11 November 2011

I Know "No"


If thy brother wrongs thee, remember not so much his wrong-doing, but more than ever that he is thy brother.

~~ Epictetus, Greek Sage and Stoic Philosopher, 55 – 135 AD

My human, K, is under the impression that I don't understand the meaning of "no." And she has gathered some evidence, below, to illustrate her point. However, I understand "no" quite well. In fact, it was one of the first human commands I learned. However, as I have woofed before, being an Alpha Male of the Canine Species it is my prerogative to pick and choose which "no" I will understand and respond too.

I don't know what you are talking about. I don't see any hole.

Oh, this? It's not a hole, it is a paw rest.

I think I will just squeeze myself right in.

Ah! The bullpen. At last!

So much cow dung, so little time.

Great view!



Raphael, School of Athens [Scuola di Atene], circa 1510-1511 (Apostolic Palace, Vatican City, Italy)

Giovanni di Paolo, The First Circle of Wisdom Led By Thomas Aquinas, Illustration of Dante's Paradiso, Canto X, circa 1442-1450 (The British Museum, London, England)

Back to me...

Submission to one wrong brings on another.

~~ Latin Proverb

Silvius, this is awesome! You really should join me.

What? Don't move my left paw?

Great view!

I'm done here.

Right where I left it!

I protest! I find the above so-called "evidence" to be highly and unfairly prejudicial! And extremely one-sided. I know "no," I just don't always act on that knowing. It is my prerogative and privilege and right, and, dare I woof, my duty, as a Canine to not always follow human rules. Unless treats are involved. Then I will always chose to follow the "no" command. I'm just sayin'...


Bouncing Bertie said...

Suka, only very stupid dogs obey 'no' commands when there are no treats involved!
Toodle pip!
PS Are you sure you don't have a terrier gene or two in there somewhere?


"No!" is dog-language for "Yes!".
I love your quotes too... :)
Sending lotsaluv

Finn said...

I know, I know. They just don't get it. We love to squeeze into place and create a little rest for our paws too. What's wrong with these people?!!?

Sugar the Golden Retriever said...

Woof! Woof! I totally agree with you ... TREATS got to be involved. As I aged ... I developed a "selective hearing" I don't understand the command NO. Happy "Moment of Beauty" Friday Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Mr. Pip said...

Oh Suka, I always love your posts - the paintings, the quotes, and the adorable pictures of you!

My mom says I have selective hearing - I hear no when I want to and other times not so much.

Your pal, Pip

Oskar said...

Hey, if they can't briing on the treats then my hearing is selective too!

Nubbin wiggles,

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Selective hearing is one very important Siberian trait - it helps make us who we are:)

Have a good weekend.

Woos~ Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning

FiveSibesMom said...

He-he...oh Suka, you are so right! It is the K9 Right to say "No." You "know" "no," and you chose not to do "no." Simple. Right? ;-)

Teddy Bear said...

Oh Suka, you've got us BOL! We just love your paw rest. And we SO know what you mean about the cow patties and so little time.

Teddy Bear & Sierra

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

I also know NO -

I just choose not to do it!

It must be a Northern Breed thing!

PeeEssWoo: Pawesome pikhs Handsome!

Berts Blog said...

OK, any dog worth his/her salt will NOT pass up the chance to enjoy a little cow pie especially us westerners.

I was very impressed as to how you squoze thru that metal fence thingy to get to the special Load.

Suka, you are my idle.


Peggy Frezon said...

I'd say you have the fine makings of a lawyer. Great logic! Hope you get extra treats.

Bailey Be Good! said...

This is sooo familiar to me! I know right from wrong, but choose to do what I want anyway! Teehee!

Woofs & hugs, <3

~Bailey (Yep, I'm a girl!)

Anonymous said...

Heh Heh Heh Suka I like your style dude ;)

Waggin at ya,

Ms. ~K said...

Cow Dung...we'll be right over, save us some! :)

Brandon - The dog with a blog said...

We all know that the word "NO" means yes :)
Us doggies are smart!


Jasmine said...

Hi, Suka. Nice to meet you. I have to say I agree with your selective understanding of the word "no." My human sisters have taught me well that sometimes it is beneficial to obey Mommy, and sometimes it's just not worth giving up what you want. One of those "pick your battle" things.

Puppy Love,
Jasmine the black baby Dane

GRAÇA said...

Suka then you're behind the collar and your friend ... got to where you should have been, no?
Good weekend
Turrinhas of girlfriend

Siku Marie, White Dog said...

You present a sound and logical argument. KNOWING the word doesn't require you to agree with or acknowledge its power. Just be safe and smart when you chose to slip your collar and go wandering.

Schnauzer Days said...

Hee hee, Suka we like your style, we have taken some excellent tips from you there too, keep up the good work! Dex and Lou xxx

duendes said...

Ohh Suka is the first time I see a foot rest so original!you're great friend...and thanks for participating in my SAL.will be fun to do some work together.Big hugs.

Joan said...

Here! Here! Suka. You got that right - it is our duty as canines to not always follow human rules, and for being only 1 1/2 years old...I am very proud to say that I am following mighty fine in your footsteps. Me....too...unless of course 'treats' are involved!!!
Pugs Hugs,
Little Janie Poo
P.S. Great Photos - Great Captions.....LOVED the 'paw rest' photo and caption!!!!

Remington said...

You certainly have a lot of stuff to do....and by the way I think "no" means "maybe"....

Kirsten (peacefuldog) said...

Not disobedient, just a free spirit! Cow poop is the best.

GOOSE said...

Fight the man Suka (said with paw raised in the air). BOL!
You are braver than me, I am not so sure about those cows.

Bailey Be Good! said...

Hi, Suka!! Hope you have a terrific Wednesday!!

Woofs & hugs! <3

~Bailey (Yep, I'm a girl!)

Siku Marie, White Dog said...

Thanks for your comments on todays blog. Momma just finished reading Raven Stole the Moon to us. It revolves aroung NW Coast Indian spirit lore and they believe, like you so rightly point out, that spirits (or nature) are neither "Good" or "evil" they just are. Raven gave humans the sun and moon and stars (good, right?) but he STOLE them!

Tanner and Beth said...

You are quite a free spirit! Good to know you always come back!

Puppy Kisses,

Alfie said...

hahaha! you and i have that in common. My people are always saying "he doesnt listen like our other dogs used to" its not that we dogs dont understand, we just dont see a purpose in being told what to do sometimes ;) and cheers to alpha males!

tiger said...

Hey, nice to see you and your human K, back finally! Tiger and I've been missing your bloggin. Tiger & Cindy from, Yep, St.Paul, Mn.

GRAÇA said...

Suka hole is then rest of legs, I hope you're not still rest your legs because I need you to go vote for me
Wake up!
turrinhas girlfriend

Siku Marie, White Dog said...

Dearest Friends, Just want you all to know how extra special you are to us and how VERY grateful we are that you have chosen to share your stories and lives with us. Your friendship is treasured. We ask the Universe to shower you with blessings today.

May your Thanksgiving Day be bountifully filled with laughter, friendship, warm memories, and love. hew White Dog Army.

Ailsa,Teesha and Burtie said...

ohhh moo poo cream, I can just see you now a rollover and nice slide of the head to get the pulse spots. Whats that, NO is that your human saying, No dont stop.

♥ Sallie said...

Happy Turkey Day!


The Thundering Herd said...

No is that word the humans utter so you look at them for a second and then go back to what you were doing in the first place - right?