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Sunday, June 3, 2012

you got to know the rules

As in every household, we have rules. They are pretty simple and at this point in our lives, it is usually things we do to respect each other's boundaries and opinions and each other.

For instance, clean up after yourself.  Change the toilet paper roll if it runs out on your shift (okay, that rule gets broken more than the others).

Don't make loud noise too late at night.

Call or text if you aren't going to come home that night (hmmmm another one that gets broken occasionally).

Don't leave wet clothes in the washer or dry clothes in the dryer (hmmmmm wonder who breaks that the most).

And of course the most important rule of all.

If you come home carrying plastic bags, you need to give the corgi a cookie.

I'm not too sure when it started but I know who (me) started it. We would come home from the grocery store with all the bags and as we were unpacking I would give Koda a cookie or two (or three or four, but who is counting, he certainly isn't).

As someone once said, a corgi never forgets a food source.

So over time, Koda learned to associate plastic bags mean a cookie. So when we walk in with any plastic bags, whether they be from the grocery store or the office supply store or whatnot, he expects a cookie.

He will stand in the kitchen by his treat drawer and wait. Somewhat patiently until he is rewarded for you bringing in a bag.

I got that rule down pat. I know, plastic bag, corgi treat. Hubby has it down pretty well too. 

Son.....well..... slow learner.......I can't tell you how many times I've gone back into the kitchen after son comes in with some plastic bags and Koda is still waiting.......

I've always been good about following rules........

(yes I've been known to give him a cookie even if it wasn't on my watch :)

31 comments:

Michelle said...

You are a good 'Corgi mama'!

Kellie said...

Aww! So cute! I do something similar with my cat, but it's more like, when I come in the door, she gets chicken. It's hard to explain to her though that just because I normally come in at 5pm after work, that doesn't mean she should get it when I come in on a Saturday morning after taking the rubbish out.

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Funny how hard it is for us to remember the rules, but for animals like your Koda, they never forget. How sweet that is. They are creatures of habit and often we are too. I do hope your Sunday is a wonderful one!
Hope no one forgets the rules...

jack69 said...

Lovely fun entry! Love the story, and it has its reward also, a Sunday SMILE! THANKS!

Go ahead give the kid a cookie!!!
Love from the first coast!

Dana said...

Aw, very sweet. :)

Happy Sunday!

Shelly said...

Koda is one smart cookie, and cute, to boot!

Blondee said...

Okay, cutest rule ever!! lol

My daughter thinks this should be a rule here, too. :)

Have a lovely Sunday, Betty!

Jeanie said...

I am sure Koda knows that if everyone else forgets this rule that you will be the one that will remember if he waits long enough.

Lynn Proctor said...

awww a cookie always helps-- this is so sweet:)

Funny in My Mind said...

is it one cookie per bag? I have 4 dogs so that would get expensive and tedious. That is a funny rule though.

Karen Greenberg said...

Oh, poor Koda! I can just picture him standing there waiting for his treat. It's a good thing you jump in and save the day!

Rita said...

LOL! Karma would be pretty upset with me if she didn't get her treat of her tablespoon of canned food when I wake up. When my hours were crazy and all over the clock for years--it didn't matter when I woke up--2 am? It's treat time! And it doesn't matter if you laid down for a nap for an hour--treat time! Luckily I rarely nap--LOL! She has me trained well. And, yes--it's our own fault. We started it--ROFL!! ;)

JosephAlsarraf said...

LOL! Poor Koda! I think the last rule is the only rule that shouldn't be broken.

P.S. You should never try to use the bathroom on the airplane, tissues and toilet paper everywhere, disgusting!

They really need to put in bigger trash bins. : )

The Brown Recluse said...

At my house, Roscoe thinks any cellophane or plastic rattling means only one thing...treats~

Wet clothes in the washer? And dry ones in the dryer...every time I want to wash mine!!!

Holly from 300 Pounds Down said...

Aww that's cute!

TARYTERRE said...

What a GREAT story about Koda. Your son needs to remember or that corgi will just sit and wait and wait. And that could become a sad story.

Chatty Crone said...

Every time we leave or come home - we give him a small treat! lol. And no one here except me changes the toilet paper. And I hate finding clothes in the washer or dryer! lol sandie

Toriz said...

For a while every time we went out it was for shopping, and when we go shopping Kero gets a treat so he stays out of the way while we're trying to put the goods away. Of course, now he thinks every time one of us goes out he'll get a treat when we get back. Only way we get away with that one is if he comes too; apparently if he comes too not havinga treat is acceptable to him. ;)

rmslil said...

My late cat would always go into my Mom's room right before she was going to bed. She does not like an animal in her room at night. I would get the cat out by shaking his treats. She then would go in there and sit just waiting for me to shake the treats. She thought that is what she had to do to get a treat... It was funny.

Martha said...

No really? You actually give Koda treats when it isn't plastic bag time? Say it isn't so, lol ;)

banning brewd said...

i look forward to our rules being so simple...and to actually have rules about laundry...how wonderful!

Fiona Biedermann said...

At dog obedience they tell us that dogs don't remember anything after 3 seconds - not sure how that works considering we all use treats for training.
Koda sounds like my dog. They remember food and its source forever

Danielle L Zecher said...

That is so cute! We have a rule that if you touch a certain cabinet you have to give the cats something.

gracies tough journey said...

One of God's many blessing to us, dogs. That is so cute of Koda.

Sharon said...

Ah, Koda is one very special (and lucky) Corgi!

Betty, I've so enjoyed catching up with your blog posts. I was especially blessed by the one about waiting (5/31). You and I have shared how waiting is one thing we both struggle with - especially because waiting usually involves worrying, huh?!

Your words were very encouraging. Great news about your son - continued blessings with his jobs.

Oh, and I loved the picture of you that you posted a while back! You are as adorable as I thought you were!!

GOD BLESS!

(Thanks for understanding my MIA in Blog Land lately. Moving, as you know well, is such a TIME-CONSUMING adventure!!)

Rob-bear said...

You wouldn't be implying, in any way, that Koda is a little bit spoiled, would you?

Of course you wouldn't.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

What a sweet little story. Son better get on the ball. I love how patient our pups can be.

Crown of Beauty said...

I've been on your other blog (That COrgi) a few times before, but this is my first time here. I didn't know you had this blog. I thouroughly enjoyed reading some of your previous posts - this one about the plastic bad=cookie for Koda, I think it is really cute.

And the two new jobs for your son. That is really something to praise God for.

Just wanted to leave a response before leaving. Blessings...

Lidia

Nel said...

That is too funny! I guess we know who is really the boss in your family! Spoiled...maybe a little?
until next time... nel

MorningAJ said...

Sounds lie my cats. As soon as I go into the kitchen to make the packed lunches they are at my feet. Somehow they know when there will be cooked meat about, and wait patiently (occasional shuffles to remind me they're there) for the offcuts!

Tamera Brose said...

That's pretty funny and smart on your doggy's part.