Although I am a dog I know things. Like when it is time to eat. Mom doesn’t need a watch. At 7 in the morning time, or as soon as she’s done yanking her head-fur with the electric heat machine, I know it’s time for breakfast. Dinnertime is precisely at 5pm unless Mom decides to make me suffer and wait. She does this on purpose so that I won’t faint from hunger if I’m always used to eating at the same time and no food comes.

The leash means WALKS!

I like ice cubes. I thought I’d mention that in case you would like to send me some.

I know that when Mom puts her coat on, she usually will want me to tinkle outside. Towels on the bathroom floor mean bath time, followed by much drinking of water and more tinkles.

Suitcases mean it’s another trip. She packs. I help by removing things and bringing them to her. I want her to stay home. I mope.

“Bye-bye” means we’re going some place in the car. My tail goes way up and I move fast before they change their mind. “Up-up” means get in the car. (Wait until they open the door first.) And at the end of the day “Night-night” means it’s time to go upstairs and go to sleep.

I also know the usual commands like sit, down, stay, off, leave it and wait.  I also know special things like ” remain.”  That’s what Mom says when she and Daddy leave the house with me in it alone. I’m supposed to REMAIN while they leave.  I don’t have to be any place in particular, just inside the house. I guess I’m not supposed to unlock the doors or drive the other car or something. STAY would be horrible, as I would have to plant my carcass in one place and not move for many long times.

“To the rug” is what I get told when the door bell rings. We have a rug just for me about 10 feet from the door and that’s my place when people come to the house. Mom wants to make sure any visitors  who come are OK with dogs. If they’re not I don’t get up. If they are, I am invited to “go visit.” My new best friends then get to pet me and love on me and I transfer my fur onto their pant legs in return.

I can also recycle. Mom gives me an empty water bottle and I put it in the recycle bin. 

And, I can “trash it.” That’s putting things INTO the trash, like paper. Tissue is the hardest because it gets stuck to the roof of my mouth and although I want to let it go it just won’t fall out on it’s own. I can also pick up anything  Mom tells me to and hand it to her.

How’d I learn all these things? TREATS! That my best word. I can even spell it.

Here are some very nice dogs receiving treats in slow motion. You’ll want to watch this several times.

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33 thoughts on “Treats!

  1. Well…I am a cat and my name is Jack and I know how to get treats as well. Just shake the can and I come running. Of course, if I want them NOW..I just get on the back of mom’s desk chair while she tries to work and I “pat” her head with my paws…hard. She gets the idea. By the way, this is not easy as the chair swivels!!


  2. I love Madison’s comments and the video was just grand, I sent it on to my dog owner friends,

    I love your blog, thanks for sharing. When are you going to be in the Phila/NJ area?


  3. Thanks for all the advice, Madison. Treats must really work. I’m just a little puppy and am wondering if getting all those treats will be fill my tummy and I won’t eat at dinnertime. Dad’s pretty concerned about that. Maybe Mom just has to find teeny ones to use. Anyhow, it’s always good to hear from you. (Oh by the way, they STILL haven’t given me a name! My FIONA name mom didn’t want because of the nickname FIFI – too la-di-dah I guess. When Dad suggested the Spanish work for peanut – Cacahuate, Mom just groaned because the nickname from that is even worse!!)


    1. I am just checking to make sure you know that peanuts should not be given to dogs. If they lodge in the windpipe immediate surgery is needed to save the animal. You can check with the humane society on this and a list of human food that can harm your dog, like chocolate, grapes, raisins, avocado, etc. or I can send you the list.

      Uncle Bud.


  4. All we can say, Madison, is that the life of a dogs is great. You certainly have things figured out. We wanted to share with you something we have figured out about food. (and you do know how important eating is!!!!!!) Our Dad is “the” feeder and he used to feed us in the evening (morning, too…..) when he came home from work at 5:00. Well, he doesn’t work anymore. He retired. (does that mean he’s too tired to go to work, we don’t know) Anyway, we digress….. We know all about time, too, and when “we” get fed. As a team, we started to bug Dad to feed us earlier and guess what? First, we got him to feed us right at 4:30 and he went along with it. We are so good at this that two years later we get now our dinner at 2:35 in the afternoon! It is great! Nose nudges and little barks and being constantly under foot have helped us to achieve this amazing trick. You know, I ‘m not sure Dad can even read a clock so we have certainly have him fooled.

    On a personal note, Molly has had something called vestibular syndrome. She is getting better after lots of pills and special care but she also lost weight while sick. So, we have both been getting lots of treats!

    Keep writing Madison and keep up the good work. (try our trick, too, Ami probably won’t catch on)

    Your Loyal Black Lab Fans
    Molly and Abby
    Pine Grove, CA


    1. Molly is so very smart! And the video is awesome too! Reading Molly’s e-mails always leaves me with a smile on my face and skip in my walk! Look forward to seeing what she is up to each month! Remember Molly…..your owner is never too old to learn!


  5. Hi Madison, my name is Brady – I have diabetes with a very controlled Rx diet, so I think you are really lucky to get all those yummy treats. I remember them. My Mom says “do you want a cookie” and I know I am going to get the cookies she makes by baking slices of my can Rx dog food and they are yummy. When she bakes the cookies, Casey and I wait by the counter -just like kids do when there are cookies cooling. If she says “treats” I know we will get baby carrots and we really love carrots. My doctor is amazed how well I changed my treats to something that helps me. We are such loved little furry people. Brady and Casey, the Cairn Terriers of Deerfield Manor


  6. Madison – you’re so smart!! I always enjoy your blog. You remind me of our late golden,”Molly”. We had 11.5 years with her…. :)


  7. Hi, I’m a cat but I have trained my mom really well. I have my breakfast at 6:45 then I get a treat when she gets home from work and dinner at 6 pm. At 8 o’clock I get my evening treat and if I spend some time on mom’s lap, I’ll get more. She was kind of slow learning the schedule but she has it down now.


  8. Madison,
    Thank you so much for sharing your life with us; you truly have a gift for writing. Have you ever thought about writing a book of your exploits? I bet it would be a best seller!!!!


  9. what a card you are Madison…………if you ever want to visit just ask AMI the next time she comes to Maine!!!~


  10. Madison, I love the picture of the little “sneer” on your face when you are told”To the rug.” Guess that look says it all.


  11. Madison, we have our parents trained very well, too. Every morning after our mom takes her pills, we run into the kitchen to get our mini hotdogs and hip pills (it’s really glu-co something for our joints). I trained mom early with the mini hotdogs because when I was a pup I had a bad shoulder and the vet told mom to try the glucos-whatever. They didn’t have liver-flavored back then (people don’t have flavored medicine, so sad) so mom would put it in a piece of hot dog. I got better but still waited for the piece of hot dog. Of course, because we were puppies and didn’t understand, my sister also got a piece of hot dog. Now my sister points at the fridge door every morning in case mom forgets where she keeps them.

    We loved the video. Thanks, Madison! Made mom smile a lot.

    Buddy and Lucy
    Snohomish, WA


  12. Wow, Madison, I have been reading your blog my whole life (3 years). I have a great Mom and Dad, lots of treats, a little dashound buddy, and four cats. I really don’t like cats as they are allowed on the sofa and the bed. My favorite treats are those bacon strips in a bag.MMMmm. I am a red dog with a curly tail. The vet says I am a “Mystery ” dog. I think that must be a good thing. Keep up the good work training your owners.


  13. Oh Madison, if you were a cat we’d be three peas in a little pod! You really have your Mom well trained. We do too but we are just a little more sly. Shakespeare is the smallest and Mom calls him “the baby” so I send him out to do the deed. He stands about 5 feet from Mom and and gets those real droopy “sad” eyes, turns his head to the side, and then does this pathetic “meow” whisper like he’s starving and doesn’t have the energy to make any noise. He is so good at it that even I believe him! Anyway, we ALWAYS get treats when he does that! You’ll have to come over and see it sometime. It’s worth the price of admission, which is one bag of cat treats!

    Your cat buddies from Big D! (that’s Dallas!)
    Shadow & Shakespeare


  14. You are such a smart dog, Madison! My parents had a dog named Sambo (well, he used to be my dog, but my dad decided I should get another dog when I got married because HE wanted Sambo!). I taught Sambo lots of tricks, even “dance”, and then my dad taught him the tricks in Swedish! Sambo was a bi-lingual dog–really tri-lingual, as he understood English, Swedish, and, of course, Canine! =) He also knew how to spell Treat, and later he learned how to spell Walk! He was a cockapoo, and they had him for many years. Now they are all in heaven together, along with my other two dogs, Molly and Rex. Molly knew how to spell Treat, also, but Rex was older when we got him, so he mostly was watchdog and aspired to be a lapdog (all 50 pounds of him!).


  15. Madison, I think we are clones. Mom always reads to me when you write. Lots of times she laughs and shakes her head too! She really liked the one about how you just sit by the place where the “put away” toy is. I have to find mine for mom all the time. She forgets, but I never do. My Mom got a new refrigerator for me. It shoots ice cubes right out of the door and I get to jump and catch them! Glad spring is here again – pink nose time!


  16. I love your blogs Madison! And I can nag my dad too so he feeds me earlier and earlier than the usual 4:00 pm time- I just nudge his hand on the computer and stare up at him with my big brown eyes till he gives in! Bailey –your black Lab blog buddy.


  17. Madison, you are very impressive. I dont know as many tricks as you but I am inspired to learn some. Please keep sending me notes…I enjoy them. BJ


  18. Hello, my name is Shasta I am a 2 yr old boxer mastiff mix, I own Eileen. Eileen was worried about the treats ruining my dinner. She loves Good and Plenty licorice candy she gave me one and I LOVE THEM they are fat free and very small, she puts them in my busy cube which takes me alittle time to get that stupid thing tipped so one comes out. I am wondering if maybe I could do some advertising for them???? Don’t worry fame would not go to may head!!


  19. Thank you for the treat video Madison. I watched it over and over. Has your mommy taught you the word “Quilt?”

    Your friend, Lacey (Great Dane)


  20. Hi Madison!
    It’s me, Snickers, and my sister, Sugar, again. We just wanted to tell you that if you come to Kernersville next week, we not only have an all-day buffet here, but twice a day we have ice cream! Mom buys us plain vanilla so Sugar can take her medicine. Sugar just doesn’t like feeling the pills in her mouth, so she would always eat the snack, then spit out the pills! Mom tried putting it in her food, giving it to her in cheese, or peanut butter, etc., etc., but every time, Sugar would just spit them out. Finally, Mom found that the best thing was a spoonful of ice cream! Even though I don’t have to take any pills – well, except my Heartgard, but we both LOVE those – I get ice cream, too. Usually, we have ice cream at 9 am & pm (that means morning and evening). Sometimes, Mom will be doing something, like typing on the computer, so we have to remind her about the evening ice cream. That’s also when we get our treats. Well, I go into the office & let Mom know that it’s time, and she says, “OK, in a minute.” Well, sometimes those minutes seem really long. So then Sugar will go in and remind her, and if Mom doesn’t pay attention, Sugar takes her nose & pushes the keyboard drawer under the desk. THAT really gets Mom’s attention! Isn’t that clever?

    Usually, we have either a pig roll, or Bacon (a.k.a. Beggin’ Strips), then we have 2 large Milkbones each. Sometimes, Mom forgets how to count & only give us one Milkbone each. Isn’t that silly? WE know how to count AND tell time! In that case we have to keep reminding her until she goes & gets the second Milkbone. Nope, you can’t fool us!

    Anyway, if you come to visit, you will get treats, too. Bye for now–

    Snickers (They named me that because I’m a chocolate Lab) & Sugar (She’s a rescue dog, and she’s so sweet!)


  21. Hey Madison,
    Loved the video, but don’t understand why YOU aren’t in it.
    I love treats, too. My Mommy gives me one every morning just to get me out of bed. hehehehe!


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