Friday, 9 July 2010

the pancaked dog effect

Penny seems to be suffering from 'pancaked dog' syndrome. The basic symptom is a necessity to lie flat out on the kitchen floor, head supported by the floor itself, body flat and motionless - unless someone makes toast, in which case the body leaps to attention and levitates instantaneously across the room to appear beside the bread-toasting human.

The symptoms may be the result of a visit to Kepala Canine Country Club, a visit in which the accompanying human kept throwing the floaty toy into the heated pool, so that Penny had to swim to fetch it. No sooner would she forge through the waves to rescue the lost toy and haul it back to shore than the second floaty toy would be hurled to the other end of the pool. Half an hour of this left her tired but happy, but the human couldn't resist the temptation to try out the fenced enclosure where the agility equipment is set out.

Penny goes to a tricks and agility class each Tuesday evening, but there's no seesaw, so it seemed like a great opportunity at Kepala to use the seesaw and revisit this agility skill. And, of course, who could resist the weave poles?

There's a sandy enclosure, so that invited us also. Penny happily chased the floaty toys, now operating as throwing toys.

By the time we drove home she was ready to relax, and she's been doing that most of the day.

Here's a picture from above:


Noah the Airedale said...

Penny you really are an active dog. A tricks and agility class sounds interesting.

Noah x

Slavenka said...

"Poor" girl, she is really exhausted :)

parlance said...

Noah, it's a great class. However...Tuesday night as Cindy, the trainer, was packing up, she noticed there was ice on the tunnel! I'd already commented that when Penny sat on 'the box', she sort of slid off. We thought she was just jumping off. But when we packed up, the top was covered in ice!
I love winter, though. Love the cold.

parlance said...

Slavenka, it's a happy tiredness.

Two Pitties in the City said...

I much prefer the term "pancaked" dog to our standard "dead dog" position.

Honey the Great Dane said...

Poor Penny - you look exhausted - and listening to what you've been up wonder! But I have to say, I do the "pancake dog effect" everyday regardless of whether I've had vigorous exertion or not (well, for me, having breakfast counts as vigorous exertion!)

Honey the Great Dane

parlance said...

Two Pitties, Dead Dog is a rather spectacular position also. But it involves some sideways movement in order to lie in the right way, and I think Penny was too tired to do anything other than collapse vertically, lol.

parlance said...

Honey, having read your blog regularly, I must admit you are VERY GOOD at the Pancaked Dog Effect (PDE).