Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Maya

Let me introduce you to my daughter's beloved Bernese Mountain Dog, 'Maya'.  She is a gentle giant and about the same age in dog years as my two granddaughters.  Maya is an only 'dog-child' and is very attached to my daughter and son-in-law.  Her biggest quirk is that she seems to think she is human.  I will illustrate how she tries to pretend she is human with the photos that follow:

We are doggy-sitting for a few hours today, and she is pining her little heart out as she insists on waiting for her loved ones by the door.  Yes, normal behaviour for a dog.

She keeps tilting her head with that questioning look that all dogs have, asking, "When will they be back?"

She hears their car and becomes very alert.

Once her loved ones return, she shifts into trying to do the human things they do.  "So Vanessa, let's sit and have a little chat.  What was so important that you had to abandon me for the whole afternoon with your parents?  They're okay, but they're not you!"  She always sits on the couch with one leg and paw resting on the back of the sofa, just as humans do.  Funny, lovable beast!

"I really think I am developing some major insecurities by being left with sitters!  Can you see how depressed it made me?  Have I convinced you yet to never, ever leave me again?"

"I'll just sit here with my paw on your shoulder while you tell everyone what a wonderful time you had going to visit friends without me.  Sigh......  And, I could care less that the SuperBowl is on television right now.  I just want to sit and look at you."

"Don't forget when I wave my paw toward the door that is your signal that I need to attend to some business outside!"  Yes, Maya does motion with her paw as if to say "Come over here and let me out!"... just like a human would wave you over with their arm.

We all adore you Maya.


17 comments:

  1. I adore Maya too. What a dog!

    I'm very impressed. But I'm not letting Lindsay see that "sitting on the sofa like a human thing", she has enough ideas in her head already.

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  2. these really are precious...the one witht he head cocked tot eh side on the arm...priceless...

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  3. Reading this post has infected me with a acute dog-wanting fever. I'm NOT revisiting this post...too dangerous.

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  4. Oh what pure Love is Maya!! Beautiful Hairy child...She adores her Mom to be sure..My dog also pouts when I leave him...and I find I miss him when I leave even on short trips..very much a part of my life..I love the waving of the paw to go outside..

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  5. Oh, Maya is just a furry little doll of a dog. Wonderful pictures that show exactly how bonded she is to her people! The love of a good dog is worth more than gold.

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  6. Maya is a beautiful dog, and shows such loyalty. It's painful to watch her pining. As you suggest it's like leaving a small child with the baby sitter.

    But at least you can generally talk to children about 'mummy coming back'. I suppose Maya might not understand this so well.

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  7. Hi Bonnie

    she is a gorgeous dog with such a soft and loving face. I wonder how much maintenance is required to keep her clean enough to sit on sofas.
    She looks so well cared for.
    When we left NZ many many moons ago we left our much loved mongrel with beloved's mother. Each time we returned for visits, which may have been at yearly intervals, or more, she became hysterically excited knowing it was us.
    Some dogs are nearly human!

    Happy days

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  8. That's adorable, Bonnie!! I'm a sucker for great big fluffy dogs and Bernese have such nice personalities too. That paw on the back of the couch is hilarious!

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  9. I have just fallen in love with Maya, I have not seen a dog sit like a human before. So beautiful.

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  10. I love the way she sits on the couch. Even more I love the way she looks at you.

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  11. bonnie i can't let my kids see this - the pressure they're putting on their mother for a dog would be quadrupled! what a dog bonnie!!!! steven

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  12. I adore her myself and we've just met!
    I love the name Maya!

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  13. She is beautiful. And yes. Totally adorable.

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  14. I also adore her! But I'm easy, I am the crazy dog lady, so I adore them all. I love the beckoning paw.

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  15. I adore Maya, too!! My husband loves Burmese Mountain dogs - well, I guess most dogs. But she is a very special breed and I just loved this post! Thanks for sharing, Bonnie.

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  16. Maya is gorgeous- what a face! Bernese Mt. Dogs are one of my favorite breeds.

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  17. Maya is beautiful and looks like she has such a sweet personality! I wouldn't mind babysitting her myself!

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