation to Scottie generation.

We had a lovely walk though. The new direction was kinda nice. I might get used to it.

Abby being curious

Abby being curious

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Pat McCartney March 25, 2014 at 7:23 am

My Lacie is especially adept at this same manuever. She does this when she detects that we are heading back toward the camper.


QueenPDW March 25, 2014 at 9:33 am

I have so enjoyed the postby SandraF. They give wonderful insight into the Scottie world and why we love the breed so much. Please keep them coming.


Suzanne March 25, 2014 at 12:43 pm

Yep that is a Scottish Terrier for you.I have been owned by them for 30 plus years.We love them I can’t imagine a world without them.Our newest pup MacTavish is a joy.


Daisy March 25, 2014 at 4:28 pm

Know that ‘anvil’ manoeuvre well!


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